Oh man this book. Do not start this book unless you have time to devote because you won't want to stop. I can't believe someone wrote a book about COLLEGE and it's not all about sex, drugs, and forbidden/abusive love. I want more books like this!! Please authors, more books like this!! I want to read about other college experiences beyond just meeting a bad boy. When most kids go off to college, they are not instantly mature and adult-like. They are still completely finding out who they are and figuring out how to take care of themselves. I want to read about figuring out where to go from there and NOT about sex with a tattooed rocker bad boy who is "addicted" to the nice good girl.
So now my feelings about Fangirl: Even though I was a bit of a party-er in college I found myself completely relating to Cath's experiences. When I first went to college, I was scared as hell. I didn't know my roommate and she wasn't very nice to me at first. I used to call my mom begging her to let me quit and come home for the first month at least. It was a lonely time where I always felt like a tag-along instead of a friend. So while reading the first third of this book I couldn't help but feel really emotional about everything Cath was going through. And I just kept thinking how she had a twin!! Her transition to college should have been a breeze. She has a built-in best friend. But Wren was not having that. All Wren wanted to do was party with her roommate Courtney. Thank goodness for Reagan and Levi!! They were a Godsend to Cath even though she didn't know it at first.
For only leaving her room when absolutely necessary, Cath experienced SO much. She has people take advantage of her, scary family situations to deal with, first love, being terrified of first love, and friendship. Through it all she is super witty and kind of hilarious. My copy of this book is full of highlights from things that made me smile and laugh. And things that broke my heart and made me cry.
I really loved the overall growth that everyone goes through throughout the book. Cath starts out so incredibly overwhelmed and she adapts in the best ways she can. I went through most of the book so pissed at Wren for abandoning Cath, but knew in my heart that they would work it out. I mean they are twins. It's kind of mandatory that you be cool with your twin. Then there's Levi. Levi is truly perfectly imperfect. I don't think Cath could've found a better guy to get her through everything she had going on. The roommate Regan goes from hard and rough exterior to caring without losing that edge to her. Seriously all the characters are just awesome.
There are so many things I want to say about this book and so many things that could be said that I could seriously write about it for way longer than you would ever want to read. What I am going to say is READ THIS BOOK. It is amazing and might be my favorite book of the year. Rainbow Rowell is my new John Green!
I'm pretty sure this review makes almost no sense because I loved the book so hard... so I'm sorry about that, I tried!!!
OVERALL: Holy-Shit WOW!!! This book was such a breath of fresh air. I loved reading about a college experience that felt real. I wish there were 100 more books about college like this one. It's a story of an awkward, fan fiction writing, college freshman who is trying to navigate a new experience without her twin. And it is AMAZING!
This Book Contains:
- Numerous excerpts from The Simon Snow books
- Numerous excerpts from Cath's fan fiction novel
- The dreaded college caf!
- Family issues
- A disappointing mother
- A writing class
How I got this book: Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read and honestly review this.
Date Published: 9/10/2013