“Fangirl”

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Emily Ann Meagher, Staff Writer

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is about Cath and her twin sister Wren are Simon Snow fans. All she does is reading, dressing up as her favorite characters for movie premiers, and writing Simon Snow fan fiction. Now that they are older, Wren has mostly grown away from the fandom, but Cath doesn’t want to let go. Cath and Wren are getting ready to go away to college, only Wren tells Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates her.

Completely on her own and outside her comfort zone, she has a host of characters she suddenly must deal with: a cranky roommate with a charming boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who believes fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, and a handsome classmate. All the while, she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who is caring and fragile and has never been alone. The main question for Cath is: Can she handle this? Can she survive without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start making her own choices? Writing her own stories? And will she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind.

“It reminded me that sometimes it’s necessary to let go.” said Chloe Woods, Sophomore.

Fangirl talks to the reader directly; it is a book that resonates so deep within the reader,  it feels as though the reader is learning about themselves in the process. Whether the reader is the shy insecure girl who’s afraid of life, the happy-go-lucky guy with and eternal smile, the deceitful friend, or the self-centered sister; the emotionally nonexistent dad, the outspoken, honest roommate, the life of the party or the one hiding in the shadows, they all have a place. There’s bits pieces of everything scatted throughout the story, representing everything that makes people who they are.

“I loved it because it illustrated the way our generation that grew up on stories like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, will grow up and the kinds of challenges we will likely face due to the way we enjoy, or obsess over, our media.” said Caitlin Smith, Sophomore.

This book also focuses on all of the different types of relationships. Whether it be the father-daughter relationship, or the friend-friend drama, each one is represented equally throughout the story.

The romance doesn’t revolve around the standard muscled body, ripped abs, broad shoulders and towering six feet tall man of intrigue. The love interest, Levi, is anything but; he has a receding hairline, soft muscled body, and no six foot plus height. He’s chivalrous and polite, with a smile always pasted on his face, being nice to strangers just because he can. He has more layers than just an outward appearance.

This is a great coming of age stand-alone book that will leave the reader with a smile on their face. This book is refreshing and will comfort any type of reader. This book will bring any reader to their happy place. Fangirl is definitely ten out of ten stars, and I would recommend it to girls and boys alike!