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.