After their mother left, twin sisters Cath and Wren lost themselves in the fantasy world of Simon Snow. That included devouring the books and creating their own fan-fic based set within the world of Simon.
Now that two are headed off to the same college and Cath is having a difficult time adjusting to the changes in her life. Wren wants to live with someone else and Cath, who is a bit shy and socially awkward, can’t quite work up the gumption to go to the cafeteria to eat her meals. Instead, she’s content to sit in her dorm room and continue work on her fan-fic masterpiece.
Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl is an unlikely coming of age story that rings absolutely, authentically true on page after page. Rowell ably handles a potential love triangle for Cath with deft ease and avoids many of the cliches associated with that genre. The story is populated with a variety of authentic, likeable characters for Cath to interact with, including her roommate. Rowell also doesn’t infodump Cath and Wren’s backstory and their complicated relationship with their mother and father, but instead gives us glimpses into it as strategic points.
What it all adds up to is one of the more delightful, entertaining and moving novels I’ve read this year. Sure, this novel is probably going to get shelved in the young adult section of your bookstore or library, but I encourage you to not let that keep you from reading it. The story of Cath’s struggles is one that can and will appeal to many, regardless of your age.
One of my favorite books I’ve read this year.