A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
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? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
I’m very used to reading plot-driven books. I’m used to reading about magical and brave heroine who seek out adventures that I am not sure I would be capable of. Through them, I explore new worlds and live vicariously.
My 24 hours with Fangirl was different. The main character Cath was an obsessed bookworm, a fan fiction writer, a college student, and a twin. She wasn’t brave nor magical. Maybe it was her non-existent relationship to alcohol or her yearning for the fictional world. Perhaps it was the too cute romance at the end (
with who I shall not name). Somehow, I came to love her. It was one of those reading experience that I could relate to on a much deeper level rather than simply be an observer.
What I didn’t love was the ending. There were too many loose ties at the end. It was as if Rowell wanted one of us to write a fan fiction to finish it. The fanfic excerpts also seemed a bit out of place. In the beginning, it seemed like a clever way to foreshadow the plot, but my brain was cracking to connect the dots. Did I read it too fast to see all the connections?
Recommend? Yes! It was an introspective adventure that lived up to the hype. There were definitely some scenes where I could feel magic in the air. So, I guess it was a bit magical after all.
Until next time! 🙂
Have you read Fangirl? Do you read fanfic? I want to hear your thoughts in the comments!