Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: September 10, 2013
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?
Yup, should have read this one earlier :/ I feel like this could be my official motto/mantra/what-have-you lately.
Let’s address the most important thing first. This book is centered around Harry Potter (well, “Simon Snow”) fan fiction. And there’s a lot of excerpts in the book. Now I’m not a huge fan of fan fiction (I’ve just never gotten into it) so I was a little hesitant about that part. So I have to admit, I skipped over about 75% of the fan fiction, even though it was well written. I just couldn’t get into it :/ I’m hoping I didn’t miss anything significant by skipping it, but even if I did, I still really enjoyed the book.
I’m always fascinated with stories about twins, especially when they start taking different paths in life. This is exactly what takes place in Fangirl. I can’t imagine being that similar to another human being and going to college together, only to start taking different paths and growing apart. I think the author did a great job of portraying that feeling of hurt and disloyalty.
I also enjoyed following Cath’s journey while she met and developed relationships with her roommate and other classmates. I remember that awkward feeling of knowing practically no one in college and I appreciated how much that awkwardness came out of the pages. Reading the roommate scenes took me back to my own college roommate experiences and I had a chance to take a trip down memory lane…and be proud of myself for surviving the ordeal
I continue to love Rainbow Rowell’s writing and am bound and determined to read Attachments soon so I can be all caught up until Landline comes out in July 2014.