There is this one book that hit me close to home and I would like to share it to you all. I read this one months back, in February I think, and is one of the most memorable reads I had. The book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Obviously, from the title alone, this is about a fangirl who is starting her college life away from family (although not entirely). I related to the character a lot in the sense that we are both avid fangirls. The main character here, Cath, wrote fanfics, spazzed excessively, decorated her room with plenty of her idol’s posters, etc which I did so as well. I also remember being lost and anxious my first year in College. Thoughts about wanting to take a different path and feeling like I made a mistake choosing my major were a constant presence in my head. Aside from these, the book also tackled family relationships and the role we play in it. Friendships and romance take part in the story too. All these elements combined resulted in an amazing telling of a young girl’s adventure. Some of you maybe too old to relate to the story but isn’t it fun to relive those days when your only problem involve boys and school and a little family drama? Thought so.
by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult
Published September 10th 2013, St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”
BACK COVER BLURB:
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?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?