So, earlier on this year, there was this huge hype around Rainbow Rowell’s book Fangirl. Unfortunately, I didn’t read it right when it got released, but I definitely loved the book now that I had time to read it!
Basically, it’s about this girl, Cath(er), who goes off to college and has to deal with everything on her own for the first time in her life. She was used to spending her every waking minute with her twin sister Wren, but said twin sister is determined to redefine herself and start a seperate life from Cath in college. Now Cath has to deal with a new and unfriendly roommate, boys, family drama and most of all her Simon Snow fanfiction.
As always, I don’t want to give away too much, so, I am going to leave it at that with the description. There were a lot of reasons why I liked the book; it definitely wasn’t perfect, but it was darn close. All in all, it pretty much has everything in it a fangirl could want. Some cute romance, fanfiction, an alternate Harry Potter universe – and those are just the first things that come to mind. Besides the main storylines it also deals a little with the difficulties of being a writer, having to create something new and the anxiety of sharing it with others. Also, I can absolutely relate to Cath’s social anxiety, although sometimes she seemed a little too closed off from the world for my taste. The only thing I would have liked to explore more, was her relationship with Wren and her mom (who disappeared on them when they were still little). I feel that the whole dysfunctional family topic was well integrated, but not fully seen through in the end. In general, I felt like the ending was a little rushed in comparison to the rest of the book. Nonetheless, I love the story! I could barely stop reading and wish it could’ve gone on for just a little bit longer!
I havn’t read anything else by Rainbow Rowell, but I heard that Eleanor & Park was even better, so, I am going to check that book out as well!
As always, my questions to you: Have you read the book? Did you like/dislike it? Why? – But, I’d also like to know what are some things you are totally fangirling or fanboying (is that the male version?) over? If I had to start a list, we’d probably still be here tomorrow!