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If you’ve read my other posts you should’ve guessed you’d be reading at least one more post about a Rainbow Rowell book.
In this post, I’ll briefly discuss Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.
Fangirl takes place during Cath’s first semester at the University of Nebraska. Not only is Cath dealing with her first year at university but she also has to deal with feeling abandoned by her twin sister, Wren. After being inseparable for their entire lives, Wren decided she wanted to live in a separate dorm in pursuit of expanding her social network away from Cath.
Cath is a socially awkward hermit, who seems to shine the brightest through her fanfiction. She’s also not interested in eating in the dining hall, any of her fellow students. Even changing out of her pajamas is questionable. She’s not interested in much of anything—other than Simon Snow fanfiction, that is. As Magicath, the author of Carry On, Simon, she is the creator of the most popular fan version of the Simon Snow book series.
Fangirl is a classic girl-meets-boy story, and so much more. Cath meets Levi, an outrageously outgoing upperclassman, and her roommate’s ‘boyfriend’. He pushes her out of her comfort zone. Suddenly, Cath has got family and boy drama. Her dad’s mental health is declining in his daughters’ absence, Wren is developing a drinking problem from all her socializing, and Cath seems to be falling in love with her roommate’s ‘boyfriend’ Levi.
In Fangirl, as in her other books, Rowell explores some serious themes such as social anxiety, depression, mania, learning disabilities, and drugs and alcohol. Rowell does this in such a natural way, the story never feels overly heavy or disconcerting to the reader.
The one word that kept jumping out at me while reading this book was ‘relatable’. From Cath’s social anxiety to her dad’s bipolar manic and depressive episodes. If you’ve ever dealt with any of these things, this book will touch your heart in a very special way.
In conclusion, this book will grab ahold of you and won’t let go for days, weeks, months — if ever.
Fangirl: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell
In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Additional Note: Rowell released Carry On in 2015 as its own novel. Carry On is based on the Simon Snow series. Though I haven’t read it yet, I plan on it and will post my thoughts as soon as I do.
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