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Book Review: Fangirl

Fangirl - Book review
Written by Sunidhi Sharma

PLOT: “Cath 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?”

Plot is taken from amazon.com.

DISCLAIMER: As opposed to its name, Fangirl is NOT about fandom. Having said that, here’s the review. Enjoy!

REVIEW: The main reason I chose to review this book is that it agrees with the current season, you guessed it right!- Freshers’ season(and also because I am a fangirl too). If I’d have to describe Fangirl in one word I’d say relatable. Fangirl is a coming-of-age story by NYT bestseller Rainbow Rowell. It is a story of how our protagonist Cath, who as the title suggests is a fangirl, deals with the real world. The book introduces anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the engaging and enthralling world of fan fiction to it and those who already know about it, a story we all can relate to. But wait for it, there is more. Along with the aforementioned plot, it is also a beautifully woven story of how Cath handles her brand new college life. A question to which, I am sure, many of us are trying to find an answer to.

Fangirl or not, while reading Fangirl there’d be at least one part(for me, there were several) where you would think, Yes, I’ve done this or This is so like me. There were moments when I even started laughing out loud or biting my nails(or cringing) while reading a chapter. Another thing which makes Fangirl special is its theme which revolves around change and how the protagonist coped with it. Whether it’s separation from twin-sister-cum-best-friend, making new friends or adjusting to a new environment- Rainbow Rowell has captured all of them in adorable yet realistic way.

Capturization of the protagonist’s character is applaudable. All the characters are so genuine that you’ll develop a likeness to them in no time. Rowell has also tried to seize this one issue which we all too carefully choose to ignore- mental illness. She has shown how Cath coped with her father’s bipolar disorder and her own anxiety issues without being offensive and judgemental at all.

I recommend this book to everyone, boy or girl, fangirl/fanboy or not. Fangirl is a perfect concoction of all key elements you can find in a book- romance, drama, humor and a little bit of Harry Potter too(which made me a very happy reader). It’s a story of growing up and balancing new things with old ones. Though the story develops slowly, it becomes a beautiful one at the end which will leave you with a genuine smile and only good thoughts.

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