Fangirl – Review

 

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Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Date of Publication: September 10, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (Macmillan)
Format: Hardcover, 438 pages
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble
My Rating: 9/10

When Cath Avery leaves home to attend her first year of college, she is scared. Her best friend and twin sister, Wren, requested a different roommate, despite living with Cath for her whole life. Cath is left with her new roommate, Reagan, who is harsh, although well-meaning, and surrounded by boys. Cath is uncomfortable with her quickly changing life and she hides herself in her fan fiction. Cath is obsessed with a book series called Simon Snow. She and Wren are well-known on the FanFixx site as Magicath and Wrenegade, but with Wren caught up in her new partying lifestyle, Cath is alone as she writes her own ending to the Simon Snow story.

Even with an almost crippling social anxiety, Cath attends her classes and even makes a few friends. Nick Manter, a boy in her creative writing class; Levi, Reagan’s friend and ex-boyfriend who still hangs around their dorm room; and Reagan herself, who takes Cath under her wing when she finds out that Cath hasn’t even gotten up the courage to go to the cafeteria.

Fangirl is the story of a nerd in real life. Cath is the perfect portrayal of a person who uses her love of the fictional world to, maybe inadvertently, connect with the real world. With Cath’s fan fiction interspersed with her story, this is a story I could really connect to. Cath is a really relatable and real character.

Rainbow Rowell is a fantastic author. Although this is the first and only book I have read by her, I really enjoyed the way that she told this story. I felt involved in the story rather than floating above it. I felt as if Cath was confiding in me, instead of just narrating her own life.

Being a bit (ha!) of a nerd and a major introvert myself, I really connected with the character of Cath. She knows what she likes and refuses to change herself or her interests. She is just shy enough to not be over the top. She doesn’t show her feelings very easily which is why she becomes uncomfortable when she is ripped from the environment that she’s accustomed to.

I enjoyed this book because it is something that I understand and can empathize with. Since Im headed to college myself next year, it was even more relevant. I highly recommend this book and I would even read it again.

Thanks for reading and sorry that it’s been a while since I posted last, I’m hoping to post more often especially since school is ending soon!

Also, thanks to Beatrice from Beatrice Learns To Read for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! I’m planning on doing my post for it soon.

XOXO,

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Top Ten Tuesday – Characters I Wish I Could Check In With

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Right now I am sitting at school wondering what book to review next. There are a few I could review, including Fangirl, We Were Liars, and a few others. But I’ve decided that I want to participate in Top Ten Tuesday this week because there are so many characters I wish I could check in on now that their written stories are finished. Although the authors’ stories for these characters are completed, they live on in our minds, on our Tumblrs, and on our blogs.

So here are the top characters (or groups of characters) that I wish I could check in with.

1. Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte

I must admit that Jane Eyre is my favorite literary heroine. She is strong and independent and smart. Even if she and Mr. Rochester hadn’t been reunited in the end, I’m sure she wouldn’t have crumpled because she couldn’t live without him. Jane Eyre ends with Jane and Mr. Rochester finally being reunited, but I wish I knew what happened after that. Did they finally get married? How is Adele? There are so many things I wish I knew!

2. Harry Potter from the Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

I’m pretty sure that it would be impossible for me to not include this one. Harry Potter was part of my childhood and it is still a part of me today. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ends with the words ‘all was well,’ but was it? Did his scar ever hurt again? What was Albus Severus’s time like at Hogwarts? What happened to all of the Weasleys? I hope that everything went well for Harry and Ginny. Sorry, Harrmoine shippers!

3. Violet, Klaus, & Sunny Baudelaire from The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I have read The Series of Unfortunate Events’s thirteen books four times in my life and the ending has always felt unfinished. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are still together, but they are floating away on the ocean, still unsure of exactly what VFD is and scared for their futures. Where do they end up? Will people continue to terrorize them wherever they go? Will they ever find VFD and safety? All these questions have haunted me for nearly ten years and I wish I could check in with the Baudelaires.

4. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Lizzie comes in right after Jane Eyre in the ‘strong and smart literary heroine’ category. She is amazing and has the same disdain for the ostentatious as I do. And of course, the unsociable and handsome Mr. Darcy will always have a special place in my heart. Any book that continues the story of Lizzie, Darcy, Lydia, Wickham, and the others will always be on my TBR.

5. Hadassah and Marcus from The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers

Hadassah is an incredible character and I wish I could be just like her. She sacrifices for the ones she loves, serves willingly and happily, and loves God above all else. I love these characters and their love story is amazing. Although Hadassah and Marcus do end up together, I wish I knew what happened to them. Were they persecuted? Did they find safety with other Christians? I need to know!

6. Scout and Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Atticus is one of my favorite literary heroes and I wish I knew what happened to Atticus, and to Scout and Jem as they grew older. Did Atticus continue to to practice law? Did the town ever understand that they had convicted an innocent man? Hopefully I won’t have to wait too much longer to find out what happened because of Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set A Watchman.

7. Ramona from the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary

The Ramona books ended when Ramona was only in fifth grade, so there is so much more that could happen or that could have happened. Did Ramona and Beezus ever stop fighting? Did Ramona and Daisy stay friends? Did Ramona and Susan ever get along?

8. Nick Caraway from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nick Carraway was definitively the best character in The Great Gatsby. He was Fitzgerald’s normative character and he was definitely the most levelheaded of the characters. Even if he encouraged Jay and Daisy by giving them a way of being together, Nick was still the only person who truly cared for Jay and *SPOILERS* was sad when he died. As we can see from the fact that Nick was the only person aside from Owl Eyes that went to Jay’s funeral, no one really knew or was concerned for Jay. They simply wanted to go to parties and enjoy themselves. Jay seemed to be living the American dream, but it was only a front. Did Nick stay in West Egg after Jay died? Did he continue to be a stock broker? Did he ever see Daisy and Tom again?

9. Cather and Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The only contemporary book on this list, Fangirl is a YA book that truly interested me. I read YA but I seldom like it as much as I liked this book. Cath is the perfect representation of the introverted nerd, which I can totally relate to (don’t judge). Levi is smart in his own way and loves Cath for the things that she loves. So my questions are: Did Cath keep writing fan fiction? Did Cath and Levi stay together through college? Did Cath ever come out of her shell more and make more friends?

10. Guy Montag and Clarisse McClellan from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 is a book that I read this year and that I finished in less than a week. It was amazing and interesting. But the book ends on a hopeful/hopeless note. So what happened to Guy and the other people that still believed in the power of books? Where happened to Clarisse and her family? Did the rest of the world ever understand the power of words again?

Thanks for reading this post! I loved writing it and there are so many other characters that I wish I could check up with and see what is happening to them now.

XOXO,

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