Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 10, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, 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?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
What I Thought…
- I feel like everyone has been talking about Rainbow Rowell forever, and I just keep saying “Sure, I’ll read one of her books soon!” and then I don’t. And I regret that choice.
- Fangirl was nothing short of amazing. The writing. The Characters. The conflicts. All of it. Amazing.
- It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book where I felt such a close connection with the main character. On the surface Cath and I have nothing in common. I’m not a twin, I come from a stable home and I don’t write fanfiction. But there is so much about Cath that reminds me of me. The fear of making contact with people and making friends. Trusting people. Fear of the unknown. I suffer from all of that. I picked a college that was 4 hours away from home and lasted only one semester before coming home and going to community college, a choice that I’ve always wondered “What if?” about. Despite the fact that Cath and I have such different life experiences all of the choices she had to make remind me of some of the choices that I’ve had to make and how hard it is to make some of those choices. I tend to hide in my little bubble, not wanting to meet new people or try new things – because those things scare me, like they scared Cath.
- Alright enough about me, let’s talk about Fangirl! Cath and her twin Wren are off to their first year at college and Fangirl is all about making decisions and growing up. Fangirl focuses on Cath, but as a twin much of it has to do with Wren as well.
- Cath and Wren’s mother left when they were younger and they were raised by their dad. They have interesting family dynamics that are both lovely and heartbreaking at the same time.
- The relationship between Cath and Wren is a bit strained in the book. Cath wants things to stay the same while Wren is looking for change which causes some friction between them. Despite the fact that their relationship was a bit strained I loved their interactions and how no matter what they were there for each other.
- Cath’s stuck with Reagan as a roommate. Reagan is one of my favorite secondary characters ever. She was quirky and fun and a little bit mean, but in a good way. She is especially good for Cath.
- Levi blew me away. He was sweet and funny and awkward (I love when guys are awkward). He’s a forever kind of guy and not in an instalove kind of way. I could go on forever about how awesome he is, but I’ll stop here.
- Even though I’ve never wrote or read fanfiction I loved that aspect of the book. I felt like having actual snippets of Cath’s fanfiction lets you see a different side of her, one that she doesn’t really let show in her real life. Plus the fanfiction stories were cute and funny.
- One of the best things about Fangirl is that Rowell does not wrap everything up in a bow at the end. Yes their is a happily ever after of sorts, but there are several conflicts in the book and they are not all resolved which I like because it makes Fangirl seem that much more real.
“How do you not like the internet? That’s like saying, ‘I don’t like things that are convenient. And easy. I don’t like having access to all of mankind’s recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don’t like light. And knowledge.'”
“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”
“Just … isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”