My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A unique novel by Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl is like a tribute to all those who love books and the fandoms surrounding them. The main character is a girl with thousands of people following her fanfiction. And she lives for them. She is not good with people, is nervous in new situations and when she has to go away to college, her fanfiction writing is the only thing keeping her together. With a roommate that seems to hate her and a twin sister she is in a fight with for quite possibly the first time in her life, Cath is trying to say strong; after all she cant disappoint her fans. Add all that to a father who needs her and a couple of hospital visits and one must wonder, will Cath survive her first year or will she pack up and go home for a different adventure?
This book. I don’t quite know how to explain it. This book was a controlled, wild ride. Early on you can get the sense that Cath doesn’t like change. Added to that is the fact that her twin sister doesn’t want to share a room with her when they go away to college. Cath was counting on having her sister by her side, that was what made college an okay prospect. But Cath’s sister got a different roommate and they’re already color coordinating their decorations. Once they get to school, Cath’s sister is immediately off with new people and living new situations. Cath keeps to herself as much as possible, attending class, doing her assignments and writing her fanfiction. One of her roommates boyfriends however has caught her attention and while she knows she shouldn’t but at the end of a long night some things that shouldn’t happen do and Cath must face the consequences for better or worse. Does Cath grow into the wonderful person we know she is or does she let fear rule her? Read it and find out (because while I am dying to tell you all a play by play apparently that is frowned upon so read it and then we can all talk about it!).
I give it 4 stars out of five because, for one, I have never reread it and I don’t know if I ever will. Also, secondly, because while the ending was good it was rushed.I could easily be convinced that it (the rushed ending) was done on purpose to cement a point made earlier on in the novel but the fact remains that it did not feel natural and the book really lost something in that last part. Up until they chopped it off at the end, it was a great book.