Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
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? Writing her own stories? Open her heart to someone? Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?
Summary: (No spoilers)
Girl has papa with mental health issues, but that doesn't slow her love for him. Girl's mom left. Girl's twin is drifying away.
Girl meets obnoxious, but awesome, roommate. Girl meets boy. Girl meets another boy.
Girl struggles with writing, living in college, and being an introvert.
Girl = awesome.
Just saying. Awesome!
I'm not one for giving away endings, so I won't for any of my reviews. But this girl she's got a mixed ending that's awesome. Cath is a complex character with complex issues to face.
I loved this book.
I love it the whole time, which is rare. So often I want to throw the book across the room at some point or another. But with Fangirl I can't think of a time I didn't want to keep reading.
Granted, when I walked into it I was a little skeptical. As an author the idea of fan fiction is a tricky one. I think any writing is wonderful. I'd never discourage any writing (well other than plagiarism obviously). Just like I would never discourage any reading. Writing fan fiction is actually flattering. The exception is when a writer attempts to make money off fan fiction. That makes me mad. Other than that I encourage any writing. But I've never written it. So I didn't think I'd feel a connection. I was SO wrong.
Cath is endearing through her love of fanfic. She loves and lives through her love of fantasy characters.
Cath is wonderful. Her issues were relatable, almost all of them, at least on some level. Plus, hello, she wears glasses. I love glasses. I love nerdy introverts. I love people who can't quite say what they feel. I love flawed and token characters. I LOVE Cath!
This was my first Rainbow book, but I plan to read Attachments, Landline, and Eleanor and Park. That's right, she hooked me with Fangirl FOR SURE.
Yes. Yes! YES! I've already been telling people to read it, and I will keep doing recommending. It's on my favorite list now :)