Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

Summary From Goodreads: 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? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Review after the jump!

Review: I know this is a book that  a lot of people have really liked but I was concerned that I wouldn't like Fangirl because of how it represented fanfiction. Some of my first creative writing attempts were Harry Potter based fanfiction which led me into a whole other realm of awesome fandoms from Naruto and Bleach to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Supernatural, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fandom is a vibrant community, and I feel like it is very often poorly represented in the media. Yes not all fanfiction is great but I've read some pretty terrible published original novels too. However, Rainbow Rowell really seems to get the fandom community and she writes a wonderful story that is equal parts coming of age (albeit in college) and romance. I would highly recommend this book.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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