Book Review: “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

“Look at you. You’ve got your sh*t together, you’re not scared of anything. I’m afraid of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster.” – Cath Avery (“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell)

As only my second NA (that’s New-Adult fiction) book, I was excited to dive in and get reading immediately. As much as possible, I want to make the most of my young years, where I’m still considered as part of the Youth Fiction Target Market (YA/NA).

And turns out, “Fangirl” was unlike anything I’ve read. I mean it in a good way.

Here’s a short synopsis:

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?

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