Fangirl. The book I opened last Dec 2014 and finished by August 2015. Here goes my rating and review.
Ratings at goodreads.com: 4.19* and below is the back blurb:
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 take on the book:
I honestly can’t figure out if I love or hate this book.
‘Eleanor and Park’ touched my heart in many ways. Hence, I picked out this book thinking that Rainbow Rowell might have another gem to share to her readers; don’t get me wrong, ‘Fangirl’ is indeed a gem. What i’ve always loved about Rainbow Rowell’s novels is that she will take you to a world where you would actually believe that all her characters are real people and Fangirl is no exemption. The protagonist Cath is so real that you can feel all her emotions. Her insecurities over Wren (her twin sister), anger towards her mother who left them when she and her sister were only about 8 years old, her unconditonal love for her bi-polar father, her amazement and open jealousy towards Reagan and how she fell in love and lust with Levi (Oh my, Levi? he’s so..I have no words..good god how I wished he was real, Cath is so damn lucky).
The only, you may say, complain I have with this book is the ‘fanfiction’ and ‘fangirl-ing’ part, maybe because I can’t quite relate to it? I actually skipped some excerpt from Simon Snow’s (aka Harry Potter loves Draco Malfoy with a touch of Twilight) story on some pages just because I’m excited to read more about what is going to happen to Cath’s life in the next chapter. I know I might have missed some juicy details on the gay love/hate relationship of a wizard/vampire but nah..it did not really caught my attention. FYI, I read across the web that Rainbow Rowell will be writing a book about Simon-Baz love story. It will be her very first fantasy book which is more likely to be a spin-off of ‘Fangirl’.
All in all, ‘Fangirl’ is a refreshing read. It’s a story which will bring you those warm smiles and makes you silently say “ooh” and “aaaww“. How Cath managed to balance out all that is happening around her by accepting fully who she truly is and by embracing her reality – and still not giving up on her fanfiction – for me is what the book is all about. ‘Fangirl” is a very courageous and inspiring coming of age story. So for all of you YA novels fans out there, here’s a good read you won’t want to miss. 🙂
So I guess, I loved it more than I hate it, what you think?
Here’s a little something for you to ponder (taken from the book) –
Cath : Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?
Dad: It sets a dangerous precedent.
Cath : For avoiding pain?
Dad : For avoiding life.
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