Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


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.

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