Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: September 10, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Reading Period: July 14-17, 2017
Description (from Goodreads):
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
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?
I’m expecting a lot from this book because I saw a lot of positive reviews about this and I’m intrigued.
Cather or Cath Avery has an identical twin sister, Wren. They are opposite. Cath is having a hard time socializing and has anxiety. She’s not comfortable with new people. On the other hand, Wren loves socializing. Bot Cath and Wren are fans of Simon Snow series. Cath is known as fanfiction writer at Fanfixx. Both went through different struggles such as family problems, school stuff and relationships but they story focuses on Cath.
What I like about Cath is her humor and dedication into writing. I also like how she likes Levi. I find them cute and adorable. Levi is lovable! Though he doesn’t admit it but he’s a nerd. Their chemistry magnetizes me to keep on reading.
However, Fangirl didn’t exceed my expectations and I didn’t expect this book to be like this. I’ve read good reviews about it but I’m not that fascinated with it. Maybe I’m expecting it to be different because of the the title. And maybe because I can’t really relate with Cath though I really understand how she feels. I mean Cath writes fanfictions and this book include some “fanfictions” about Simon and Baz written by Cath and some “excerpts” from GTL, maybe because I know that Carry On is already publish so I didn’t bother to read each story/excerpts because I want to read the book. I practically skip those parts and focus on Cath and Levi’s story instead.
Fangirl is well-written. The story is unique, catchy and entertaining. I’ll probably read Carry On soon. Again, I didn’t expect how this book turns out because maybe in my mind I’m expecting that Cath fangirl with a celebrity instead of book characters. I’m now opening my eyes with it because I, myself, fangirl with book characters!
“Just … isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“But there’s nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing.”
“I’m not you. Making people happy makes me feel good. If anything, it gives me more energy for the people I care about.”