Note: ARC received from NetGalley
From goodreads: “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?
Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?”
I read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell for an English course in undergrad, and I really liked it. Then, she came out with a YA novel, Eleanor & Park, which I devoured and adored. When I saw Fangirl on NetGalley, I was stoked for another YA novel by Rowell but didn’t think it could live up to E&P.
I was wrong.
Fangirl is my new favorite book by RR. The whole plot was just so fun. I loved the bits of Simon Snow and the fanfic that were interspersed. I just want the Simon Snow series to be real! I totally would have been waiting in the midnight lines for the next book. Very Harry Potter-ish.
As with Rowell’s other books, what really makes this one shine is the characters. Honestly, sometimes I didn’t even like Cath (our main character) and yet I was always rooting for her. Then there’s her twin, Wren, who makes a lot of dumb decisions but is a really realistic college freshman. I loved the relationship between them. Of course, then you’ve got the love interest…. Levi *swoonswoon*. There are a handful of secondary characters as well who all hold their own and are a mix of lovable, unlovable, quirky and beyond.
I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but I don’t want to risk spoiling anything, and really all you need to know is: do yourself a favor and get your hands on this book when it comes out! A wonderful read.