22 February 2014
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
On a bit of a Rainbow Rowell kick after the excellent Eleanor and Park, Fangirl is another solid entry, but is also very different from Eleanor in a lot of ways.
The story follows Cath, a freshman in college and a severe introvert, who also happens to be a superfan of the extremely popular Harry Potter/Twilight mashup in this world. And, oh year, she writes one of the most popular fanfictions for the books in the world. Meanwhile, her family is continuing to fall apart a bit, she has her roommate's boyfriend around all the time, and she's just trying - and struggling - to navigate the world she's in.
It's a touching story, albeit one with a lot less gravity than Eleanor, but still ends up being a love letter to fanfiction and embracing who you are in spite of the challenges often inherent in being part of something frowned upon in polite society or being more naturally introverted. The book doesn't always work (as someone who's never been able to get into fanfiction, the fanfiction bits were a little rough for me), but it works most of the time, and the overall experience is what ultimately matters.
A definite quality read, and I'd certainly recommend it. It's got a ton of solid things to work with.
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