Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath and her identical twin Wren are on their way to the local state college when Wren tells Cath that she doesn’t want her as a roommate, she wants to “meet new people.” Cath is devastated since Wren is not only her best friend, but she’s also a co-writer in her fanfiction writing about Simon Snow, a character remarkably similar to Harry Potter. This coming-of age story describes Cath’s rocky passage from a half of a popular duo to a shy, reclusive young woman on her own, who’s not really ready to spread her own wings yet. She’s paired with a snarky roommate named Reagan, who spends more time out of the room with her part-time boyfriend Levi and other guys. Cath can’t quite figure out what their relationship is, but Levi becomes a part of her landscape, always around and insisting on walking her home from late night writing groups.
I just adored this book. I liked that author Rowell fleshed out her secondary characters: Wren, Levi,Nick and Reagan and the father. They felt real and authentic. When Cath begins to fall for a young man (no spoilers here!), the readers can feel her emotions, even if they don’t identify with her hesitance. I highly recommend this to all YA readers, especially ones who like Rowell’s first YA book Eleanor & Park.