Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is about the awkward Simon Snow-loving, fan-fiction writing, protein-bar eating, staying-in-on-Friday-night, comfy-clothes-wearing Cath. During her first year in college, she is having a difficult time adjusting to life away from home. While her more socially ambitious and outgoing twin sister is out partying and making friends, she is stuck with a surly roommate who’s boyfriend is always around. Her long-gone mother attempts to re-connect, but she wants nothing to do with the woman who abandoned her. Her father is facing an upward battle at work because of his inability to face his own mental shortcomings. His bipolar disorder has him on a constant roller coaster between being everyone’s best friend and his own personal worst nightmare. But now Cath is wondering if she isn’t the crazy one.
I liked this book because everyone in it felt like real people that I was hanging out with, not just reading about. I didn’t feel like I was reading about Cath struggling to finish her short-story for her class or reading about her gushing about her latest man friend. I felt like we were hanging out in her dorm room, drinking hot cocoa and staying up way too late.
This book is for anyone who has ever doubted themselves or felt really really crummy. This book is for anyone who finds comfort in the unreal; who needs a really good fantasy story to escape reality for a little while. This book is for anyone who wants to remember what it’s like to fall in love for the first time. This book is for anyone who has ever self-identified as fangirl, fanboy or nerd.