Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After reading Rainbow Rowell's "Eleanor & Park" and "Attachments", I know that, somehow, I have gotten used to her writing style. These two books have different plots, so I did not have any set expectations on "Fangirl". I just know I'd enjoy it. Well, I did and I am placing this book on the same level as "Eleanor & Park" when it comes to my books-I-adore list.
As a fangirl, this is my kind of story. Although I am not into fanfiction, I know how it feels to intertwine my love for the fictional world to my reality. There's a level of passion that some people will not understand and will find funny or weird. Cather is a typical fangirl whose college freshman life is told in this coming-of-age story. She goes through changes in life and love. Between her struggle to find herself, maintain her scholarship, make friends with her roommate, worry about her dad, think about her twin sister and fall in love, she writes her own version of a very popular series of books.
Interspersed with Cath's life is the story of Simon Snow who reminds me very much of Harry Potter. Think a story within a story. I would often find myself skipping through the Snow stories just to know what happens next in Cath's. That's a good thing -- her life is more interesting for me than what happens in her books.
Rowell has this tendency to write lines that melt my heart or make me want cuddle and kiss and fall in love again. I would like to believe that I can be jaded about love at times, but her books will completely reveal the heart on my sleeve. It's the thought of young love's innocence, the kindness of the characters and the way the story unfolds that make me want to get lost in them. The characters are flawed and the ending is not all perfect, but that's what makes the story relatable and effective.
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