Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 are 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 is 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?


I can't help but think about Harry Potter while I read Simon Snow excerpts from this book. Talk about fan fiction, right? It actually feels like double fan fiction with the Harry Potter-Simon Snow analogy. I've heard of fan fiction but I never had once ever thought about the authors behind these things. So this is quite an eye-opener for me.

I love Rainbow Rowell and I love her books, but from the three I've read (AttachmentsEleanor & Park and this, Landline still on my TBR), so far this is at the least of my favorites. I do love the characters of this book and her writing style, though.

Cath - I love that she is not the perfect college girl or the perfect sister. I can also relate to her since I basically took charge of the house since my mom died.

Levi - I knew there was some twist to his character. He has been depicted as Reagan's boyfriend at the first half of the the book. But all the while, I was thinking that he might be her brother. I guess I was half-wrong.

Wren - I think we can all say that her character is very strong and effective. I did feel a bit rage at her character at the beginning of the book. And then it all melted into love towards the end.

Reagan - She's like the Ben (Paper Towns) of this book. She's the one that makes me feel a little lighter every time I pick up this book.

Art - I'm not really getting his artistic and parenting style. It's funny how Cath turned out so well with him being her parent.

Nick - This douche, I knew there was something going to go wrong with him. Either he was going to turn out gay or he's gonna sexually harass Cath during their writing sessions. So as he did what he did, I was smiling to myself saying, 'Thank God he did not rape her."

I love how Rowel terminated Cath and Wren's mother's presence the way she did at the time they needed her most. It's like a metaphor for her not ever showing up again in their lives, which I think might be good for their father.

I basically enjoyed reading this book, but as I've said it's number 3 in my Favorite Rainbow Rowell books.

Rating: 4/5


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