Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Book Review ~ Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl , 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? nbsp; A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013

My thoughts: This book was FANtastic!!!I could totally relate to Cath and her obsession with Simon Snow.  I am a huge Harry Potter fan (the inspiration for Simon Snow) and can remember the sadness I felt when the series ended and my desire to re-write the ending and other parts of the series to suit my preferences. I also recall how difficult, as an introvert, it was to go away to college for the first time and feeling like a spectator rather than a participant in all that was happening. I've since learned to accept and celebrate the way I am as Cath learns to do.  This was a great read and one I highly recommend, especially to those of you who perhaps feel misunderstood or different than everyone else!
Three Cheers for Fangirl!!!

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