Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by: Pan Macmillan
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Date Read: 14/02/2015
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.
Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …
A tale of fanfiction, family, and first love.
‘Fangirl’ follows the story of Cath, a freshmen in college and a fan fiction writer for a series known as Simon Snow. The story picks up with Cath moving to college and trying to adjust and find herself. Her twin sister, Wren, starts to drift from writing fan fiction, but Cath still wants to hold on to that part of her life.
I enjoyed Fangirl. Though the way I feel about it is almost exactly how I feel about Eleanor & Park. They are both cute books with complex, well-developed characters, and yet I feel like something is missing that just holds both books back from being truly memorable.
My main problem with this book was the Misrepresentation of Social Anxiety, as someone who suffers from social anxiety myself, I thought it was quite Unrealistic, and Forced. Mental health issues are not something you decide to get over. Claiming the opposite perpetuates a dangerous stereotype that people suffering from bipolar disorder, social anxiety, stress, depression, and other mental illnesses, are all lazy people who would rather be ill and leech off the social care system than actually put in the effort to get better. And yet that’s what Cath seems to do, which is why this bothers me so much. It almost glamorizes mental illness, which is not a healthy message to send to YA readers.
Overall, I did enjoy the book. I thought it was quirky, and funny. Rowell is really a decent writer, although her writing was incredibly repetitive at times.