To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.

– Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

Author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park comes another much adored bestseller Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

This novel features Cath, a young woman who is a Simon Snow fan; the series is her life. Reading, rereading, and writing fanfiction about it. She engrossed herself in it when she was a child, it’s what got her through her mother leaving. Now, in college, her twin sister, Wren doesn’t want to be roommates with her, and Cath is now on her own in a new world. When it comes to college, Cath has to make a big decision: Can she live her own life even if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I am a fangirl, for Fangirl. Rowell perfectly describes what it’s like to be a fangirl inside an eighteen-year old’s head; from beginning to end, you will not only fall in love with Cath, her twin sister, and every other character in this novel, but you will fall in love with Simon Snow as well. It’s a talent to write a book, but a book within a book is something that is extraordinary and should be praised. Simon Snow will make you wish it was a real thing in real life. Rowell captures the voice of Cath perfectly! No confusion on who is talking to whom.

Not only does this novel include fangirling over fictional characters, but it also deals with complex topics such as divorce, abandonment, and mental illness. It delves into these topics naturally; it is not forced upon you. Rowell handles these topics in a realistic manner and the writing is seamless throughout the novel. Rowell’s writing will give you goosebumps as you turn from page to page never wanting to put the book down.

If you enjoyed Eleanor & Park, you would certainly enjoy Fangirl, a novel that brings out the fangirl in all of us.

Recommended for those who are a fan of Rainbow Rowell or want to read a story of first love and fangirling over fictional characters.

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