By Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Reading Level: Not difficult, but you need to know English.
Similar Authors: John Green, David Levithan, Maureen Johnson
“A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
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?” (Goodreads)
Before anyone says it, I know that I always “borrow” my synopsis from Goodreads, but it is because I really suck at summarizing, and I apologize, but it is what it is.
So, onto the actual review aspect of this book…
It is so incredibly, amazingly, great, I don’t really know what to do with myself… I even found the need to resist the urge to use Caps Lock, I’m so excited… and I hate it when people use Caps Lock unnecessarily. I actually made squeaky noises while reading the book, I love it so much.
So what do I love about? Putting aside the obvious answer of, everything, I guess the best part about Fangirl is its beautifully painful realism. It’s so realistic – in a way that kind of scares me, but also makes me want to go down on my knees and worship Rowell.
The main character, Cath(er), is someone I can relate to, and I believe that is why I am having such a strong (and positive) reaction to this book. Not only does she make me feel sort of proud (I guess) to be nerdy, but it makes me feel like it is okay to not be perfect; to sometimes feel insecure. Which is, truly, a great release from the pressures of everyday life. Perhaps that is why we read: to escape these pressures. Perhaps that is why we write…
I am going to cut myself off, before becoming too philosophical, and continue on giving my opinion on the book, and not my ideas about life.
Cath is really a great character – she has so much depth to her, and it is a kind of depth that you don’t realize until later on in the novel. As well as many of the other characters – like Levi. I am not going to explain him very much, mainly because I will ruin the novel for you, and that is something that I really don’t want to do. You should be free to enjoy every second of this novel, without my spoiling it beforehand.
So, I recommend this book to anyone, but probably especially fangirls… To fangirls out there, I am just going to say that it’s like reading about your own life.
Have a great New Year!