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?
For the short version of this review, scroll down to the ~very~ last sentence.
I read Fangirl.
I read Fangirl and I just have so many feels about it, honestly.
I haven’t been this excited about and invested in a book for months. I haven’t been this in love with a character since, oh my God, I don’t even know. Since Draco Malfoy?
I didn’t think I was going to like Cath. I went into this with the idea that it would be like Eleanor and Park, which I didn’t hate but I didn’t like Eleanor. Or Park. I hate not liking the main characters of a story. Basically I was terribly afraid it would be too John Green-y to me, because if it’s not fantasy it all runs together for me. I was worried for no reason.
From the very first sentence, I was captivated. I loved Cath; I related to Cath. She wasn’t some angsty teen, she was me. She was weird and nerdy and thought she was crazy half the time. She writes and is obsessed with what is the parallel to Harry Potter in that world.
I became pretty obsessed with this book pretty quickly. It took no time for me to fall 100% in love with the love between Cath and Levi. I was sobbing tears into my pint of Ben&Jerry’s because I came to the sad sad realization that there aren’t any Levi’s in this world. Then I realized that was very un-heroine like of me and finished my ice cream before it got soggy.
Rainbow Rowell, we’re going to have to have a discussion about how you wrote a book based on my life. Where are the hidden cameras? Is my check in the mail? I’ll have my people call your people.
Maybe I give out five stars too easily but this book isn’t even worth five stars; it’s worth ten.