I’m back home! As much as I love Tennessee, I am glad to be back in my own bed 🙂 I was able to go through a couple books over my vacation which was really nice. Here is the first book that I finished just a few days ago:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a young adult contemporary about a girl who may not be the most social. Cather is the opposite of her twin sister, Wren, who is far more outgoing, popular, and let’s just face it, prettier than she is. She is her sister’s shadow who has to be dragged along when Wren is invited to birthday parties. Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, they were inspirable.. until college. Cath always assumed that they would go off to the same school and be roomies, but she was only half right. While they both accepted to the same college, Wren wants space from her sister in a different dorm across campus. Now, Cath is alone.. in a strange place.. with no one to talk to.. except Simon Snow!
Over the last couple years, Cath became the ultimate fangirl. Through her extensive fanfiction, she has gained millions of followers and loyal fans to her version of the Simon Snow series. Soon, the last and final book of the real Simon series is about to come out, and the deadline to end the fanfiction series HER way is creeping up. But, reality hits her hard when one of her teachers may be getting in the way. Cath has to choose between her loyal fans or her academic career.
Cath begins to realize what it is like without her safety-blanket of a sister. She struggles with the hardships of finding new friends, growing out of her shell, and the path her sister and father are going down. Not to mention the reappearance of their long-lost mother. Between her and her sister, she may just come out with the better end of the stick. This is a story about family, fanfiction, and loyalty.
Out of all of the thousands of books that I have read in my life, I have to say that this is the most I have EVER related to a
character. Rainbow Rowell hit spot on about the other side of college life. Her character developments of Cather and Wren I believe show what it is really like in the decision making that takes place in college. You have the outgoing partier and the shy, easy-going girl. This alone made Fangirl stand out to me a whole lot. The situations throughout the book can be seen in many peoples’ lives. This is the first Rainbow Rowell book that I have read, and It definitely wont be the last. I hope to see if she does similar characterization in her other novels.
Overall, this was a very fun, fast-paced read. There were only a FEW somewhat slow parts, but even then, the story was entertaining. I think this is a must-read for all young adult lovers. Not only do we follow Cath and Wren, but we also get hints of their father who became mentally unstable when their mother left them when the girls were young. He alone is a character that you want to know more about. The relationships between Cath and her first new roommate draws you in as well. The ending is satisfactory, but I am still left with wanting to know more about the relationships that develop throughout the story. As a whole, I give Fangirl 5 out of 5 stars! There is a lot of references to fanfiction along with a world that is based off of Harry Potter, plagiarism, and writing in general. You definitely should check this book out!
More Book Information:
Published: 10 September 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
How I Read It: Barnes & Noble Collector’s Edition
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