Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 10th 2013
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
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?
Something I have discovered about myself is that I LOVE a slow burn. I really enjoyed this book. As someone who used to read fanfic and someone who wrote fanfic, I can relate. While I did not have the college experience (I was a commuter), I enjoyed looking into this one. I enjoyed the main character, Cath for the most part. There were a few times where I felt her reactions and choices were a bit frustrating, but for the most part, she is a very likable and believable character.
An obviously I very much enjoyed the love interest/love story aspect. Loved it!
Overall this book is a really nice feel-good read. I wouldn’t consider it “fluff” because there are a few heavy topics, but I would suggest it if you want to read something fun.