Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Book Description: 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 talks 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?
Review: Fangirl is undeniably the BEST book I have ever read (better than the best)! I have so much to say about this book, but at the same time I’m speechless. There will never be another book in my heart that can dethrone Fangirl.
The book is about two girls, Cath and Wren, who are best friends, sisters, and twins. Their mother had left them when they were eight-years-old and to get through it they devour everything Simon Snow. They watched the movies, read the books, chat on the forums, read fanfiction, write fanfiction, and dressed up as the characters.
Now, they are eighteen-years-old and in college. Cath thought they would both stick together throughout their college years, but Wren wants to do her own thing and meet new people. She wants the same thing for Cath, but Cath isn’t willing to change; to leave her comfort zone. While Wren meets new people, date, drink, and go to frat parties, Cath stays up in her dormitory working on her fanfiction Carry On, Simon (or either back at home for the weekend, in Omaha, to check on her dad since he can be crazy at times and need to be taken care of from time to time). She’s usually in her room by herself most of the times since her roommate, Reagan, is out most of the time probably with some guy.
She soon befriends a guy named Levi, who she assumes is Reagan boyfriend since he is always around. He’s always teasing her, nice to everyone he comes across, and always have a smile on his face. He becomes interested in Cath’s fanfic and wants her to read it to him every chance she gets. He always is there for her when she needs the help.
Then there is her Fiction-Writing professor, Professor Piper, who believes that fanfiction is useless and won’t get anyone anywhere in life since people can’t make a career out of it. But she believes Cath is a worthy writer and wants to help her with her future. That is if Cath is willing to take the chance.
When I think back to the beginning of the story and to the end I notice that Cath grown as a person tremendously. She came from being the shy girl who sits in the back of the class with no one knowing she exists to being the one who stands up for herself, for what she believes in, and becomes a young, independent leader.
I can honestly say that I am like Cath (both her old self and new self). I’m the type who prefers to stay in my room either reading, writing, or watching anime or something instead of going out to parties with a bunch of strangers, afraid of my friend leaving my side, leaving me with a bunch of strangers. I hate stepping out of my comfort zone because of my self confidence, plus the fact that I’m introverted. It’s hard for me to make conversation with someone since we don’t have many common interests (because I’m a complete nerd). But I have close friends who I can talk to and trust and have fun with, I stand up for myself when I need to instead of staying quiet. I stand up for what I believe in whether others like me for it or not. But I’m not that independent nor a leader (at least not a great leader) yet. Still working on it.
I just feel very relatable to Cath which is my biggest reason for loving this book as much as I do (plus, I freaking LOVE fanfiction! I write fanfic myself at times.). That’s what attracted me to the book in the first place, one, the title. I’m a HUGE fangirl. Mostly of video games and anime. Secondly, the mention of fanfiction. I read and write fanfiction and while reading this book I was surprised by the amount of fanfiction! I expected a brief mention of fanfiction through the book, but the book was loaded with fanfiction! Simon Snow is a lot like Rainbow Rowell version of Harry Potter. She wrote the Simon Snow series and Cath’s Simon Snow fanfiction so well that I actually thought that the Simon Snow series was an actual book series (I searched on Google)!
There is absolutely nothing is dislike about this novel. Someday I’m going to re-read it and I’m definitely going to tell all my friends about it as well. This book can be considered both YA and NA since there are teenagers, but at the same time we have some characters who are adults and their all together in college and constantly handing situations that can be considered YA or NA. The point is, I will always be fangirling over Fangirl.
Verdict: 10/10 = EPIC!!