Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: September 10th 2013
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?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
I read my first Rowell book a really long time ago and while I remember loving it, I had forgotten just how nice it is to read her words. Diving back into a Rowell world is like snuggling in a thick, fluffy blanket after a long day of rolling in the snow (no pun intended). Her prose is so singularly hers and her characters are so real and relatable.
Fangirl was a super fun book to read. I connected with Cath from the very first chapter and while I didn’t share her university experience, I still empathized with her. My only complaint is that I felt that there should’ve been some exploration about mental health as it was obvious to me that Cath has anxiety and Levi, dyslexia but it was never even brought up.