Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: 3oth January 2014
Publishers: Pan Macmillan
No. Pages: 461
Buy at: BookDepository
You know there are those books which you read at the perfect time in your life? Fangirl was that for me.
The story follows Cath, a huge Simon Snow fan who spends her free time writing fanfiction, as she moves away to college. Cath has an identical twin sister, Wren, who she’s always done everything with, but now Wren doesn’t want to room with her. Now Cath’s stuck with Reagen, her scary roommate, and the ever-present Levi.
I’ve mentioned it a few times on my blog but I’m currently in my first year of college/university, so I could really relate to Cath. She’s an awkward introvert who prefers being alone in her room, writing her fanfiction, rather than going out partying. The book focuses on her struggles to deal with college, and so many of the things she worries about I completely understood and related too.
In contrast, I didn’t like Wren. She’s focused on herself and experiencing college on her own that she doesn’t really give Cath the time of day. I understand she wanted to live her own life but there were some things that happened in this book which I thought would help bring the sisters together, but Wren remained aloof. She does develop near the end of the novel and whilst I think she’s an okay character, I can’t bring myself to love her.
Levi, Cath’s love interest, is an absolute sweetheart and I adored him. My favourite scenes were actually the ones where Cath was reading him her fanfictions. I also loved Cath’s roommate, Reagen. She’s blunt, to the point where it could be consider rude, and she’s not afraid to say it how it is. She doesn’t let Cath wallow in her self-pity, and she really helps Cath come out of her shell.
I flew through this book, mainly because of Rowell’s easy-to-read writing style, which I adore.
I’m not a huge contemporary fan, but I would definitely recommend you give this one a shot (even if the genre isn’t your favourite).