September brings many memories from school, so I figured why not reread this amazing novel? I had read it the first time when it had just come out, which was about five years ago. Therefore, my knowledge of the book was hazy.
Two months ago I finally got my hands on a copy of Carry On, which is also by Rainbow Rowell, and I thought that this would be the perfect time to read this novel. Warning: There may be spoilers ahead.
Here is a little bit about the book:
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?
Rereading this was like reminiscing with a childhood friend. There was so much that I had forgotten, so it was almost like I was reading it for the first time.
I can be considered a little crazy, so it was easy to relate to Cath. With all of her anxiety about college and new experiences, I couldn’t help but feel like I was her at certain points. Rainbow Rowell does an amazing job of showing Cath’s thought process throughout the novel, and to me that is huge. It really helped immerse the reader into the story and help put others in Cath’s shoes.
One important thing that I really liked about this novel is how Cath overcame her anxiety in order to finally write the story that she never thought she could write. It means a lot to me that it shows how anyone can overcome anything, even if it doesn’t seem like such a big deal to others.
If you are looking for a cute romance novel that is so much more than just a romance novel, then I highly recommend Fangirl. You won’t regret it.
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