“You give away nice like it doesn’t cost you anything.”
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
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?
Rainbow Rowell is a phenomenal writer, seriously she’s amazing. I don’t know why I took so long to pick up her books but Fangirl was one of the bets contemporaries I have ever read!
Fangirl was everything that I look for in a contemporary romance: cute, funny, fluffy. Cath was a character who I related to in most ways; an obsessive fanfiction writer who still faced real life problems like relationship issues and anxiety. Her view on life was quirky and unique and a real joy to read!
Despite this I think Levi was probably my favourite character; he was amusing and just such a /good/ person it made me smile! Reagan and Wren were also amazing characters with amazingly written personalities.
I didn’t like Nick as much though, I think his and Cath’s relationship could have added a lot more to the story if it was elaborated more throughout the story.
There wasn’t a strong plot in this book; but I don’t think it would have worked as well if it was a plot-driven book. This book was certainly a character driven plot which worked very well considering Rowell’s obvious talent at character development.
Overall, I think this was a nice light read which I think is going to contrast very well with my next read (Miss Peregrine’s)!