Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: September 10th, 2013
Source: E-galley from publisher
Buy The Book: Amazon/Barnes and Noble
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars! 2013 favorite!
From the author the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park
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’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?
So right now I am listening to the Eleanor and Park audio book and really enjoying it and when I saw the summary for Fangirl I was so excited, being a blogger and a book lover in general we can all relate to being Fan girls or boys and I personally have read a lot of fan fiction over the years. I haven't read fan fiction in a while but, after reading this book I wanted to start again because it reminded me of how awesome it is! I have to say that Rainbow did an absolutely amazing job with this one, it was a great contemporary read and really adorable which may not sound like a good thing but, after reading this book it just made me feel good and it stayed in my mind for days after reading it. It was one of those books that once I finished I wanted to read it all over again.
Cather or Cath and Wren are twins and have been inseparable since birth. But , when they both go off to college Wren throws a wrench in their plans saying that she doesn't want to be roommates with Cath at college and she wants to meet new people. This catches Cath completely off guard, she and Wren have always been close and she feels like she is slipping away from her. One thing her and Wren have always shared was the love for Simon Snow, a book series that reminded me a lot of the popularity of Harry Potter. Her and Wren have wrote Simon Snow fan fiction together for years and Cath is a very popular fan fiction writer and with the last book of the series coming out, Cath wants to write her own last book to Simon Snows story. Cath is forced to look at herself and her life and she begins to find out who she is without her sister, on her own.
Cath's character was adorable and completely endearing. She was awkward and shy, but you couldn't help but fall in love with her. She wasn't ready to embrace the whole college experience and not having her sister to help her along stopped her from going out and making new friends, even from eating in the dining hall. As much as I didn't like that Wren just abandoned her sister during this new experience it was honestly good for Cath I think it helped her find out who she was without being a twin, her roommate Reagan who was a sophomore took Cath under wing and also inadvertently introducing her to her love interest Levi.
I loved the romance it was sweet and completely believable. Cath didn't even realize that Levi was flirting with her for the first third of the book. Cath and Levi both brought a smile to my face. Their romance was just adorable and I wanted to read about the tow of them forever.
Fangirl was the perfect read for me as a book lover and blogger I think it made me fall in love with it anymore. Anyone who has a connection to books and writing will not be able to not love this one. Rainbow Rowell did an amazing job and is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary authors.
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