Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published May 12th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published January 1st 2013)
Goodreads Summary: 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Review: This was my second Rainbow Rowell book. I LOVED Eleanor & Park so I was really looking forward to reading more from Rowell. I did like this book a lot but my main irritation was the main character, Cath. She had some social anxieties and while that itself wasn’t what bothered me (as I have social anxieties of my own), she seemed to be constantly whining about it. She didn’t do anything really to try and get over these issues. One thing that really bugged me was when her professor gave her the chance to re-do her final writing assignment and she kept putting it off until finally deciding to not do it at all. I wish like hell I had been given chances to re-do things in college, it just seems incredibly stupid not to take that chance. On the other hand, when it came to the issues with her mother, I totally felt for her. I would not have been able to forgive my mother if she had left me either. I don’t really quite understand how Wren could have just forgotten about what their mother had put them all through by leaving. Now, I think my favorite part of this book was Levi. He was such a lovable character! He’s like the perfect guy and Cath was very lucky that he was into her. All the things I didn’t like about this book were completely made up for with Levi’s character and personality.