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?
This is another book from mt TBR list, and it was my list for a while ever since I read Eleanor and Park a few years ago, and like Eleanor and Park I really enjoyed this book.
This is also a contemporary book, which is a genre I don’t usually go for, but after reading a ton of fantasy and dystopion books I realized that it is time that I needed to get back to reality with an enjoyable contemporary book.
Let’s first discuss the character of Cath, or Cather. She is a super-fan of the Simon Snow series (which is basically Harry Potter) in that universe. She rereads the Simon Snow books and even writes fan fiction. If I say that I relate to Cath it would be an understatement. While I haven’t wrote fan fiction is a while, but I could say that I was and am a part of many fandoms within the internet. Also the fact that I would rather be at home reading than going out with friends. Rainbow Rowell did a good job at making Cath introverted but likable at the same time.
I also like some of the inclusion of her Simon Snow fan-fiction. I know Carry On goes more in depth and writing Simon and Baz in a relationship. So I may read Carry On.
The book mainly takes place during Cath’s first year of college and going through the motions of anyone’s first year and even dealing with a roommate, Reagan and her sister Wren. I like the relationship that Cath has between those two characters. With Reagan, she was the roommate who she doesn’t really like but tolerates, I also like that didn’t make Reagan the typical bitch character like you see in other books. Her relationship with Wren seemed strained because you see that Wren wants to move on and make new friends while their in college.
There is also Cath’s relationship with Levi who she meets through Reagan. I like that the relationship was more than just physical attraction and it was more based on mutual interest and I like that it didn’t get into the insta-love. My only gripe with the relationship is that Levi was originally Reagan’s boyfriend and it almost seemed like it was breaking “girl code” even though Reagan was okay with it.
I also kinda wish the book digged deeper into her relationship with her parents especially with her mother, in which you out she left the family when Cath and Wren were young. But she only has a few scenes with the girls and they were brief. I did like the inclusion if their fathers mental illness and each of the girls were affected by it.
In the end Fangirl was a great contemporary read and I enjoyed it. The main character was very relatable, and a developed supporting cast. It gives us a great insight into fandom and fan culture.