Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 10th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Kindle Edition
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A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family and first love
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 fanfiction, 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 that 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 fanfiction 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?
The beginning was a bit slow for me but afterwards I did not want to put my kindle down. We meet Cath who’s our main character. She hates change. Her life revolves around her twin sister Wren and their father. Let’s not forget Simon Snow (think Harry Potter). Cath and Wren are about to start college, much to Cath’s dismay Wren doesn’t want to be roommates in college. Forcing Cath to live with a complete stranger.
“There was a boy in her room.”
Totally not the roommate situation Cath was expecting. Fortunately, the boy in her room is her roommate’s friend Levi. Reagan is Cath’s roommate, she’s not exactly a friendly. She’s a bit rough around the edges but she grows on you throughout the book.
Cath is an English major and basically goes to and from class, like she doesn’t even know where the cafeteria is and lives off cereal bars and peanut butter. She spends most of her time writing fanfic of Simon Snow. The eighth book of Simon Snow is out soon so Cath spends most of her time writing her own book eight of Simon Snow titled Carry One, Simon.
Throughout the book we watch Cath slowly break out of her shell thanks to Reagan and Levi. Her relationship with Wren slowly drifts apart. Wren turns into a party girl while Cath stays true to herself. Although Cath and Wren had a falling out, Cath and Levi had a falling in.
I loved the fact that it wasn’t a love at first sight situation nor was it based off pure looks. It was about personality! The relationship grows and develops SLOWLY unlike many books these days. It was a breath of fresh air to see a real relationship blossom from friends to more without focusing on the physical aspect of the relationship. It was about studying, talking, and actually getting to know one another.
What I loved about the book besides the romance was that I could relate to Cath so much. I was pretty much like Cath minus Simon Snow. I hate change. I literally would go to class and then go home, never talking to anyone, never taking chances. I also had a couple times when I decided I wanted to quit but stuck it out. I was also an English major because I loved to write but I stopped writing completely. It was like re-reading my college years. Aside from that, I thought Rainbow Rowell did really well wrapping up the story. The characters were relatable and likable. THE ROMANCE WAS ADORABLE!
If you haven’t picked up Fangirl yet please do then stop by my blog or twitter so we can gush over Levi. Yeah?