Cath and Wren, twin sisters, grew up on the Simon Snow books (think Harry Potter fandom). Through the rough times the girls had the books to fall into. As they went through high school and upon entering college, Wren outgrew the obsession with the books, but Cath never did.
Wren is excited for the college life. She plans to live it and experience it to the fullest. Cath just wants to write fan fiction, which she has done for years now, creating a story line around the now household character names of the Simon Snow books. Simon Snow and the world she has created keeps Cath feeling safe in a world that she has no control over. Her many followers of her writing keep her motivated to keep on writing, encouraged by this fictional world she can call the shots in.
When Wren lets Cath know that she does not want to be roommates, instead looking forward to breaking out of the “oh look twins” shell they have grown up in, Cath is shocked. Forced to room with a stranger named Reagan and her once boyfriend Levi who hangs around more and more when Reagan is not there…
How does one step up into the next level of life, when they are very happy with the fictional one they have created?
Syllabification: (fan·girl) Pronunciation: /ˈfanˌgərl/ noun
If I would have known that Fangirl was a bit in a way sort of kind of about Harry Potter in any way shape or form… I would have snatched it up forever ago. ~ Sheila
I listened to Fangirl on audio and in no time at all was completely immersed in the world of college and friendships and the undieing love of a book.. so much that you have went on to create your own stories involving the characters just to keep them alive. As much a huge “Potter Head” as I am … I never thought about creating fan fiction, writing these characters into other situations… the whole fan fiction thing is kind of brilliant (and yes borderline obsessive – but hey… who ya hurtin’? 😛 )
Strongly character driven Fan Girl had the essence of The Fault In Our Stars (John Green). Levi gave me an Augustus vibe and in a good way. Quick witted, snarky but not in a mean way….his placement with Cath as a more down to earth level protagonist was a great mix.
Narrators Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield did a wonderful job and they really had their work cut out for them as dialogue is a huge part of the flow of this book – and it works.
Fangirl was a delight to read and I was excited to review it to share it with all of you. SO delighted in fact, I immediately upon finishing Fangirl downloaded Eleanor and Park by this same author. Diving into that one starting tonight.
Do not miss out on a fun read – Harry Potter fans, jump on board!