Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: YA, Contemporary
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Synopsis: 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?
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Review: Fangirl is a beautiful contemporary novel that everyone should read at least once.
There is a huge hype about this book out in the blogging community, so I thought why not, since everyone is loving this book, maybe I will too. Now I'm not a huge contemporary fan, I usually prefer to read Fantasy and Paranormal books, but this book is so amazing that no matter what type of book you read, you will love it either way.
Rowell's writing is perfection. I feel like anyone can relate to the characters just because they are so down to earth and realistic.
Now I've never been to college, so I can't tell you if Cath and Wren's experiences in college are realistic, but I definitely trust Rowell's writing, so thing like this would most likely happen to read people. This is one of the reasons why I strongly recommend this book. College and University are such scary parts of your life, especially if you're going there for the first time. A book like this would definitely help you understand things, like how much you have to study, you might get weird roommates, and that not everyone around you is the same age as you.
Almost everything about this book is perfect. The world-building is great, the characters are fantastic and the plot is just wonderful. The only thing that frustrated me a little was the ending. While it wasn't very clear on what happens to Cath in the future, we do get to know how her class turned out. I wish we could have had a little more detail about what happens next, but I also admire the authors way of keeping the audience guessing. I'm hoping that there will be another book to help tie up some of the loose ends.
Either way, I highly recommend this book to every reader out there, no matter what genre you read. This is a fantastic story that's easily relatable.