Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published in English: 2013
Dansk titel: Fangirl
Dansk udgivelsesår: 2016
Finished Reading: June 2018
Genre: Young Adult & Fantasy
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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?
I didn´t have any expectations for this book. I read it solely because I wanted to read Carry On next. Thought it would be better to know the background story from Fangirl before reading Carry On. However, it really wasn´t bad. This book surprised me a bit in a positive manner. The characters was decent but not some I´ll remember for long. It´s your typical teen book about growing up and entering the life as an adult. It´s easier for some people to accept the changes that happens than others and it´s interesting to follow the main characters progress.
I liked her, Cath – she was funny, not scared of being whom she is. Her interest stayed the same whilst others around her moved on and started to engage in activities more suited for their age.
The audience of this book will most likely be younger girls, teenagers. For adults it´ll become boing or maybe even pointless to read. However, young people can relate and I´m sure it´ll attract many fangirls around the earth.
The one thing that makes this different from many other books are the way it´s written. After each chapter there´s a story a paragraph from either Cath herself or the author of the books she so adores. At times when I dreaded reading onwards, I always thought of those pages. Some of the short stories she wrote was paragraphs taken from Carry On, and instantly I felt renewed continuing to read.
Don´t get me wrong it´s not a bad book I know it might come across like that. It was an interesting read, but I had a hard time relating to any of the characters. The language is easy to understand. Not tricky in any way.