Goodreads Synopsis: 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?
I honestly thought I had written a review for this book before, but upon searching the archives of my blog I can’t seem to find one. By this point I’m sure all of my readers are sick and tired of hearing about this book, but oh well, I’m excited to finally have a review!
Fangirl is probably my favorite of Rainbow Rowell’s books. It’s the book that drew me into reading YA as an adult, and it’s a book I try to read once a year.
I love so many things about this book. I love Cath. I love that’s she’s a fangirl, I love that she’s an introvert, I love that she takes care of her dad so well. I also really love the anxiety representation. Rowell does such a good job of portraying how anxiety can be. Fangirl was the first book I’d ever read with a main character who had anxiety and it blew me away and actually helped me to put a name on what I was feeling. So this book means a lot to me for helping me realize what was going on in my brain and helping me to take steps to making my life better and easier to live.
The plot of this book is also really well written. Going off to college can be frustrating and scary (I assume, I’ve never done it) and I liked that Fangirl dealt so honestly with that. I love how all the characters come together and become friends, and how realistic they all were. Regan is so funny, I love how gruff she is and how much she dislikes people. It’s so amusing. I also love Levi and I’m not really a huge fan of straight romances, but I love him and Cath and I ship them so much! Levi is so sweet and reliable and such a great human.
In the end I gave this book 5 stars. I totally recommend this book to everyone and I hope you love it as well.