Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Freshman year of college is the time for fresh starts, but for Cath it's a time for high anxiety. It's not that she wasn't ready to start college, it comes after high school. It's more she wasn't ready to start her life without Wren, her twin sister. While Wren is off living the college life with her new best friend and roommate, Cath is stuck with her non-freshman roommate Reagan, and her revolving door of boyfriends.

Of course all is not lost for Cath. She still has Simon Snow. With the eighth book coming out this spring, more than ever she needs to finish her story of what she thinks should happen. It helps that she is a major Simon Snow fan-fiction author, and getting lost in his magical world is ten times better than the real world.

With classes starting, and Reagan's boyfriend Levi hanging out all the time, Cath throws her self into academic life. Sure Wren is around some of the time, but she is more interested in her new party girl roommate Courtney, and doesn't want to talk about the imagined world of Simon Snow.

It's Levi who really gets Cath out of her shell. His smile, nagging and always trying to good ways have her charmed. But what is he to Reagan, her one (non-related) friend on campus? And what would it be like to be in a relationship with an older guy, who hasn't even read the Simon Snow books?

Whether you are a fan-fiction fan, or just a fan of a good story, Fangirl is the perfect antidote to dystopian over load. While there is drama, it keeps the story going, not sending you to get another box of tissue for your tears. Rainbow Rowell gives us a non-fluffy romance that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens to Cath and Levi. Of course the colorful side characters, especially Reagan and Cath's father, will have you turning the pages.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Getting ready to start Reality Boy)

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