Title: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Date Published: 10th September 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.
Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate 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.
Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . . .
A love story about opening your heart by Rainbow Rowell, the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park.
You can read my previous Bedtime Book Review, The Chalk Man, here.
Cath is off to College, which would be alright if her twin sister Wren hadn’t decided to put as much space in between them as possible. Out of her comfort zone, sharing a room with a surly girl named Reagan who’s endlessly cheerful boyfriend Levi is always hanging around, Cath turns to her one obsession; writing fanfiction about her favourite characters Simon Snow and his arch nemisis Baz.
Okay I’m going to start by getting something off my chest, this book made me feel so old! Usually I don’t made a good bit of Young Adult fiction but I probably shouldn’t have read this a month before my birthday, a yearly reminder that my life is slipping away…
Okay, enough of the self pity! I adored Cath, she is awkward, shy, naive and prefers a fictional world to the real world, I mean who doesn’t? Also her mum left when she was young leaving her and her sister with her mentally ill dad (I believe he’s meant to be bipolar) who’s health is up and down. It shows that even though she had to take on the role of parent and carer and matures quickly, underneath she’s still that abandoned little girl who has trouble trusting anyone.
Most of the people around her I would have liked to have given a good slap to, her sister and her writing partner/self involved wannabe author Nick are two standouts. But then we have Levi, always smiling, always kind even though Cath tries her best to push him away.
Throughout the book, there’s little excepts of the ‘real’ Simon Snow books and Cath’s fanfiction which I found a nice little touch. Simon Snow seemed to be, to me anyway, inspired by the Harry Potter series with just a hint of Twilight in there. People reading Fangirl may have an issue with the fact Cath writes stories where Baz, Simon’s arch nemesis, and Simon falling in love. A straight girl writing gay fiction about two boys, I hear you cry, I urge you to check out fanfiction sites it’s quite a common occurrence.
I wouldn’t say there’s a whole lot of drama throughout most of the book and I did find the first half of it a little slow going but it ended up being such a sweet coming of age story I kind of forgot about most of the books faults. I’m actually quite shocked hasn’t been made into a movie!
I know Carry On, the fanfiction that Cath writes throughout the story has also been published as a book, I might have to pick it up.
Rating: 4/5About The Author:
Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline).
Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On.).
But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.
When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.
She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.