Thursday, January 23, 2014

Book Review: "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell

Cath has just started her freshman year at college, and she is completely out of her element.  It doesn't help that her twin sister, Wren, is really pushing for more independence.  So Cath deals with sharing a room with someone else... and tries to be independent herself (even if it scares her).  One thing that never wavers is her devotion to the Simon Snow books and the fanfiction she writes in his honor.  Eventually, Cath does learn to break out of her shell a little... and this is a good thing.  Because then we meet the worst boy in the world, and possibly the best.

It kind of hurts to write this review a little, because it means that I really did come to the last page and this book really is over.  This is the first book that I've wanted to reread immediately in a long time...  I just love Cath and everyone she meets!  I love the way she grows through this book - from dealing with family history, dealing with Wren's low points, dealing with her father's crazy and dealing with her own severe anxiety and self-confidence issues.

I absolutely adore Rainbow Rowell.  Everything she writes is better than the last - and she sets the bar pretty high for herself on that count.  She just rocks and it KILLS ME that she was in my area TWICE this fall, and I couldn't attend either event.  Someday....

Another awesome thing she did with this book, in a completely indirect way, was help me understand fanfiction.  I never really "got it" until now, so I'm pretty glad about that.  Also, I will never be able to think about The Outsiders in the same way again.  Sigh.....

*****
Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin's Griffin, 2013
435 pages
Source:  Purchased New
*****


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1 comment:

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

I love Rowell! I have been looking forward to this one and I'm so glad you liked it.

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