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?
My Initial Thoughts:
I didn’t have any expectations at all. I know that a lot of people loved Eleanor & Park, but I didn’t let that get my expectations high because it is always a 50/50 chance that I will like a very loved book of the masses.
(So, I started writing this review back in September of 2013 when I had just finished reading Fangirl and after all this time, I can finally articulate exactly what I want to say. Yes, it took that long to digest it. It was that good.)
I think not having any expectations did wonders to the experience I had with reading this book. It took me by surprise! I loved almost every second I spent reading it. It was absolutely amazing and I don’t regret reading this book for a minute.
What really blew me away is the fact that Rainbow Rowell created some amazing characters. They are all well rounded and well developed characters that one does not think twice about their believability. Seriously. It’s so gosh darn good that I have zero complaints. I even like Nick as a character. Yeah, I can’t believe I just said that either.
But…. Can we talk about Levi? Gosh, that hunk of a man that melts my coffee-loving heart. Where can I find my own Levi? Anyone? I want my own Cowboy, Barista, Fangirl lover. I never knew I could find a man that is not a “city” man attractive. I will be honest though. There were a few chapters in the book where I wasn’t happy with Levi’s actions, but he totally made up for it so I forgave him.
In literature it is very common to see a single mother raising her kids, but it is more often than not rare to see a single dad raising his kids. Why? I’m guessing because in our society today (at least in the United States) it is more common to hear talk or know a single mother with kids, than a single dad with kids. I really loved that Rainbow Rowell deviated from the norm. It gave us, the reader, something….different yet still plausible and convincing.
Lastly, I just want to touch upon something everyone has talked about, the awkwardness of being a Fangirl. This book perfectly captured the “awkwardness” that comes with being a fangirl. No, I am not saying it is bad, nor am I saying that in a negative way. If I were to fangirl at work per say (which honestly I have come so close to doing because ANJIE text’s me information about my real life ship and I almost can’t contain myself) people would look at me all weird and even question my sanity. The awkwardness of being a fangirl is taken away when one fangirls in a place where one can fangirl. Like If I am at Kayla’s house, it is perfectly normal to fangirl and her mom and sister will only laugh and not think badly of me (although Kayla’s dog Princess is a whole other story. I kinda freak her out, but I forgive her for judging me LOL). Everyone “fangirls” but no one ever addresses it. THIS BOOK ADDRESSED ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT COMES WITH BEING A FANGIRL and that is why I am so enamored with it. This may be fiction, but it is also a peak into the life of many girls today. It’s a peak into our generation and I love that.
(Can you not tell by now how much I just LOVE Ms. Rowell’s work? LOL)
There are many other things I still have left to discuss [like fan fiction, college, family, etc], but for the sake of the length of the review, I will stop here.
I am giving this book A++++ yet I know this book is not for everyone. I will leave you with this final thought though, if not read the book for enjoyment, read it to understand a part of this era’s generation. You will not have a better insight into the life of a Fangirl than this brilliant piece of literature.