Thursday, June 26, 2014

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Current Goodreads rating 4.22

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?

Characters: Cath and Wren really reminded me of myself and my sister.  No, we aren't twins, nor were we ever really best friends, but I relate to Cath's love for books and her introversion.  On the other hand, my sister is much like Wren, more social to say the least.  Initially, I wasn't a huge fan of Wren because she ditches her sister.  The two grow apart, and I felt for Cath.  I was delighted when Cath found Levi who makes her happy and is always therefor her.  I even loved Regan.  Her iciness thaws, and she is actually pretty cool.  Haha pun intended.   

Plot: I listened to the audio book (the narrators were great), and I'll admit that I checked out during the Simon Snow scenes.  Then, I was talking with my friends and found out that they completely skipped over the fanfic.  Aside from that, I loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!

I loved the evolution of the relationships between child and parent, sister and sister, girl and boy, etc.
I loved that Rainbow Rowell brings attention to mental illness and shows the importance of forgiveness.
I loved that this could be considered NA and it doesn't have any sexual content.
And I love the romance.



This is the perfect read for the summer before entering college.  That's when I read it, and it has a special place in my heart now....(Awwww)

x Carly
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