In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, 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? Open her heart to someone? Or will she just go on living inside somebody else's fiction?
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... very listenable. I related a lot to Cath's "freshman blues" and her family dynamic, so she was an enjoyable character for me to read. I just didn't get the same kind of electricity as I did from Eleanor & Park or, oddly enough, Carry On. Perhaps because, in this instance, Rowell's phenomenally written characters were participating in a simpler, less exciting storyline? Also, I would've loved to have heard this book done in the dual perspective style of her others, as I feel that has really added depth to her characters' relationships in her other works.
This was my second experience with this book and I found it disappointing both times when I got to the end simply because I wasn't ready to leave Cather's world. I never found a character I related to more than Cather. I'm not a party person nor do I care for large crowds or new social situations. The part about being afraid to find the cafeteria because she was unsure about the process sounds exactly like me. I like that even though she was unusually shy and insecure she still had a firm grasp on who she is and Rainbow Rowell had Cather stay true to that throughout. Awesome novel and I enjoyed listening to it this time around.
My book club is reading "Carry On" and I decided to do "Fangirl" first. I loved it. Such depth an detail that I could really identify with Cath and the story took me back to my own college days. I then listened to "Carry On" and it made me want to listen to "Fangirl" a second time and pay closer attention to the excerpts of the Simon Snow stories. Now I am going back to "Carry On" I think it will be even better the second time.
Everything you want in a book of its kind- a lovable, interesting, relatably quirky main character, charming love interest, believable story arc, and the warm feeling you get from the way Rainbow Rowell writes.
As a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell's adult fiction, I was interested in reading her take on younger characters. I wasn't sure the subject would be for me —at this point, I'm not into NA-age characters or the fanfic world —but I felt certain I would at least enjoy the writing. That is exactly what happened in my reading of Fangirl. I thought it was a good (not especially great or life-altering) story, and the writing was great.
-I really liked Cath's character growth
-was frustrated by Cath's take on appropriation of her favorite author's series-in-progress, but appreciated her changing actions/opinions late in the story
-ended up skipping most of the passages from Carry On, as well as Cath's fanfic —I was more interested in Levi/Cath and Cath/her family than I was in Simon and Baz and it was frustrated to be pulled out of the story.
Overall, I enjoyed Fangirl quite a lot. The audio narration was really good. I'm looking forward to more from Rowell.
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