Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

fangirlI loved this!  Cather and her twin, Wren, are off to college in Nebraska. There are all kinds of things going on. Their dad is a manic-depressive ad-man (totally like Robin Williams’s character in that recently axed tv show, leading me to believe that all creative advertising people are totally manic) and she’s worried about how he’ll get along with his daughters gone. Their mother left them all when the girls were only 8 years old. Cather and Wren are tight and of course Wren drifts away from her as soon as school starts, opting to go for the college drinking and partying experience. Cather is nearly socially phobic and happy to spend all her time in her room, writing. You see, she is an incredible writer and widely known in certain circles of fan-fiction writing. What totally impressed me in this book was how Rowell created first the world of the book series of Simon Snow, then Cather’s own writing about Simon. The series is somewhat Harry Potter-esque and Cather has been writing for years. She is now writing her own final book in the series in anticipation of the series’ real final installment, due at the end of the year.  She gets tens of thousands of hits on everything she writes. But no one really knows who she is! That’s really what I found so interesting-she’s basically famous, and an amazing writer in her own right. Honestly, despite the craziness going on around her I found myself envying her and wanting to point out that she just doesn’t know how good she has it. And her roommate’s darling ex-boyfriend is cute and charming and falls for her. And her roommate is hilarious in a strange and brusque way. Cather navigates this new world of college, finds her writing voice, copes with her family, and copes with change in a unique story.

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3 thoughts on “Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

  1. I adored this book. I read it twice. 🙂 I’ve always vaguely loved the idea of fanfic, although I haven’t really indulged myself in reading or writing it. I loved getting this extra insight into the phenomenon.

    • Amy, I really didn’t know much at all about fanfic so I also found it completely fascinating. It was eye opening to think about what makes a writer and are you any less of a writer if you’re creating stories set in a world someone else made up? In my imagination Cather was absolutely going on to become a well known published author.

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