Cath is off to college, which is extra scary because she’s leaving behind her single dad, and her identical twin doesn’t want to room with her. Good thing she’s got fan fiction to write! Smart, funny, sweet and tough, with a fantastic mock Harry Potter world on which to base Cath’s fan fiction, it made me so feel delightfully warm and fuzzy, I felt like I had swallowed a kitten.
This is the coming-of-age story of a quirky girl who simply wants to stay in the comfortable world of childhood. But Cath’s stronger than she thinks, and finds childhood is neither so comfortable nor so simple. It’s a story about being honest with yourself, and brave enough to experience joy when you find it. And fan fiction. It speaks to my geeky, social-anxiety-filled soul.
In Rainbow Rowell's "Fangirl," 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
About the Author
RAINBOW ROWELL lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She's also the author of "Attachments."