Review / Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 474 / Publisher: Macmillan / Buy Here

The twins Cath and Wren were inseperable at school despite their differences. But when they move to college, Wren decides that they have to spend time apart. Cath turns to the Simon Snow Fandom and her own fanfiction to deal with her social anxiety – and her roomate’s goodlooking boyfriend.

Fangirl deals with issues prominent in much of YA literature: growing up and first love. Although I did not think that Fangirl could give me any more or stand out in some way, I became interested as nearly every booktuber and book blogger praised it. And they were right.

Of course, Fangirl is quirky and sickly romantic. But it is also realistic. Cath struggles with her social anxiety; her fear of new places and people and with being suddenly left alone by her best friend. She struggles to keep her family together when one of her father’s creative, but manic episodes appear, her mother tries to rekindle their relationship, and her sister enjoys college life a little bit too much.

„I feel sorry for you, and I’m going to be your friend.“
„I don’t want to be your friend,“ Cath said as sternly as she could. „I like that we’re not friends.““Me, too,“ Regean said. „I’m sorry you ruined it by being so pathetic.“

The reader can relate to Cath who is intimidated by her outgoing twin sister and the idea of starting college. She turns to the things she knows, the things she’s good at: creative writing and most importantly her own fanfiction taking place in the Simon Snow Fandom (which is an exagerated version of Harry Potter). But college is all about making new experiences, getting new friends and realizing your potential. Cath tries to fit in on her own terms and without completely changing who she is. This is a nice change from other college or high school based stories where the main character usually goes from nerdy to sorority girl.

You don’t have to be nineteen and struggling with a new part of life to enjoy it. The story is heartwarming, funny, and really, really enjoyable.


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