Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Genres: Contemporary YA novel
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 was 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 premier.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away form the fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they are going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside he 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 want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
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I love Cath she was unlike most of the female protagonists I have read about. Cath is shy, introverted, and has low self esteem. She constantly tries to keep her friends away from Wren so they don’t leave her for her twin. I think Cath can easily be related to for many people and that is probably the reason I love her so much.
Wren is the polar opposite of Cath. Wren is self confident, outgoing, and has a bit of an ego. She is constantly out drinking and has to find a way to reel herself back into control. Once Wren settles down her relationship with Cath improves a lot.
Levi is one of the people Cath meets in college. He is polite, smart, and extroverted. Levi is ALWAYS smiling like its the natural thing to do . I think of Levi as a sun personally. We need the sun in order to be warm and comfortable. That is exactly what Levi does for Cath. He warms Cath up to many situations and helps her to feel comfortable when she otherwise wouldn’t.
The characters where fabulous and seemed like they could easily have been based off of real people. The plot was also good. I personally can’t wait to get my hands on the spin off Carry On a stand alone about Simon Snow and Baz Pitch.