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. 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 fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I know, I know, this isn’t really my usual genre… completely different. But a friend recommended it to me, and I thought, why not?

Well, firstly, I thought it was a really cute story. I can completely relate to Cath’s obsessive fangirling, which I thought was really sweet. The book also offers an accurate insight into the mind of a fan.

Like I said, a really cute and sweet story. It’s just that I’m into reading fantasy and sci-fi for a reason – books are my escape from the real world. When I read, I completely immerse myself into the main character’s identity, and a realistic book just reminds me of all the problems in life. Yeah, I know how I’m being a bit dramatic, but well then.

I did like how Cath, although she isn’t really independent, never came across as clingy. I really love the way Rainbow Rowell developed her characters so well. I’m also pretty glad that even though there was nothing big happening, or that there was no clear plot, you didn’t lose interest in the story.

I’ll just say that it was a nice book, but nothing extraordinary. I think the main reason it has done so well is because of the whole relatable fangirling thing.

Other than that, nothing much to say.

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