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 absolutely love this book as I finished it within two days. What’s brilliant about Fangirl is the twin girls, Cath and Wren as anyone can relate to either one of the twins while going through the first year of University. To be honest I was only expecting it to be about a nerdy girl writing fanfiction about her favourite series (that is obviously based off Harry Potter), but it is more than that by going into depths with certain problems that each university students has probably experienced in their lives, fear of meeting new people, family problems, love problems, drinking problems, trouble with certain tutors and other students along with learning how to be confident with yourself.
The only negative opinion I have with this book is it’s a stand-alone book, while other people probably disagree with me but it would be interesting to know what is happening with Cath, Wren and all the other characters during the rest of their university lives. So I am hoping Rainbow Rowell will do more books around their lives.
I recommend any university students this book on how to deal with university whether it’s to do with the course, social life, relationships or how to build your confidence up. These characters are relatable to different people, especially from Cath and Wren.
Overall I give this book 4 1/2 / 5 and I am definitely going to read more Rainbow Rowell books in the future.