Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Macmillan Australia
Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair anymore – she wants to dance, meet boys, go parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.
Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realising that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible…
This book was a journey. The purpose was to follow in Cath’s journey through her first year in university. I mean there certainly wasn’t a specified end point that she wanted to reach except to survive her freshman year. Don’t get me wrong that isn’t bad. In fact, it fit with Cath’s character. In her first year in university without her twin Cath would have felt overwhelmed. Thrust in a completely new environment, Cath wasn’t thinking about achieving anything but keeping her GPA up for her scholarship and surviving. This really hit home for me because I am like Cath. If I am put into an unfamiliar environment I clam up and I don’t want to be put into these situations. So I avoid them. Just like Cath with parties, clubbing, drinking and boys but I can’t avoid university forever. The same can be said about Cath, well not with university but with her struggles in life.
Also the relationship between Cath and Levi was slow, sweet and had bumps on the road. Whoo! No insta-love. She didn’t know his feelings because maybe she didn’t want to accept it or maybe she was just too dense. Levi infuriated me and at some point I hated him but my opinion changed and he only got better. Fanfiction is also a huge aspect of this book and I love how Rainbow Rowell discussed the different perspectives regarding fanfiction. Personally I think there is no harm in writing it as long as the writer understands that the characters and the original story and plot do not belong to them.
This book isn’t all about fangirl problems, it also delves into the heart-breaking territory of divorce. Well it is more than that but I can’t find the way to say it. Cath is a very emotional person. While her emotions aren’t in-charge of her life, it has an obvious effect. I love how she doesn’t have the perfect life. She has her flaws. Cath hates change and in the beginning I felt like she relied too much on Wren. No, not rely, that’s not the right term, but she was too caught into living her life with Wren that when Wren wasn’t there she didn’t live her life.
Overall, this book was enjoyable. I must admit it was a slow start but I got into it. If you want to read about the struggles of an introverted fangirl, with familial trouble, thrust into university life and faced with the opportunity of love, look no further than Fangirl.
Fangirl is one of those books that are close to my heart because I can relate to it so much it feels like my own life story. Of course, it’s not but almost every character had an aspect I could relate to. I would definitely recommend to read this.