Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park) was just amazing. Period. Rating: 5/5
*This is book #15/30 for my 2013 book challenge. You can take a look at my different reading challenges here.
…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.
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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
God, guys. I don’t even know where to start here. I wish I didn’t use the word flawless so often, because I really have nothing to complain about here, and I can always find something to nitpick when reading a book. Fangirl was just brilliantly written. The characters were so real. This was very much character driven instead of plot driven, and it worked so well. The development was amazing, and I felt like I knew them all as real people. No one was perfect and nothing was rushed, and that’s what felt so great. Since it wasn’t plot driven, there were a lot of loose ends that never really went anywhere and there are a lot of unanswered questions, which I noticed angered some people in their other reviews of the book. Normally this is something that drives me crazy as well, but there was something about this that made me okay with it.
I could really get lost in this book. It was just so likable. Even when the characters were being infuriating, it was still really lovely. I was grinning stupidly down at the book at times, and I don’t do grinning. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll end this here. This is a book I would recommend over and over again. There was cutesy stuff and real life problems and college experiences and gay fanfiction…. what’s not to love here?
If you’re interested in reading my GoodReads updates from this book you can do so here. I must say, they’re quite entertaining. It will tell you exactly what I was thinking on certain pages.