Love love love this book. I read this while I myself was going into college and so it became way too relatable. I don't have a twin but I felt her pain at being separated from her sister because I experienced something similar with my best friend. It was comforting to have a character to relate to while I feared all the things that came with being away from home living on a campus where I was expected to figure things out on my own.
"It was better than nothing and more manageable than everything."
Finally read a Rainbow Rowell book and was not disappointed. As someone who learned a lot about writing through fanfiction, this felt like a reasoned story exploring the pros and cons of that. Full of zingers. I mean, I could do with less descriptions of Levi's hair and smile and whatever. But you can't win everything, now can you? Just most of the thing.
Overall: This is the Hunger Games, if the Hunger Games was about happy endings. Which it's not. At all. I mean. A little bit, I guess.
Cath and her twin sister Wren have always been inseparable until they go to college, and Wren decides that she needs some space. Cath, a neurotic, reclusive fanfic writer, is lost and overwhelmed by this new world. The book is mostly about Cath learning to cope with and even enjoy life outside of her family and her fandom, with a hefty dose of sweet romance. I’ve heard relentless praise for this book, and while I did enjoy it, I wasn’t amazed by it. There are a lot of subplots, but near the end of the book many of the subplots get pushed aside in favor of the romance. The romance was charming, but I wanted to know about the other aspects of Cath’s life too instead of just having it taken over by a boy. And while we do get to learn about the Simon Snow fandom thanks to excerpts from the books, the fandom community was hardly mentioned at all which I think was a huge oversight given Cath’s status as a superstar fanfic writer. Overall, I think I would have appreciated this book a lot more if I was just starting college and in need of a little hope."
This brings me back, not just to middle school and high school which is when I read Harry Potter and fangirled over it, but also to college. It really miss my freshman year, it was just so awesome and such a great experience. Cath's experience is a lot different than mine, of course, I think I had more of a Wren college experience. I was always such a nerd and loved Harry Potter but I never told any of my friends, and never really had any friends that shared that love like I did. Which is why in college I didn't do much reading like I used to... I'm so behind on all the good books to be honest and it sucks I wasted a lot of time that I could've used reading. Cath inspires me, I always said I wanted to be a writer, and while I'm not the best and never really practiced it (creative writing) I had always really wanted to study it through high school. It sucks I took my parents advice in that it doesn't really pay to get into writing or art so I took on Criminal Justice because now I find myself stuck and not really knowing what I want to do with my two degrees. Honestly, I loved this story so much. Because although I was a Wren in college, I am now more of a Cath now that I am out of school. I'm more of a "I like to stay home and read books" type of a girl in comparison to my college years. I love Rainbow Rowell's writing style, and while Eleanor and Park is still my favorite of the two, I did love Fangirl so much. The romance was amazing, not that insta-love thing, which I love! I loved that it was mostly female characters, especially having a female protagonist. And also, I like the world of Simon Snow, and if it were an actual series, like Harry Potter I would so fangirl over it too. (although Harry Potter will always be number one in my heart). I also loved how it talks about a world that exists, where its okay for a female to write about fanfic that is about two men loving each other. The fact that this book is two stories in one (well three in a sense) just makes is even more awesome. When I read the Simon Snow bits, I kept forgetting its not real when I wanted to google something about it lol. Definitely recommend this book! All I need now is more... yes I want more Fangirl. So maybe there is fanfic for Fangirl, because there is so much more that could've been written... so much more I wanted to know! Maybe a sequel.... :)