Fan fiction, witty banter, smart girls, cute boys, first love, quirky characters, heartbreak…Rainbow Rowell has filled Fangirl with all the things I love!
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.
It was really cool to see excerpts of Cath’s fan fiction scattered throughout the book and I must say, it had me hooked on the Simon Snow storyline. It was also a really interesting way to explore Cath’s passion without having to dedicate chapters to it – let’s be honest, we all want as much Cath/Levi action as we can get!
Cath is very true to herself throughout the entire book: shy, smart, witty, awkward and in love with a fictional character (hello every book lover!).
Cather and her sister Wren (aka Catherine – genius!) were fantastic counterparts and it was great that Rowell let them develop in their own ways once they went off to college. It always annoys me when characters leave high school and never really develop out of their high school personas – that to me is highly unrealistic. Getting to know these two characters individually as well as in a family setting was both funny and heartbreaking.
Question: Where does one find themselves a Levi?
Levi is such a sweet guy and I really loved that while he tried to bring Cath out of her shell a little, he never tried to change her or make her into something that she wasn’t. It was also nice to have two characters grow from a friendship to a relationship naturally – with all the awkward moments in between – and not have a straight up insta-love situation.
This was my first Rainbow Rowell book and I fell deep into her characters and her exceptional writing.
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If you loved the Simon Snow fan fiction and want to read a whole book about their story (yes it’s a real book!), be sure to check out Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On.
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