Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: 10th September 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Warning: this book will cause feels.
I read this book in one sitting and then again. And again. It flows so smoothly and the characters are relatable, likeable and realistic. The story wonderfully captures the essence of the big step into university life, bringing with it all of the excitement and anxieties.
Fangirl follows the life of Cather, a socially anxious university freshmen who won’t be sharing a room with her twin, Wren, for the first time ever. Wren desires new experiences and friends while Cath is happy with how things are. Through all of the difficulties Cath and Wren face at their new university, one thing continues to join them together when they feel miles apart, and that’s the fictional series of Simon Snow.
Cath’s Simon Snow fan fiction has a large internet following and there are extracts of it sprinkled throughout Fangirl. At first I found these chapters tiring, but only because they got in the way of my finding out what happened next in Cath’s real life. By the third chapter dedicated to her Simon Snow fanfic, I was happy to read it and even got into the story and wanted more than just snippets.
Her roommate’s on and off again boyfriend, Levi, is that boy every YA novel needs- the ‘unlikely to exist in real life but just what a girl wants’ kind of guy. Levi is kindhearted and patient with Cath, who he tries to befriend and help to break out of her shell. He has Cath read her fanfiction to him to help her relax when they’re hanging out and he constantly makes sure she’s comfortable with his presence, along with other situations while still letting her make her own decisions. The chemistry between the two will make your heart swell.
Cath often worries about her father who is now living on his own. She spends most of her time in her dorm, working on her writing, but through her trials with a fellow student and an English professor, you get to see her become more independent and ready to stand up for herself and her writing.
Fangirl is a book I will always recommend to people who are looking for an adorable and fun story set around personal growth and the importance of family. This book will brighten up your day, whether it’s your first or fifth time reading it.