Published by Macmillan on September 10th 2013
Genres: Girls & Women, Young Adult
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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
The first 50 – 75 pages, Cath annoyed the shit out of me. I was all, “Get over yourself and get out there gurl! You can’t keep eating energy bars! Your roommate’s boyfriend is not going to rape you!” After we got past all that though, it was pretty sweet sailing. Come to think of it, most of the characters in this book rubbed the the wrong way at one point or another during the narrative. I guess the two that stand out are Cath’s roommate, Reagan and Levi – which seems odd because Reagan’s a bit of a social nightmare herself.
There are red-herrings in the book that are fairly obvious, but that doesn’t detract from how fun this book was. I was irritated at first by the Simon Snow excerpts between chapters – but after the first few chapters they started to grown on me. I read this book in a single sitting over about four hours. I liked Eleanor & Park a lot, but I found Fangirl to be just as compelling. It’s a great coming of age story and Rowell shows that she has the talent to write teenage characters well enough to make adult readers really remember what it’s like to BE a teenager and subsequently allow those of us many removed from that first year of college to empathize and fall in love with these characters.
Also, I always love Rainbow Rowell’s covers.
What were your thoughts on Fangirl, Reader? What about other books by Rainbow Rowell?