>> Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: 2013
The Short Version:
College freshman Cath Avery faces big changes in her life.
Why I Read It:
I thoroughly enjoyed Rowell’s book Eleanor & Park and have heard good things about this one so I decided to give it a try.
From the publisher:
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. . . .
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. . . . 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
I liked this book a lot. I'll admit that I liked Eleanor & Park a bit more but this one was good too. I'm far removed from the generation of present day college kids but I could still relate to a lot of the issues of being that age and totally out of your comfort zone and having to go it on your own without your familiar anchors. As with Eleanor & Park, Rowell manages to take characters who are intelligent but outsiders and make them relatable to me.
Cath's primary anchors have been her twin sister and their involvement with the online world of Simon Snow fan fiction writers and readers. Simon Snow is a bit like Harry Potter and a mix of magic and vampire story. Suddenly she's without Wren and she has no one with whom she feels comfortable. She's wary of telling anyone about her fanfic and even though it's a major source of comfort and validation for her (she has a huge following) she feels like she needs to hide that part of herself. Her roommate Reagan prods Cath with a bit of tough love and the first love story plays out with both warmth and humor.
I liked Cath and in many ways could empathize with her. As the book progressed and her and Wren's background was filled in she became even more sympathetic to me.
If you liked Eleanor & Park I’d recommend reading this one too.