Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA contemporary (although it has NA characters. But it’s definitely YA)
Length: 445 pages
Published by: St Martin’s Press (a division of Macmillan)
Source: I bought it!
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?
This is the start of Fangirl Frenzy Week, where I talk all things fangirling. About lots of things. And I thought it was fitting to review Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell on the first day on this week.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said? I mean seriously. Everyone loves this book. Right? (actually I’d love to hear from you if you don’t love it! Black sheep opinions are my favourite opinions! Except if they’re racist or sexist or, you know…not good).
Let’s start with…characters. Okay.
Cath: I related with her so much. She doesn’t like people, she loves writing, she’s a fangirl and she’s not very confident. I mean, I don’t write fan-fiction but I can understand why that’s so important to her. I think I’ve told you guys before that I was an admin for a Harry Potter page, and I thought (still think, really) that that is really cool.
Levi: Ahhhhhh, Levi. Cutie McCute-Face. Rainbow Rowell didn’t even have a last name for him until people pointed out he didn’t have one! He’s adorable, and he’s nice to everyone, and he doesn’t like reading, and he’s such a well-rounded character and RAINBOW ROWELL IS JUST AMAZING OKAY??
Reagan: Another fantastic character. She was also really well-developed. I loved how mean yet simultaneously really nice she could be.
Wren: Cather and Wren. Yeahhhh….anyway, Cath’s twin is cool, too. She makes some silly decisions and I wish I could have seen more of how she and Cath used to interact.
THE FANDOM STUFF
I admit to being a bit confused as to what Simon Snow was based off. At the beginning I thought Harry Potter – it seemed obvious. But then they reference Harry Potter in the middle of the book, so I got confused!!! There are a lot of parallels between the two, but in the end I think Rainbow Rowell’s created an interesting story all of her own, and I’d love to read the actual versions. Sometimes, excerpts of books within books get boring, but I really enjoyed all of it.
THE OTHER STUFF
You know, some of this is actually quite sad. I didn’t expect that. But it’s not all fluffy, and the family stuff really is quite realistic. Wren and Cath drifting apart was awful to see, and Levi was great comic relief for that. Their Dad was a nice addition, and I liked the way Rainbow Rowell dealt with the mum.
Writing was brilliant and I loved the Simon Snow parts and I just YES PLEASE I WOULD LIKE MORE BOOKS FROM YOU, RAINBOW ROWELL.
(this is a new section of my reviews in which I talk about what I wish could have happened in the book)
– More on the fandom stuff. That’s about it. This didn’t cover much except fan-fiction, and even that process didn’t go in-depth.
But yeah. Awesome.
Rating: 5/5 Wonderkitties