Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: September 10, 2013
Summary (via Goodreads): A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, 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 fanfiction, 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 that 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 fanfiction 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?
I’ve never read anything by Rainbow Rowell before. I feel like I must have been living under a rock these past few years, because she’s AMAZING!!! I ended up giving Fangirl 5 out of 5 stars, obviously. It was giving me all of the feels and I didn’t want to stop reading.
So right off the bat, I instantly fell in love with the characters. Cath and Levi are my favorites, although Reagan and Wren are up there too. I felt such a kinship with Cath. I felt like the nerdy, emotional, fangirl type of college student that she is. Actually I’m still all of those things and I’ve been out of college for over three years 🙂
As I was reading, I made so many updates on Goodreads with all my feels, favorite lines, and how much I loved the characters. At about 13%, I knew I’d found another favorite author to add to my list. I think Cath is my bookish kindred spirit. Although I must admit Cath got a little weird on me a few times (“God, his chin. She wanted to make an honest woman of his chin. She wanted to lock it down.”) but what’s wrong with a little weird?
Cath fangirls over Simon Snow and writes fanfiction. I’m a huge fangirl of Harry Potter and wrote fanfiction for at least six years. Reading this book made me want to write fanfiction again. And reading all the Simon Snow parts was beyond amazing. I’m so excited for Carry On to come out in a little over a month!
Some of my other favorite parts in the book: Emergency Kanye Party, all the parts with Levi (especially when Cath reads The Outsiders to him), and all the parts with Reagan. I wish I’d had a freshman college roommate like her. Mine sucked. I squealed and giggled and fangirled over this book WAY too many times. It was just beyond amazing, and I can’t wait to read the rest of Rainbow’s books. I won Fangirl and two of her other books (Eleanor & Park and Landline) from giveaways, so I’ll be reading them as soon as I have some free time.
I need to discuss Levi before I start closing up this review. I wish I had found a guy like him when I was in college, or high school, or anytime for that matter. He is the newest addition to my book boyfriend list. He’s so sweet and maybe he doesn’t sound like the cutest guy ever based on some of the descriptions, but he’s still adorable in my books. A nice, caring, protective guy like that wins over any hot douchebag in my books. He’s more country than I’d normally go for, but I still want him. That’s how unbelievably amazing he is. I loved all the descriptions of his smiles and how they ate up his whole face most of the time because he was always so happy.
A couple of my favorite lines from the book are: “And she thought about winning. About how she was letting this win, whatever it was–the crazy inside of her. Cath, zero. Crazy, one million.” and “‘Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,’ Wren said. ‘It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.'”
Final note: This was a fantastic book and I totally fangirled the entire time I was reading it. I cannot wait to read more books by this author. I’d highly recommend it.