It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review, but here you go:
Summary: Cather is a freshman in college. She’s spent her whole life tailing around her beautiful-and-charming twin, Wren, and she’s liked that just fine. But now, even though Cather and Wren are going to the same college, Wren wants to take her own path, leaving Cather to alone to navigate the frightening waters of being a freshman.
So Cather falls back on what’s always been there for her: fanfiction. She’s practically famous to online fans of Simon Snow (ie Harry Potter), and she’s never happier than when she’s writing about the characters that have been her friends for years. But soon she’ll be forced to learn that there’s more to college than sitting in your dorm by yourself. With themes of family, friendship, and the joys (and pains) of writing, Fangirl is a pure delight.
There are some books that hit you right in the chest, because an author has put into words the exact things that you yourself were feeling and you thought inexpressible. Rainbow Rowell did that brilliantly in Fangirl. I think this book hit me particularly hard because I could relate so much to Cather – I read it after just finishing my first semester in college, I love to write, and I’m a die-hard Harry Potter fan. I’m not exactly like Cather, but we are so alike in so many ways, and I loved that about this novel.
I also loved that this novel felt like a snapshot of real life. It wasn’t just about fanfiction, or writing, or being a freshman. It was about friendship and family and stepping out of your comfort zone and a million other beautiful things.
I read it in a day, and I can’t wait to re-read it.
Content advisory: there is a bit of language, and there is some romancy stuff. (Nothing explicit, no graphic scenes, etc.) It is definitely meant for college or high school people.
If you’ve read it, let me know your thoughts! Or let me know if you’ve read anything else by Rainbow Rowell. I absolutely adored Fangirl’s plot, it’s characters, and it’s glorious writing. It was funny and sad and happy and interesting and fantastic.
Five out of five stars for making me feel all the things.