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."
Hay mucho que quiero decir sobre este libro asÃ que disculpen si de repente me enredo! :)
Fue fÃ¡cil identificarse con Cath. Es una persona introvertida, que se refugia en la literatura y con dificultades a la hora de relacionarse con otras personas. Socializar simplemente no se le da muy bien. AdemÃ¡s, estÃ¡ presente el temor a ser juzgada por las cosas en las que invierte su tiempo. Simon Snow (serie basada claramente en Harry Potter y todo el fenÃ³meno que lo rodea) a ocupado prÃ¡cticamente toda su vida.
Se tratan temas delicados como el abandono de Cath y Wren por parte de su madre y el posterior reencuentro, enfrentado de formas muy distintas por ambas. AsÃ mismo, la depresiÃ³n de su padre como resultado, en gran medida, de ello.
La historia, en gran medida, es sobre como Cath debe enfrentarse, en simples palabras, al mundo real. Su hermana, Wren, quiere disfrutar y vivir experiencias nuevas ahora que ingresa al mundo universitario y Cath espera que todo siga igual, le cuesta entender el porque del cambio de Wren y se siente dejada a un lado. SentÃ que a pesar de intentar avanzar y salir de su zona de confort, Cath no le puso todo el empeÃ±o que debÃa. No enfrentaba los conflictos y la mayor parte del tiempo simplemente los ignoraba.
Mi parte favorita (bueno, una de ellas): Levi (aww). Posiblemente el personaje mÃ¡s adorable con el que me he encontrado. Es un encanto en todo el sentido de la palabra, es paciente, escucha, es adorable, es BUENO. El romance entre el y Cath se construyÃ³ de a poco y el ganÃ³ su confianza siendo amable y sincero (osea, metiÃ³ un poquito las patas pero es comprensible).
Algo a tener en cuenta es que es un libro enfocado a un pÃºblico especÃfico, si no les gusta o nunca se han relacionado con los fandoms, fanfiction y ese pequeÃ±o mundo compuesto por fans, les serÃ¡ difÃcil disfrutarlo en tu totalidad. Como una persona que ha leÃdo, digamos que una buena cantidad de fanfiction, fue muy agradable ver la discusiÃ³n creada en torno a este tipo de escritura, sobre todo el que se le considerara literatura.
Al igual que en E&P la narrativa de la autora es fenomenal. Rainbow tiene esa habilidad con las palabras que logra que te imagines todo como una pelÃcula mientras lee. Y una muy, pero muy buena.
Cita del libro: "Â¿CÃ³mo puede no gustarte el Internet? Es como decir, âNo me gustan las cosas que son convenientes y fÃ¡ciles. No me gusta tener acceso directo a todo a todos los descubrimientos de la humanidad. No me gusta la luz y el conocimientoâ."
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.... :)