Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath (short for Cather) and her twin sister Wren have always done everything together; that is until their freshman year of college hits. While Wren is a proud “people-person” and determined to have the traditional “college experience,” Cath is an introvert who would much prefer to stay inside her dorm and write about the fictional world of Simon Snow on fanfixx.com. However, Cath is thrown for a loop when she meets her older and eccentric roommate, Reagan who forces her to explore the unknowns of college life. In the process of coming out of her shell, Cath becomes acquainted with Reagan’s friend, Levi. With his bright eyes, huge smile, and energetic personality, Levi becomes a new beacon of hope that maybe college won’t be so bad after all. Throughout the book, Cath journeys through the ups and downs of living away from home all the while learning more about herself as a writer and a person.
“Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”
“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”
“You’ve read the books?”
“I’ve seen the movies.”
Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. (Actually.) (Maybe because she was still on the edge of tears. On the edge, period.) “So you haven’t read the books.”
“I’m not really a book person.”
“That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me”
“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.”
“You look so blindingly cute right now, I feel like I need to make a pinhole in a piece of paper just to look at you.”
First and foremost, I chose to read this book because I had heard from many people- friends and strangers on the depths of the internet- that this was an extraordinary read. Keeping that in mind, you can understand why I may have delved into this book with rather high expectations. This book was fun to read in some places and not so fun in others. What I mean by this is that there were some chapters where it was mostly just Cath ranting about how incurably “antisocial” she is and muttering about how she doesn’t want to leave her dorm, and some where there was more action and real events actually occurred.
I don’t think that this book is worth the hype it has received simply because I don’t think that it is some symbolic, soul-reaching book. (Compared to some of John Green’s novels which are interesting and have a touch of meaning.) However, I think this book is extremely relevant to someone who is leaving home (for college or otherwise) and may be afraid of all of the unknowns the experience might hold. Overall, I think Rowell does do an amazing job of creating believable characters that face relevant issues.
What I Disliked About This Book
- The hype to read it. Period. A little mix of bullshit and truth.
- Cath whining about how antisocial she is and how she just wants to live in Simon and Baz’s world.
- Cath’s obstinance in terms of trusting people. (Especially when it comes to Levi.)
- Cath’s constant sobbing.
- Cath’s sister Wren who is just a constant and present pain in the ass.
- Levi’s clingy-ness.
- Mama drama.
What I Enjoyed About This Book
- Cath’s devotion to her dad and sister.
- Cath’s dedication to her fanfic, “Carry On, Simon.”
- Levi’s personality.
- The intricate, fictional world of Simon Snow. (I hope that Rowell writes these books because I would be the first in line to read them.)
- The ending of the book. (Insert all of the feels.)