Blurb from Goodreads…
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 fanfiction, 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 that 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 fanfiction 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Cute. Witty. Sardonic. Sad. Funny. Relative.
One of my new favourites. Hands down.
Rainbow Rowell brought to life an angsty portrayal of an 18yo in her first year of college. One that also suffers from anxiety, that does seem to control her in many aspects of her life. (That would be Cather.) I found her thought processes to be on point in dealing with anxiety, and the insecurities one would face not just with turning 18 and heading off to college, but of one who is introverted, and yet still manages to navigate college life, having a dorm roommate, and becoming friends with new people. Not to mention dealing with all that “boy-girl stuff.” You know, like liking boys, and having a boyfriend. All the while being seperated from her twin (Wren), and constanting worrying about her, and the well-being of their dad. Which from what I can tell through the narrative, Dad suffers from mental illness as well, most likely bipolar disorder. And dealing with heavy abandonment issues, resulting from Cath and Wren’s mum leaving when they were still very young. Cath has some anger issues when it comes to that. They are still on point in their portrayals of this hurt.
Aside from the mental illness aspects, Cather also writes fanfic for the fictional tales of Simon Snow. And Rainbow really displays how much such a fandom world can integrate into every aspect of your being, that it becomes second nature to you. And really, how can you not love the m/m romance she created in her fanfic with Simon and Baz. I enjoyed reading about the Simon/Baz fanfic, as much as I enjoyed reading about the lives of the characters of Fangirl. The blossoming relationship of Cath and Levi especially. And Levi doing his best to understand Cath and her brand of crazy. He’s quite the chill dude.
Oh, and can I just say, I *LOVED* all of the fandom references that are littered throughout the book from start to finish. That there is absolutely nothing wrong with being a fangirl. (Or a fanboy really). Be yourself. Don’t hide who you are.
The writing was real and raw when it needed to be. The sarcastic, eccentric, even self deprecating, humour was on point. That no matter what, we are human. And we have flaws. And despite those flaws, we deserve to have someone rooting for us.
I LOVE FANGIRL!
Overall, I rate Fangirl 5/5 stars!
I recommend you read it.