Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve been meaning to read another book written by Rainbow Rowell because I really enjoyed Attachments. But you all know how it goes, so many other books in the TBR pile kept me from doing this. I finally decided to try Fangirl when my friends Angie and Michelle recently gave it such glowing reviews. I just had to know more about Cath and Levi and see whether I’ll like them just as much.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

FangirlCath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I don’t really read, let alone write, fan fiction. The main reason for this is because I feel like I’ll get confused between the events of canon vs. fanfic. It’s funny because I’m not big on fanfic and my college experience was very different from Cath’s, yet I could still relate to her. I think every person who is a fangirl or fanboy of fictional worlds will be able to relate to Cath. I love her definition of what a nerd is:

“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one. Cath would move into the World of Mages in a heartbeat.”

Using that definition, I’m definitely a book nerd. I wouldn’t even be able to choose what fictional world I would want to live in. There are so many fantasy settings that I would love to visit and book characters I would love to meet. I also understood how plugged into the online world Cath was because I’m like that as well – I could stay holed up in my room for hours just browsing, staring or typing into my laptop. Aside from being able to relate to Cath’s nerdiness, I also really liked how the book focused on Cath’s relationships with various people in her life – her twin sister Wren, her dad and mom, her roommate Reagan and of course, Levi. These relationships are all complicated, with dialogue and banter that I really enjoyed reading about. I liked that I was able to get most of the references that they used. I feel like I keep saying this but I adore slow burn romances and oh boy, Fangirl had a really good thing going on in that department. I also liked the Nebraska college setting because otherwise, I wouldn’t have found out that there were courses related to farming. I thought it was great that their school also offered writing and young adult literature classes, I certainly wouldn’t have minded taking up those courses if those were available in my own school. One thing that I love about of Rainbow Rowell’s books is that they are all standalones. As much as I enjoy reading books in a series, there are times when I’m in the mood to read something that is wrapped up nicely in one installment. I am now definitely a Rainbow Rowell fan and I look forward to reading Eleanor and Park, I already have the hardcover waiting on my bookshelf.

Just a note on the cover, I feel like Rainbow Rowell has been really lucky when it comes to the cover design of her books. Fangirl’s cover is such a good fit for the story. I also like the artist’s style, here’s another Noelle Stevenson artwork that I think matches Cath’s personality well:

The Upside of Being an Introvert

Other reviews:
See Michelle Read
Book Harbinger
Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. I keep seeing US book bloggers tweet about having spice pumpkin lattes so it must be autumn over there. Wish that drink was available here because I wouldn’t mind giving it a try. Like I said before, there really aren’t any seasons here in Singapore so when I say “my fall TBR list”, I’m referring to American fall months. So I did a lousy job with my summer TBR list, I only read 2 out of 10 books (and currently in the middle of the 3rd one). I didn’t even get to half of them! But then I don’t feel too bad about that because I usually just go for what I feel like reading at the moment. I’m still looking forward to reading the books in my summer TBR pile but I also wanted to talk about some titles that I want to read in the coming months.

First off, I have a friend who will be passing by Singapore from Australia at the end of the month so I ordered three Aussie YA books (from Booktopia, thanks to Maggie for recommending the site) that I’ve been wanting to read:

Girl DefectiveWildlifeAlaska

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell – I haven’t read anything by this author and I think this one would be great to start with as I’ve seen rave reviews from Aussie bloggers.

Wildlife by Fiona Wood – I enjoyed reading Six Impossible Things and I have a feeling Wildlife will be even better because I heard that it has an older feel to it.

Alaska by Sue Saliba – I’ve heard that the writing is lovely in this one and I just couldn’t resist that pretty cover.

Next are several fall releases that I’m looking for:

Friday Brown UKFangirlWhere the Stars Still ShineJust One YearThe Dream ThievesUntoldShadows

Friday Brown / Friday Never Leaving by Vikki Wakefield – Continuing with the Aussie YA theme, I can’t wait to read Friday Brown because All I Ever Wanted was just lovely. I think it’s awesome that this title is readily available now that it has US and UK editions.

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller – I heard that this even better than Trish Doller’s debut novel, Something Like Normal. I’m excited to find out if that’s true!

Just One Year by Gayle Forman – Ahhh, I really can’t wait to read this companion novel to Just One Day! I want to know what happens to Allyson and Willem after the end of the first book.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Having enjoyed Attachments, I have a feeling I will like Rainbow Rowell’s YA novels too.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – Looking forward to learning more about the boys and Blue. So many friends have raved about this sequel, I hope I end up loving it as well.

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan – I’ve been wanting to read this since I finished Unspoken last year. How can I not when it ended the way it did?

Shadows by Robin McKinley – It’s a Robin McKinley novel! Of course, I want to read it.

So many good titles are being released this fall. I noticed that all of the titles in this list are YA. If I do get to read all of these, I’ll probably mix them up with some adult reads. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to follow this list! What about the rest of you, what books are in your priority list for the coming months? Are you excited to read any of the titles in my list?