Review Time: Fangirl

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Fangirl

Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: 2013

Pages: 445

Version: Hardcover

Started: 2017/02/04

Finished: 2017/02/05

Rating: 4.5

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis: From the author of 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?

My Thoughts: This was such a cute book!  I’m sure I’m a little bias on this because I’m for sure one of the people out there who grew up reading fanfiction and for a while I was reading more fanfiction then I was published books.  I also had a love of the Harry Potter fanfiction and for sure read slash.  So going into this book I completely empathized with Cath in many ways.

I felt this was a great coming of age story for somebody who perhaps isn’t what the world sees as the “average” person, Cath has a father she watches over, a sister she worries about and her own challenges she’s working through.  I love that she’s not perfect, and enjoyed and could feel her struggles as she was navigating this new world of school.

The Simon Snow story had me cracking up at parts, because it’s obviously a reference to the Harry Potter fanfiction out there and reading it I was able to figure out who was who pretty easily.

My first question is are all of Rainbow’s books like this?  I might have to pick up her other stuff in the future if they are all this enjoyable (Hello, finished this in 2 days).

Has anyone else read this? What’d you think?

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