Title: Fangirl (Goodreads)
Published by: St. Martin’s Press in September 2013
Genre: contemporary, young adult
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?
I feel like this is the perfect book for every fangirl out there whether you’re a fan of a book series or a game or even a band. It explains exactly how you feel about what you’re most passionate about. It might even give the biggest geeks (like me) some hope of finding your other half. It’s so refreshing to read a book with characters you can relate to so much.
It also explains what fanfiction might mean to those who write it. I don’t write fanfiction nor do I read any but I can imagine that the term ‘fanfiction’ is misunderstood and underappreciated. But in the end it’s exactly how it’s described in the book: you keep living in a world you love so much, with the characters you love so much. It’s an extention of the original thing.
Cath is quite an unusual character to read about. She’s different and I liked that about her. She’s a geek and she likes to just sit in her room, fangirling over her favorite book series just like I sometimes do (and I imagine a bunch of you too). I recognized myself in her more than I’d like to admit.
When reading the part where Cath and her friends go to the midnight book release and she’s holding the book, crying, I felt like crying too because it reminded me of the ‘end’ of Harry Potter. I’m still not over the fact that there are no more books coming out, no more movies, … . It made me miss Harry and Hogwarts even more. Oh, and I would definitely read Simon Snow books if they were a real thing! Can that happen?
I think every fangirl out there will enjoy reading this book. It’s a great contemporary with more than just a romance, there’s more than that going on.
I will definitely be checking out other books by Rainbow Rowell. I love her writing and I heard very good things about Eleanor & Park…