Twins Cath and Wren have been raised by their dad since their mom left when they were eight years old. The girls are huge Simon Snow (a Harry Potter like character) fans, filling their room with posters, dressing as characters from the books, and even writing fan fiction. Now that it’s time to go to college Wren wants to branch out and make a new life for herself. She’s pretty much left Simon Snow behind and has told Cath she doesn’t want to room with her.
Wren adjusts to college life quickly and she and her roommate become fast friends. Things aren’t so easy for Cath, though. She’s worried about her dad, can’t quite figure out the new relationships she’s forming, and isn’t ready to give up Simon Snow. She wonders if she’s ready for this new phase of her life.
Fangirl is the second Rainbow Rowell book I’ve read and I have to say she writes fantastic characters. The characters in this book were very real to me so I cared about their lives. I adored Cath and was always anxious to get back to the book to see how she was faring because I worried about her. I cared about the other characters as well and hoped things would turn out for the best.
The plot is great, too, and felt very realistic. Cath’s struggles to leave her old life behind and adapt to life at college felt very real. She wanted to do well but felt awkward in social situations and lacked confidence. Having her dad to worry about didn’t help matters any. Wren seemed to adjust to her new life just fine but turned out to have struggles of her own. I think most people can relate to at least one character in this book.
The area of the book I didn’t quite understand was Cath’s obsession with Simon Snow fan fiction. It’s a defining part of Cath’s character but I couldn’t understand why she didn’t want to write characters of her own. It’s not that I think there’s anything wrong with fan fiction but Cath obviously had a talent that I thought she should be using. (For a better understanding of this, you should read Ana’s review of the book.) That didn’t keep me from loving the book, though – in fact, I now consider myself a Rainbow Rowell fan. This book is sure to appeal to teens and adults who remember what it’s like to be a teen.
I listened to the audio version of Fangirl and it is expertly narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield. This fantastic audio is on 10 CDs and lasts approximately 13 hours.