fangirl by rainbow rowell
★ pages: 445
★ genre: young adult, fiction, romance, contemporary
★ release date: september 10 2013
▽ (unrelated sequel): carry on
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?
The plot is seriously cute! I love that Cath wasn’t going into high school (or something ridiculous like that) because it definitely would have made the book seem juvenile. And the fact that she is going to college makes the struggle with dropping Simon Snow all the more intriguing, and less a stupid obsession.
This, again, is by Rainbow Rowell, who is an author I absolutely love. She totally captures the spirit of a fangirl (hehe, see what I did there?), and being one myself, I relate to Cath totally. I love her spirit, and her fanficiton, because it’s much better than anything I’ve ever written. And Cath cares very deeply about everyone important to her, and that’s a trait I respect. Every character in this book is seriously unique compared to everyone around them, and that’s something I love.
writing style: 5/5
Rainbow Rowell’s writing style is so unique! She writes so well, and each and everything she says flows like a stream. There’s never a disconnect, and you will be enchanted with every single word.
I loved it! Every single thing about it was wonderful and great and all of you should read it. Whether or not you’ve read carry on, you’ll definitely want to read it again by the end of Fangirl. Please check it out!