Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by Pan Macmillan on January 30th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
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 tale of fanfiction, family, and first love
I begin this review by saying this was my favourite book (so far) this year. I loved everything about it, and Rainbow Rowell has done it again.
Cather [Cath] and Wren (so named because their mother only had one name, so split it in two when she had twins … ‘Catherine’) have just started college, and while Wren is off having the time of her life, Cath is not. Her roommate, Reagan, is crazy, Reagan’s ‘boyfriend’, Levi, is always around and in their room, she doesn’t want to go to the food hall, and all she wants to do is write her Simon Snow fanfiction before the final book in the series is released.
Fangirl follows Cath as she gets into University life, as she discovers who her true friends are, as she continues to write her fanfic, as she deals with family dramas, ‘friend’ dramas, and as she falls in love. With college parties, campus life, trips home in the weekend, late night reading-aloud sessions with Levi, and generally finding her way in the world, Fangirl is an awesome story and I will definitely be reading this one again.
Once again, Rainbow Rowell’s writing style is wonderful. I love the way she creates the characters in her stories, and they way she writes. Every character is always so unique and so solid, and you just want to jump into the book and hang out with them. Even the not-so-nice ones. When it comes to main characters, you guys will probably know by now, if you read these reviews, that a main character that I like is hard to come by. But I love Cath. I love how she is a writer, how she feels about starting something so big and new like college, and how she doesn’t really know just how awesome she is. I love Levi too, and once again may have fallen for a fictional character.
If you’re a fan (ha!) of Rainbow Rowell, and you haven’t read this yet (it actually took me a while to grab it off my shelf even though I bought it months and months ago), do read it. Seriously.
If you’ve already read it, did you love it?!