Title: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Review: I gave this book 4 out of 5, because even though it did hold my attention really well and I could connect with the main character Cath, I wasn’t pulled right in with the first few chapters. It wasn’t until I was almost halfway through the book that I got really into the story.
I have seen a lot of good reviews and mentions about this book as well as the author. Normally I just read books that I find when walking around a bookstore rather than what family, friends or other people recommend (mostly because we have different tastes in books) but I figured I would give this one a shot. When I started reading it was slow going and I was thinking that I might not be able to finish it, but the further I got the more into the story I was. I was able to start connecting with Cath and her anxiety with the big changes in that were happening in her life. Starting college and not really being able to make friends because she over thought everything. The plot really started to pick up the further along I got. The Cath started to come out of her shell and put herself out there with other people other than her roommate and roommate’s friend. The reader can really see Cath grow up and evolve as the story progresses. I would recommend this book to anyone, and I will definitely try some of Rainbow Rowell’s other books.