Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Where did I get it? I bought it
Summary: 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?
I have read a few books by Rainbow Rowell, but Fangirl still remains one of my favourite of her novels (second only to Carry On).
Cathy and Wren are identical twins but they are very different on the inside. I thought that Cathy was an interesting narrator and I wanted to know more about her and her life at home with her friends and family.
Regean was probably my favourite character and I was so glad that she and Cathy became friends. Levi, too was a really sweet love interest. For me, the best parts of the book, however, were those involving interactions between the twins, Cathy and Wren, as it was intriguing to see the blatant differences between the two by just their choices and actions.
I haven’t really been paying attention to any new books written by this author, so I was nicely surprised when I recently saw on GoodReads that Rowell has released a new short story for World Book Day, called Kindred Spirits, which I will be urgently looking to read.