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.
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?
Miss Riki’s Review:
This was my third Rainbow Rowell novel (I previously read and adored ATTACHMENTS and ELEANOR & PARK) and I loved it every bit as much as the others. Rowell has this uncanny ability to write relationships in such a real and consistent manner that they absolutely jump off the page.
In this book, the relationships are not just romantic, but familial as well, and both sorts are so well done. I was almost more into the relationship between Cath and Wren as twin sisters and their wonderful complex relationship with their father than I was the romance, although Levi is so swoon worthy and amazing that it would be difficult to say for sure.
The fan fiction aspect of this book is so creative and well done (obviously, since Carry On the novel is coming out in October-yay!) and I was so into the story of Carry On that Cath was writing throughout the book. The scenes she is writing do such a good job of mirroring what is going on plot-wise in the main story and they were a welcome addition.
I love that Cath and Wren are easy to root for, yet still so flawed as human beings. They have their good points, but they also have foibles that trip them up, making them realistic and well-rendered characters. Seeing them grow apart is heartbreaking, but then seeing them find their way back to each other as only family can do felt life-affirming. It really was just the most beautiful relationship.
At this point I’d read just about anything that /Rainbow Rowell writes. Her characters are all so complex and her storylines are so very relatable. I highly recommend Fangirl. It will appeal to adults and teens alike.