Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
January 30th 2014 (first published September 10th 2013)
Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there's romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life.
Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible ...
A tale of fanfiction, family and first love
I had wanted to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell for such a long time. Ever since I finished reading Eleanor and Park, I wanted to read more books written by her. But of course, with my ever looming TBR list, I kept putting it off and off. But when I finally got around to reading it, I had no regrets. What a beautiful book.
“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”
Fangirl is a book that is completely filled with rainbows and goodness. It is such an incredibly heartwarming and beautiful story. I fell in love with everything about it. Once again I am taken back by how wonderful Rowell brings out the characters in the book as well as the various complications each one goes through. Being able to visualize everything is simply great. She really has my heart on a leash and when I got into Fangirl, I did not want to put it down.
As for the story, it felt completely relatable and real. A school girl that is going to college, someone who is awkward but is able to find love in the most unseen way. Honestly, it may sound like the most cheesy thing, but it’s done so well and I don’t care. I love a good cheesy story! I felt like the overall theme of the book is being able to accept who you are and being able to love the life you are given. That you should live your life to the fullest before it passes you by.
“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”
The characters in Fangirl are also super sweet and lovely. I adored Cath with her awkwardness and fangirling (hence the name). She is the creator of popular fanfic for Simon Snow that is slowly starting to wrap up. But after finding out her twin sister, Wren, doesn’t want to be roommates with her at college, Cath is thrown into the deep end of awkward. I adore the way her character progresses throughout. Cath is a character that I feel strongly that a lot of people would be able to relate to.
I also really enjoyed Levi albeit at times I wanted to slap him. He definitely grew on me though. He is a super charming and really cares for Cath. I really enjoy the way the relationship between him and Cath forms. Nice and slow and not really expected. It helps that Rowell’s writing style really brings out the emotion and the realness of their situation.
Overall, Fangirl is a great book about young love and finding yourself and learning to grow. An absolute must read!