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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: January 30, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

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 any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate 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. Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible ...

After reading Eleanor & Park last year (thank you, Judith), I knew that I would have to check out some of Rowell’s other work. While Eleanor & Park wasn’t a favourite read of mine, I did think that Rowell was very talented and some parts of the story struck a chord with me. So when I was offered Fangirl by the publisher, I was happy to accept.

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: February 28, 2013
Source: Gift
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Rating: four-stars

TWO MISFITS. ONE EXTRAORDINARY LOVE. 
It's 1986 and two star-crossed teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love--and just how hard it pulled you under.

 A cross between the iconic '80s movie Sixteen Candles and the classic coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska, Eleanor & Park is a brilliantly written young adult novel.

XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus.
Judith recommended Eleanor & Park to me for our Epic Recs back in November, and she even went as far as buying it for me for my birthday because she thought it was truly epic. I was very, very hesitant to pick this book up, because there is so much hype surrounding it and sometimes I really dislike the books that the community raves about.

Thankfully, I ended up really enjoying Eleanor & Park, and it gave me a lot of feelings. So Judith can put the knife away now.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #181818;">Cath is a Simon Snow fan.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">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.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">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.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?</span></p>

“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”

I read Fangirl on a whim; I’d really enjoyed Eleanor & Park so I was pretty intrigued to see whether Fangirl would be as good. I still prefer Eleanor & Park, mostly because it deals with more serious issues, but Fangirl is, I think, a very cute novel that is so much fun to read.

So Fangirl is basically about a pair of twin sisters who at first seem very different. Cath, our main character, is an introvert with a talent for writing; she is deeply involved with the Simon Snow fandom i.e. the book’s version of Harry Potter, and the novel is interspersed with sections of her own fanfiction. Wren, once as big a fan of Simon Snow as Cath, now enjoys going out, partying and flirting with boys. There’s also romance, within Cath’s real life and in her fanfiction, a love story about Simon i.e. Harry Potter and Baz i.e. Draco Malfoy, which is just the best tbh. Cath’s family also plays a big part in the story – her relationship with her twin sister Wren but also with their father adds more background to an otherwise sweet, light story.

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