Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be the one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy to say for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.
Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible.
First and foremost, I loved this book!! Rainbow Rowell is a true master at capturing the spirit of adolescence and transition. The plot went on smoothly, and the characters were diverse, each having a comical and individual element to themselves. I especially liked Reagan as the intimidating roommate. However, I felt that the first half of the book was slightly draggy, with the plot developing slowly with many “fillers” to Cath’s university experience. But at the same time, I also thought it was necessary to give more depth to Cath’s character and social anxiety, and how it got in the way of her easing into college life. Also, the way this fiction was wrapped around another fiction was also lovely. The snippets of Simon Snow between pages of the novel added a touch of fantasy, constantly drawing the reader between “reality” and fiction. This book gave me a better understanding and also an interest in the world of fan fiction. Also, this book caters to people who spend time excessively on the internet, and especially tumblr users (like me!) who experience a totally different universe online in which they experience belonging and friendship. All in all, it’s an amazing book, and I can’t wait to carry on with Carry On!
– “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.”
– “To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”
– “Because I’m the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight.