Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

16068905Blurb from Goodreads

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?

Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
I have to admit that it was kind of difficult for me to read this book. Not that it has “heavy” subject for me to understand it but because the characters, especially the main one, Cather Avery, was quite confusing me in most of first part of the story. Add it with her personalities and the snippets of both from the books she loved and her fanfiction writing. In fact I skipped most of those snippets. I don’t think it has big connection with the main story since I didn’t lose anything even when I didn’t read it.

But there was part of her that sort of reminded me of my self, back when I was younger, I think. Reading her weirdness made me think that maybe I was as weird as hers from others eyes while I had no idea how weird I was (or am?) for them. And I just love when I can relate the story and/or the characters with me. Call me weird but it’s like the author write it especially for me thus makes it personal and in the end I can connect and understand it better.

The blurb said this book is under coming of age (New Adult?) category but it was so different from other NA books I read for the last 3 years, way different that I feel like it’s so refreshing and has an original story. It certainly didn’t have cliche things when a nerd falls in love with a popular guy kind of story. Another thing was the romance didn’t feel like based on lust. The feeling I often get when I read the relationship of NA characters. Cather and Levi’s relationship happened slowly and sweet and their drama didn’t take the center stage in the story.

As my second Rainbow Rowell books I think I can say that there are similarities between this book and Eleanor & Park. I think it was the way both Eleanor and Cather told their story. There were kind of hold back themselves and sort of shy/quiet characters. They didn’t like talk much but I can still hear them, at least that was I felt. They were also quite weird. But the weird thing is I really liked their weirdness.
My favorite quotes:
“Just … isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”
“That moment,” she told Cath, “when you realize that a guy’s looking at you differently – that you’re taking up more space in his field of vision. That moment when you know he can’t see past you anymore.”
“It’s just … everything. There are too many people. And I don’t fit in. I don’t know how to be. Nothing that I’m good at is the sort of thing that matters there. Being smart doesn’t matter—and being good with words. And when those things do matter, it’s only because people want something from me. Not because they want me.”
Result: 4 out of 5 stars

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