This week’s Day’s YA pick is an oldie, but a goodie. Read on to hear my thoughts on this beloved YA classic.
When Cath and her twin sister, Wren, were younger, they were both diehard Simon Snow fans. They read the books, attended the premieres, covered the walls of their shared room with Simon Snow posters, and they wrote fanfiction. Now that they’re heading to college, Wren has left that part of her life behind, but not Cath. Cath has decorated her dorm room with posters and figurines and still spends every possible minute writing fanfiction for her 35,000 readers. Wren has also decided that living with her twin isn’t an option, and Cath is now stuck with an older and more outgoing roommate. Making matters worse, Cath is dealing with boys she doesn’t understand, professors who don’t understand her, and a father she can’t seem to stop worrying about. Although her fanfic has saved her in the past, now Cath may be forced to choose between her favorite fantastical world and the real, living people right in front of her.
I ADORED THIS BOOK! FANGIRL has been on my radar ever since I read (& loved) ELEANOR & PARK years ago, but it somehow eluded me until recently. Rainbow Rowell writes honest, relatable characters, and FANGIRL is no exception. I particularly loved awkward, introverted Cath and her quirky tendencies. Cath is endearing and has many realistic flaws, and I truly believed that she matured over the course of the novel. Though Cath takes the lead here, the secondary characters shine just as bright, making for a well-rounded cast. Perfect for new and existing fans of Rainbow Rowell, as well as those who enjoy reading about—and perhaps identify with—nerdy, bookworm girls (*raises hand*).
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