A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
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?
Cather Avery is a character I think every book lover can relate to in so many ways, personally I saw myself mirrored in Cath in a couple of different ways, the biggest being Cath’s adoration and loyalty to fictional characters Simon and Baz. I think as readers we all have found that series we are obsessively loyal to, whether that series is Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, we bond with characters in the books we read and Cath is no different in that respect.
Now while I could relate to Cath I found that a combination of Levi and Baz were my reasons for speeding through Fangirl in three days. Levi is your stereotypical prince charming and while more often than not I lean towards the villain or bad boy types in stories (in time you will gather more evidence to support this statement, trust me) I found Levi to be a bright spot in what could have been a very boring story.
Honestly I don’t have any complaints towards Fangirl other than I wish there was more about Simon and Baz but that’s where Rainbow Rowell’s latest release comes into play, I can satisfy my desire for more Baz with Carry On!
I would highly recommend reading this book if you’re looking for honest and relatable characters and or if you just need a contemporary to help clear your mind after reading one too many fantasies in a row.