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” Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept I’m a complete disaster.”
This was my first ever Rainbow Rowell novel, I walked past it in the shops and instantly knew that I had to read it. I was hooked by the title alone.
Now I know this book isn’t going to be everybody’s cup of tea. But for those who are a part of any fandom on the internet, will undoubtedly be able to connect to some part of this book.
This book tells the coming-of-age story of twins Cath and Wren who are heading to college, and whilst Wren wants to go out partying and living the “college life”. Cath wants things to stay the same and is perfectly content writing Simon Snow fan fiction in the confines of her dorm room.
I immediately identified with Cather, the shy, introverted writer. Though I am happy to know I have never been as introverted as her. Literally trying to live off of protein bars because she doesn’t know where the food hall is and can’t pluck up the nerve to ask anyone. So sure she has her pitfalls, because proper food would always win with me. But I loved the way she would talk, and the way she felt about writing, because I feel the same.
“sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.”
I also fell in love with Levi, who might just be the most laid-back character I’ve met in a while. But I absolutely adore the way he was supportive of Cath and there for her whenever he needed her, even if she didn’t openly express that she needed help. He just knew that she did.
I’m not going to lie Wren annoyed me immensely. Reagan was interesting, acting as the sister Cath needed to keep her grounded, though someone who doesn’t understand the intensity of fandom life… she kept Cath at arm’s length.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I laughed, I made weird noises during the sweet scenes. I really felt understood with this book. Reading it you can tell that Rainbow herself is quite the fangirl. Especially the Harry Potter fandom, because you can obviously see that Simon Snow and Baz are based off of Harry and Draco.
Give it a go, not everyone will enjoy it. But it’s a real feel good book that helped me smile during a time where I was feeling a bit down. It’s a light and an easy read.
Rainbow has also written a somewhat sequel. Though this one is based completely on the Simon Snow universe. Titled Carry On, it’s already available at most book retailers. Part of me wants to know where she has gone with this book, the other part of me is worried that maybe that side of Fangirl didn’t need an extension. But I am a big believer in not judging something until I have read it and can then form a full judgement.
Let me know your thoughts on the book below.