Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA, contemporary
Publisher: St-Martin’s Press
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?
“Isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”
God bless Rainbow Rowell and her wonderful, wonderful writing. She has a way of taking usually mundane topics and situations and writing about them with such honesty and loveliness that you just can’t stop reading.
I fell in love with her characters. I don’t even know if I prefer dashing Levi, badass Reagan, complex Dad, or introverted Cath. Like, I actually cannot decide on this.
But I have to say that it was awesome to have a father figure that played such a big role in the story. I really cared about Cath’s family problems, and I wanted the dad to be all right, so bad.
Also, I loved that I could relate to Cath on so many levels.
Especially this one, haha:
“You’ve got your shit together, you’re not scared of anything. I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster.”
I love that Rowell made me laugh out loud so many times. And then made me want to curl in a ball and cry? Like, how does she do that?
Also, oh my god, let’s talk about the Simon Snow fanfic.
I loved how it was weaved through the actual story, and it reminded me so much of ME AND MY UNDYING LOVE FOR HARRY POTTER. I could relate so bad. And it made me want to go back in time and read all the books for the first time, and talk about it all the time and not be judged for it because
Loving Simon isn’t something one does alone or once a year at a convention–for thousands of fans of all ages, loving Simon Snow is nothing less than a lifestyle.
I mean, that quote is clearly about Harry Potter, yeah?
Anyway, I freaking loved this book. (Fangirl, I mean. And all of the HP, obvs.)
That’s it for me!
Did you guys love Fangirl as much as I did?
Could you pick a favorite character?
Do you wish you had a twin sister/brother?
Let me know in the comments!
BY THE WAY
Did you know I launched a beautiful little online book this month?
It’s called Dean & Lily – Season One, and everything you need to know about it is RIGHT HERE.
Thanks for reading everyone!