Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve been apprehensive about this book for a long time, Fangirls. I love that the word “Fangirl” is becoming more and more prevalent, of course, but I also worry about it. But when I first looked at this book, it screamed like it was something that I had to read. The cover is my favorite color, the character on the front (kind of) looks like me, and it’s called Fangirl. For butt’s sake, this book was written for me.

FANGIRL

But I was still apprehensive. The inside cover said she had to possibly stop being a fangirl, and that really worried me. I don’t like the idea of giving up on things, especially my fandom roots. Then, Ashely (nerdy with lipstick), told me she “liked the book, but was frustrated by the main character.” And after reading it, I agree wholeheartedly.

Fangirl is about Cath, a college freshman who is a rather well known fanfiction writer. Fanfiction is when fans adapt characters from other people’s work into their own stories. It’s an interesting part of fandom that I haven’t really delved into, but I think I understand it (at least conceptually). Cath’s world is tipped quite a bit by a couple big events in her freshman year; her father having a mental breakdown, her mother resurfacing, her twin being hospitalized, and (most of all) her fiction writing professor failing a fanfiction piece she wrote because using someone else’s characters and world is plagiarism.

I won’t go into details about this, because I really think this is something you should read. Fangirl is awesome and exciting, and has a lot of things happen in it, and that’s what makes it so entrancing. I stayed up late and woke up early to read this book; I brought it everywhere. And now that it’s over, I do miss it a bit.

Fangirl is neat. In between every chapter, there’s a section of a piece that’s either fanfiction, or the piece that it’s written about. The series that Cath’s fanfiction is based on, Simon Snow, reminds me a bit of Harry Potter, and I think that had something to do with how taken I was by this book. I felt like I was reliving things with Cath; the anticipation and midnight release of the final book, to be specific. It was nice to read about someone experiencing things the way I did, and to be reminded of my feelings when those things were happening to me. It was a nice nostalgia.

I think you should read Fangirl, Fangirls. Though I wasn’t Cath’s biggest fan, I liked reading her story and getting to know about her life, and I think you would too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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