Author: Rainbow Rowell 
Pages: 434 
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My Summary: Ever since her mother left, Cath's entire life has revolved around Simon Snow: a character from a widely popular book series that centers on the adventures of an orphan at a magical school. Her entire life is Simon Snow - she writes a really popular fanfiction and has tens of thousands of readers hanging on her every word. Cath's always been secure in the knowledge that no matter what went wrong, she and her twin sister Wren could rely on Simon.

Until Cath goes to college, where she discovers that her sister is becoming a completely different person and couldn't care less about their mutual obsession. Cath is crushed, but she knows Wren will be okay without her and Simon. But can Cath survive college when she isn't in control of the plot line? Especially if doing so means having to give up Simon?

My Thoughts: This book was a blast. I started it a few hours before bed hoping to get through a few chapters, but I ended up finishing sometime in the early morning. I could not put it down. Rowell's writing pulled me in - it was like love at first sentence. 

Cath was a great main character, and reminded me so much of myself back in the ol' fanfic days. Rainbow Rowell has a way of writing hilariously quirky characters, and I can honestly say I can't pick a favourite. Levi, of course, was amazing - there's nothing like a guy with an adorable accent who also happens to know how to make a gingerbread latte. 

This book tackled a few tough issues, and I think the character's reactions were very realistic. Cath's reaction to her mother's attempt to get involved in her life - to me, at least - seemed warranted. It's not always possible to forgive and forget. 

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys realistic contemporary YA and new adult fiction. Check out Rainbow Rowell's other books if you haven't already! 


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