In a nutshell (aka Goodreads description):
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?
Our review (aka Claudia & Diana’s review):
This. Book. Is. Amazing.
We recently re-read Fangirl for like the third time because we just can’t get enough of it and thought we might as well write our first review together. So here it goes. We are so ready to fangirl over Fangirl.
Cath is the most relatable character EVER. She’s so quirky and awkward and funny.
There’s this scene where she just eats protein granola bars (or some kind of bar) because she doesn’t know where the dining hall is and she doesn’t want to ask her roommate (or anyone) where it is and she doesn’t want to deal with the weirdness of not knowing where to sit and whatnot. That scene will stay with us forever because we honestly would’ve done the same thing. Not kidding.
Multiple times during the book we kept saying “same, Cath, same!”.
Rainbow Rowell made an amazing job at creating Cath’s character, she wrote the ultimate fangirl!
Levi… Oh Levi… From the moment he’s introduced in the book we fell in love with him, he’s funny and extremely loving and goes out of his way to protect Cath and make her happy. He has this crazy tall hair that’s just so him. He protects his loved ones so much. He’s far from an alpha male and he’s our favorite type of book boyfriend, he’s just Levi perfection. We don’t know what more to say besides “we love him” and “he’s SO swoony”. Sigh.
This book tells the story of Cath, a girl who’s completely obsessed with Simon Snow and even writes Simon Snow fan fiction. It’s her first year of college and it’s also the first time she’s away from her father and the first time she’s away from her twin sister, Wren (because she ditched Cath in order to meet new people). Cath is stuck with a roommate, Reagan, that uses their room as a pit stop and always seems to be in a bad mood. Said roommate has this cute, crazy tall boyfriend (hint: Levi) and Cath can’t figure out why in the world he’s always around even when his girlfriend is no where in sight. Cath is way out of her comfort zone. But that’s a good thing because that makes for a hell of a ride!
Fangirl is a fantastic coming-of-age story. It’ll make you cry and swoon and laugh and maybe even get a little mad at some characters. It is full of realness and lots of people out there in the world will feel identified with Cath. Even if you don’t relate, you’ll enjoy this book because it is one heck of an experience.
Thank you Rainbow Rowell for writing a whole book about us fangirls.
5/5 flowers ✿
And lastly, are you a fangirl? Who or what makes your inner fangirl come out of her/his cave? Leave us a comment!