Cath attempts to balance “the way things used to be” with the intimidating changes of college life. Her biggest struggle is coming to terms with the distance forced between her and her twin sister Wren. Wren wants to be independent, meet new people, and go out to bars, while Cath desires to remain in her dorm room writing fanfiction for her followers. As much as Cath tries to remain unseen by the physical world, a boy catches her attention that in a way brings the real world to her.
When I first picked up this book, I was certain I wouldn’t continue after fifty pages. I was pleasantly surprised with a story I couldn’t get out of my head. I’ve read Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park and Attachments, but those didn’t hold my interest as much as Fangirl. Now, I’ve thought about this for a bit. Certainly, I’m able to relate better to Rowell’s other works, but in Fangirl, her characters are more believable and endearing. I hate to label anything with the word “cute,” but Cath’s relationship with Levi is “cute”…no… “adorable.” Now, I might be hated for this, but I could have done without the excerpts from Simon Snow (a hit book series, similar to Harry Potter but with vampires). I felt like these were more of a distraction than a necessary element. But hey, I’m sure it works for some people.
Great book. Great story. If you want a little young adult lit in your life, read this.