Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Date Published: September 10, 2013 (normal edition)
Genre: YA fiction, realistic fiction, funny, contemporary, romance
Pages: 464 (hardback) - (exclusive collector's edition)
Age Range: 13+
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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
This book had it's up and downs but I turned out loving it in the end. The book started rather slow, but around chapter ten or eleven, things started to pick up a little. Then it got slow again, only to pick up speed later. This book was like a roller-coaster.
I thought the book would pick up and get really exiting. Like, something exciting or outraging would happen. But nothing really did. I know it's a contemporary novel and there isn't much you can do plot-wise that would be original--I just thought that since the story was original, something more would have happened. Some parts did surprised me, like when Nick kinda stole the story he worked on with Cather. It was slow in a lot of places and there were a lot of things I (personally) would have taken out. I kept reading and eventually things picked up until I couldn't put it down towards the end.
Let's talked about the fanfiction.
I really felt that it was unnecessary. What was the point? I mean, sure Cather wrote fanfiction but did we need to read it and parts from the Simon Snow series? No. I felt it was irrelevant to the plot of the book. It would have been okay to add the fanfiction when she read it to Levi. But I found the fanfiction useless otherwise.
Speaking of Levi! The relationship between Levi and Cahter is so sweet and awkward. I thought they were perfect together. I am a Levi & Cather shipper!! I totally ship them!
It was a great coming-of-age novel!! It's a wonderfully amusing read. It expressed what teens think when they first start college, though doesn't go into too much detail about college life.
Cather did a lot of things in the beginning that I saw myself doing. I'm shy and really awkward around people I've just met (just like Cather). So the first few chapters kind of reminded me of myself because I could see myself doing the same things as Cather.
It had some really funny parts! And the last couple-hundred pages made it impossible for me to put it down. The night I finished it, it was kinda late and I had about 70 pages left. I was tired so I decided I would just read some and finish it the next day. Once I started, I could not stop. I stayed up and finished the book.
I was going to rate this book 3.5 stars but the book was just too good towards the end, so 4 it is!