“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair anymore – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.
Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally 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.
Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s learning that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible.
I wasn’t sure how I’d like this book but it ended up being pretty awesome.
Truthfully this is how New Adult books should be. This is closer to a real college experience than any of the other NA books out there that I’ve seen. College is full of uncomfortable experiences. You see people you care about making poor decisions and there’s very little you can do to get them off of that track. You’re forced to work with people who are only looking out for themselves. Despite all that you can sometimes meet people who are really good to you. Rowell was able to capture all of that.
I had mixed feelings about the fandom situation. On one hand, I can get how something becomes a big part of your life. The obsession with the fan fiction aspect was a bit too weird for me. I’ve never been a fan of fan fic. The pseudo Harry Potter story was weird. Especially be how close to the HP books is was AND for the books to not even acknowledge HP (except a passing reference). It was just weird for me. I did appreciate getting to see snippets of Simon Snow and the fan fiction between chapters.
The bottom line? This is my ideal New Adult book.