St. Martin’s Press, 2013
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Older Teens
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?
This is the second time I’ve read this book. Honestly, I never really looked at the cover. I suggest that you do, because it’s perfect. The first time I read Fangirl (in 2013), it was a galley. Maybe that’s why I never noticed the cover?
Anyway, I liked it better on the second read than the first. This is probably because I knew what was going on already and I felt ok skipping the Simon Snow parts. I know the Simon Snow parts are fun, but they’re so different from Cath’s storyline that I got whiplash or something. I needed to focus on ONE part. I am excited about focusing on Carry On on Tuesday! I’m worried it might be awkward to read a book based on a series that doesn’t exist, but hello. It’s Rainbow Rowell. I’ll read anything that she writes. She is amazing at writing how things feel, I just can’t get over it. That was the best thing about Fangirl - I totally understood what was going on with Cath. So good. Just read it, especially if you’re a freshman in college or older.