Is it safe to Fangirl over Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell?
Most believe Rowell’s best work is Eleanor & Park, but that’s not the case for me, I love Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This was the first book I ever read by Rainbow Rowell, after reading it I gave it 5 out of 5 stars! I loved this book so much I made all my friends read it! Those who read the book rushed to Starbucks for a “Levi-Starbucks” drink.
Fangirl, follows the story of Cath and her identical twin sister Wren, as they purse their freshmen year of University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cath, is very nervous about adjusting to college. Cath and Wren have the same friends, share the same room, and have the same clothes, why not their identical twins after all? Why can’t things just stay as they are, no adjustment necessary. Problem solved! Well, at least how things always were after their mom abandon their family.
It’s because of their mom leaving them that Cath and Wren became fans of the book series Simon Snow, a series that feels like Harry Potter, as it follows a magical magician boy who attends a school of magic! Cath then begins to write fanficition named Carry On Simon Snow that gains her internet-fame, as her post gain her tens of thousands of followers of passionate readers. Why should Cath have to adjust? Why can’t things just be as they always were?
As Cath begins to gain confidences about going to Uni, her sister Wren has decided to cut her hair! Then informs her that she does not want Wren as a roommate, instead she wants to meet new people thus began to distances herself from Cath, the fan fiction of Simon Snow, and everything Cath find comfort in as familiar. G-r-e-a-t! Just great! The stress of re-adjusting never felt so miserable, until meets her new roommate Regan, and Regan’s ex-boyfriend Levi in her dorm. That’s okay Cath can handle strangers as long as she avoids them, easy. As Cath begins to gather her nerves, she once again gains comfort in her writing class, even finding a writing partner name Nick! Everything coming up Milhouse for Cath! And, just like Milhouse from the Simpson her joy was not long-lived. Cath receives an F for plagiarism on a class assignment, her Dad is leaving some odd messages and Wren is still avoiding her. Life in her first year in Uni is really beginning to be miserable. What will Cath do now?
I love this book so much I own 3 copies!
Why do I love this book so much?
This story is really about the importances of family coming first, while finding yourself in the process. During school, many teachers might told me that I would “discover myself” during high school or college, the truth is that you’ll constantly be rediscovering yourself many times over in life, and sometimes in between the pages of a book!
Rainbow Rowell has a wonderful way of creating dialogue that seems more natural to speech than any other book I’ve ever read before. This is just a talent that Rowell has when creating dialogue! Don’t believe me? In her novel début novel Attachment, most of the dialogue happens through private correspondences through work e-mail. This might seem rather boring, but with Rainbow Rowell’s talent for dialogue it is the most entertaining book I ever read.That’s why I fangirl, over Fangirl!
Q:What makes Fangirl so special?
A: The Characters!
The novel makes us concerns about Cath’s ability to adjust to college life. We’ve all been there, we can relate to Cath’s lack of confidences. It’s the natural way that Cath finds her footing, as awkward it maybe that allows us to feel good about the fact of who we are ourselves. Cath isn’t the nerdy girl that suddenly becomes Prom Queen, Cath continues to be herself, she never changes, instead those around her that accepts her also accepts what makes Cath Cath!
View Spoiler »Surprise! It was her sister Wren! This only goes to show you that even those who you view more confident than yourself aren’t as confident as you might believe.
The moment when Wren’s brought home, from the hospital after she survived alcohol poisoning, she’s given a serious talk with their dad. Oh how the tables do turn! Wren has tried her hardest to separate herself from Cath the entire time they are in college!
Wren focused so much on having a “good time” with her “new friend” that she managed to isolate herself from all the joys that Cath was experiencing. I feel that Wren embarrassment of having such a nerdy sister increased her need to act out and be seen as Wren the cool sister. Hmmmm How did that work out for you Wren? I feel that Wren was looking for love in everyone, or every place, when she just need to love herself. The book mention Wren having many boyfriends in the past but never truly caring deeply for any of them. I found this interesting because as soon as Wren went to college she reconnected with their Mother. The same mother who ABANDONED them again when her family needed her in the hospital! What was up with that? You can’t be a mother to your only daughters but you can be a stepmom?
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Arthur Avery is Cath and Wren’s father. He is bipolar and a good parent to Cath and Wren. This is a parental character very much needed today. I love the fact that Rowell, created a parental figure that is struggling with mental illness that isn’t shown as BAD person for actually having a mental illness. There are times that I feel that as soon as others realize that one has mental illness they are automatically judged as being an unfit parent. This type of pressure only makes it hard of those who are struggling to actually get the help they need to better themselves, or the people that surround them. Arthur has some crazy ideas tho, I kinda like the idea of a fireman’s pole to the washroom!
View Spoiler »Does anyone else see the irony that the parent with bipolar disorder is a great parent while the mother who isn’t suffering from mental illness is actually a horrible parent. « Hide Spoiler
Then theres Levi!
Levi Stewart is the best fictional a bibliophile could ask for. He’s not perfect,we accept that because, neither is Cath. He’s charming and will do what ever he can to help another person.
Did I mention that Levi smiles a lot, this needs to be noted.
Levi smiles a lot, and they are addictive even to us readers.
Levi is from a small town in Nebraska where he has four sisters. He’s studying Range Management at the Agricultural School where he eventually hopes to work at his parents ranch. Levi has a great memory but struggles at reading written text, thus he listens to audiobooks! Did I mention that Levi is clever, smart, polite, and sweet! These really do needed to be noted. Oh Levi is also incredibly faithful and loyal to. Oh Levi Levi Levi, where art thou Levi! Did I mention that Levi is incredibly reliable and most dedicated to understand Cath and her nerdy ways? He’s the character that truly breaks Cath out of her shell. Even though he seems absolutely perfect Levi isn’t, thus giving enough room through the book for him to have character development.
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My favorite phrases that Levi says to Cath is:
“Read to me Sweetheart” [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="193"] All rights to the artist Clair Cabral[/caption]
Who in the book community doesn’t want to hear those words said to them! Ugh everyone!
That scene when Cath and Regan find Levi kissing another girl!
OMG Levi No!
How could you do that after kissing Cath not even a week ago! Levi no! I could not breath when I read that scene my heart broke for Cath. I was right there with her when she was giving Levi the evil eye, or the silent treatment! « Hide Spoiler
If Adele could have an evil punky doppelgänger I assume it would be Regan. There’s really not much I can say about Regan expect the fact that she’s just a heavy set badass character, whose hot.
Then there’s Nick. He’s Cath’s classmate and writing partner. In the novel Cath describes Nick as “someone with a steerage ticket on the Titanic“. He is a skilled writer but also takes his work to serious when critiqued.
I could go on and on about Fangirl until October!’Cause in October I can order This Again!
I recommend this book to anyone who has ever falling in love with Harry Potter, or felt geeky/nerd or just out of place! This book is for those who either going to college, or finished college years ago! I recommend this book to anyone who believes in love, ant he struggle of being oneself when unsure who exactly yourself is! Just read this book! It’s amazing.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a great novel for all to read. So what are you waiting on go read it now!