Summary (from Goodreads):
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? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Why I Read It: Honestly? Tumblr. As I mentioned above, I don't read a lot of contemporary YA, for the same reason that I don't write it. I'm an adult now, but I still struggle with thinking through my teenage years, my own time as a young adult. A lot of the best contemporaries hit too close to home, especially when they deal with sisters. But this book just kept showing up on my Tumblr feed, so I went for it.
ZOMG Yes! There was a lot going on this story--the dynamics with the sisters, dealing with their father's bipolar disorder, Cath's own anxiety disorder, the writing of the fanfic, the romance, the mommy issues. There's just a lot. It was all woven so well together, and I'm a sucker for sister stories.
So, of course, Cath and Wren's part of the story was my favorite--including their very different ways of dealing with their mother.
Levi was a close second. As was Cath's roommate Reagan. The characters in this story felt very real. I love when a story does that.
Fangirl is more accurately New Adult--since the girls are in their first year of college, but that's fine. It made a lot of the pieces and parts that much more interesting and made me want to read more New Adult. And more Rainbow Rowell.
kthxbai: I definitely recommend this book. I read it in two days and would have read it faster if I'd given in and stayed up last night. This is by far one of my favorite reads of the year. Five chiweenies to Rainbow Rowell!