Published by St. Martin's Press; 2013
Format: Large Print
Genre: Contemporary YA
I got this book from the library.
Synopsis via Goodreads: 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's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate 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. 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 ...
For awhile I have been hearing great things about Rainbow Rowell’s writing but hadn’t read anything by her. (Confession: I have Eleanor & Park on my kindle, but like most books on my kindle, it will sit there for months* while I acquire and read physical books). When we got Fangirl at the library, I thought I would give it a shot.
It took me almost a month to read Fangirl in it’s entirety because the only format we had was Large Print. While some love and/or need the Large Print format, it is very difficult for me to read. I find it challenging and can only read a few pages at a time. If there are also specialized fonts like anything in bold or italics, it’s almost impossible for me to read LP. Furthermore, I always feel like the author is shouting at me, or something.
I am glad I stuck it out because I LOVED this book. Plus, it was about twins, and being a twin myself, it was all the more personal to me. Being someone who didn’t really get the appeal of fanfiction, I found Wren’s scenes of writing about Simon and Baz quite interesting, (HP and Draco, anyone?) and I felt like I got a little bit of insight on that would, though I still am unlikely to read fanfiction. (Sorry, EL James**)
Back to the twins, I loved that there was a lot of emphasis on Cather and Wren being different people, and Wren wanting to be seen as an individual. (That’s all twins really want). But at the same time, there is that special twin bond that will always be there. Good on you, Rainbow Rowell. You made the twin in me very happy.
I am pretty sure that my favorite character was Reagan. She was snarky, and complicated, but a really good friend underneath it all. Levi was a close second. I loved that he was a nice guy, but still had some faults. Bonus points, for being described as always smelling of coffee.
I need to talk about the humor. It is fantastic. I laughed out loud a time or two. My favorite line has to do with a reference to Flowers In The Attic. (Disclaimer: I have never read Flowers in the Attic, but I know enough about it to appreciate the joke. Also, Ew.)
I found the ending to be quite satisfying. I even sighed from happiness as I closed the book. That is the mark of a good story right there. Perhaps when I have less physical books out from work, I will get to Eleanor & Park soon...ish.
*Or possibly years. I only read my Kindle in bed at night when I am too lazy to get up and turn on/off the light.
**Not actually sorry. Not in the slightest.