I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell pretty much entirely yesterday (over 300 pages), which was quite lovely. It was a very enjoyable read, however there were a few things I didn’t like, mainly about the characters.
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
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?
Unpopular opinion alert: I didn’t like Levi. I mean, he acted pretty shitty, you just don’t kiss someone else after sleeping with her! That is not okay. He kind of made up for it, but if you ask me, Cath should have ended up with someone else.
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I think Nick should have been forgiven. Okay he did something shady, but it is way less bad than the thing Levi did. And still they act like he is a terrible person.
And I didn’t like Simon Snow, it felt like a huge rip-off from Harry Potter. You could basically map the characters one to one. Simon = Harry, Penelope = Hermione, Agatha = Ron??, Baz = Draco, headmaster = Dumbledore, etc. So I don’t think I’ll be reading Carry On.
I think Wren is a horrible sister for the most part, and Cath should get herself together and do something more with her life than typing fanfiction. Cath grew on me though.
When reading this book, I switched my opinion from 3.5 to 3 to 4 to 3.5 to 3 to 4 stars and on and on. I was feeling so confused about what my opinion was. I am giving this book 3.5 stars because even though there were a lot of things I didn’t like, I really enjoyed reading it for the most part.
Did you read this book? What is your opinion, do you (dis)agree?