Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cath loves everything about Simon Snow. She’s read all the books, seen all the movies, hangs out in Simon Snow forums and writes fan fiction. She started writing fan fiction with her twin sister, Wren, and has 20,000 daily hits on posts. Cath and Wren are leaving for college and Wren doesn’t want to be roommates, she wants to start a life of her own. Now Cath has a stranger for a roommate, a writing partner who is only interested in Cath’s words and a writing professor that does not want Cath to write fan fiction. As her life appears to be falling apart, she begins to wonder if writing is for her. She can’t write her own stories and if that is what it takes to become a writer, she questions whether she has what it takes.

Fangirl is a coming of age story with a magical world inside. Interspersed throughout this book are excerpts from the Simon Snow series and passages from Cath’s fan fiction. Readers will enjoy reading the stories within the story as they travel with Cath on a journey of self-discovery. How with Cath survive without her built in best friend, Wren? Is she ready to write her own stories? Can she move past Simon Snow? Rowell mixes writing styles in such a way to keep the book edgy, but not in a way to make it confusing. Fangirl is a satisfying standalone title that will make readers of multiple genres excited.

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