Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlTitle: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Source/Format: Won (giveaway); Hardcover
More Details: Young Adult; Contemporary
Publisher/Publication Date: St. Martin's Press; September 10, 3013

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Synopsis from Goodreads... 

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 have been hearing about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell since it came out way back in 2013. And, I don’t know, I guess I’ve just put off reading it for a long time since the hype was everywhere. However, I’ve had a copy sitting on my shelf for a while now, and recently I decided to go ahead and take the plunge. Fangirl was not a bad book. I liked the overall story, and particularly enjoyed how Rowell handled some of the themes in the novel. I think what I liked best about Fangirl wasn’t actually Cath’s fan fiction writing, but all the other elements that made up the story. Don’t get me wrong, the fandom/fan fiction parts were fine on their own. However, what I liked more than anything else was seeing Cath adjust to college life and how she dealt with turmoil in her family and personal life. Those parts were especially awesome. Cath’s story was the focus of Fangirl, but I also liked the secondary characters too. Cath’s college roommate came off as kind of unapproachable, but I instantly liked her character. Cath’s twin sister Wren was alright too. They each went through their fair share of changes, sometimes together and sometimes alone, and the learning moments that both Cath and Wren experienced was handled in a way that fully explored the issues. As such, I really liked the dynamics of the friendships and relationships in Fangirl.

So, I went into Fangirl with literally no expectation besides wanting to finally get to this book, and came away thoroughly entertained with a handful of new favorite characters.

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