Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.
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?
Now. I don’t want to trash this book, because I didn’t hate it. Sometimes I just get it into my head that I didn’t like a book and I begin to hate it more than I actually did (if that makes sense). This book was just so hyped that unless I absolutely loved it chances were that I would feel disappointed.
The problem is, that I can’t actually comment on anything technically wrong with this book. The writing style was okay, the story line was okay, the characters and their development were okay. The one thing I could possibly say is the length of the book seemed titanic. By the time I got halfway I felt like I should be nearing the end. The bottom line is that sometimes there is just something and although you aren’t sure what it is, that you didn’t like – this is one of those times.
I feel like I need to inject more positivity into my life and say some good things about this book. You know what? There are some things that I did like!
- The love interest was a really nice guy!!!!!! Like really nice!!! It was quite refreshing after the abundance of assholes that seem to have taken over YA, for the protagonist to fall for a very friendly, very smiley guy who guy who didn’t look like a fricking underwear model.
- Oops… I was going to make a list but now I have realised I can’t think of anything else I loved about this book.
I really did want to love this book. I have read quite a lot of fanfiction and this idea seemed so cute! Unfortunately, even that aspect of the book didn’t excite me. In all honesty, it was an okay read. Just okay. I probably would’ve given it 2 stars had it of not been for the lovely dovely boy!
So yeah, to sum that up: I didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. However, due to the enormous amount of great reviews this book has received, there is a great chance that if you read it you’ll love it. Based on my opinion I wouldn’t recommend it, but based on other people’s I would.