Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
My rating: ★★★★★
When I heard the title Fangirl for the first time, I honestly had to think of my friend Fabi. The world of fanfaction is not one I am really familiar with, I don’t think I have the ‘fangirl’ gene myself, but to see others soooo in love with certain characters is quite intriguing. She is the one who has told me all that I know about that world. It has made me curious. I have always wanted to know what that would feel like, so that was the first reason for me to pick up this book. It has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while now, so it was about time to actually read it.
What the book is about
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?
What I think about the book
I just loved reading Fangirl from the very beginning. I immediately fell in love with Cath as the main character, but the other characters (her twin sister Wren, her dad, her roommate Reagan and of course Levi) are great as well. The story is easy to read and I was sucked into her new world at college immediately. Somehow it made me feel like I would love to go back to college myself, because the fiction writing classes Cath is taking sound amazing to me. (Maybe I should just search for such a class myself, they are probably available for non-college students as well)
Cath has trouble fitting in at college, she loves being on her own and tries to avoid contact with other if it’s possible. Well, she has gotten pretty good at that. I can relate to that until some extend, but not entirely. I love being on my own, but I need people around me as well. But, with all that Cath has been through in her life and with her mother leaving them when she was young, I can imagine that she’s scared to get too attached to other people. Her drive to be independent is one I do understand, as is getting lost in fiction. With this novel it felt like I was actually sitting next to Cath on her dorm room bed, listening to the stories she’s writing and the thoughts in her head. I like that.
So what else can I say? Other than that the book was way too short for me (come on, I want to read more!) I have no negative feedback. All I want is to lay my hands on more books written by Rainbow Rowell, so that I can see if they are just as good as this one. Yes, I am excited!
As for writing fanfiction… I still don’t think it’s something I would do. I would love to be able to create my own world and my own characters. Not that I am any good at it, but I am willing to give that a try.