Sorry that I haven’t kept up with my reviews in the last few days; I got caught in the vicious cycle of work, fanfiction, sleep, work, fanficiton… you know how it goes.
To tie into the theme of this book review – being a huge geek – I wanted to tell you guys about this thing I found that changed my life, Adagio Tea. They have all the fandom teas, all of them. I am now the proud owner of four new blends, including a Baz tea that looks like it might taste like a religious experience. I’m so stoked. Tea and fandoms are my shit.
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
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?
Plot: I loved this story from the bottom of my emotionally wrecked, salty-ass, bitter soul. Rainbow Rowell writes stories about mundane situations and turns them into magical worlds of feels and adventure. Fangirl was the perfect story for me; it covers a variety of topics like mental illness, geek life, heartbreak, and growth. It’s a coming of age story that has a main character with social ineptness. Cath resonates with me on a lot of levels; she sucks at making friends, has an obsession with a fictional universe (and gay wizards), and doesn’t care much about people in the real world. I loved her quirky life. A lot of people say that she’s unlikeable because she’s so awkward, but I really appreciated how real she was. She’s a real-life fangirl, and while we come in all shapes and sizes, she’s entirely authentic. Cath is the epitome of someone who loves a fandom with her whole heart and still has to be present in the real world to survive. This story is fun and simultaneously heart-wrenching.
Characters: My favorite parts of the characters are Levi’s flannels and the fact that the main character has a twin. I loved how Rowell made Wren move on from the world of Simon Snow – it adds a whole element of “is giving up your childhood hobbies really a part of growing up?” to the story. I mean, what do you do when your other half becomes someone you don’t know? When your mirror image is no longer recognizable? Twin psychology is so fucking cool.
Also, Levi. He’s one of my borderline Book Boyfriends. While he does break Cath’s heart a couple times in the midst of things, his accepting and loving nature is what makes him unique from the traditional love interest. Nothing is better than having a partner who accepts you for all your little nuances. He’s not perfect but that’s a great side to him – it makes him more realistic and easier to appreciate.
Ending: Totally dug the ending. Cath stays authentic to herself in a world full of pressure to change. It’s really heartwarming and different for a main character in a coming-of-age novel to remain true and also experience growth.
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Carry on, stay tuned for more ramblings,
The Book Witch