Rainbow Rowell is a must read YA author, and my favorite of her books is Fangirl. In this novel, Cath, a fanfiction author, is going to college for the first time. I have two copies of this book; the one pictured is the collector’s edition. This edition includes some really awesome artwork on the inside, which I was going to take a picture of, but then didn’t. Sorry.
I loved this book, because it accurately portrays how it feels to be new at college. Cath feels lost, as most kids do when they first leave home. I didn’t even move out of my parents’ house, and I was still overwhelmed by the newness of my environment. When I was a freshman, I thought that I was going to be a scientist. I got kicked out of my first lab. Cath also struggles to find the vibe of her new surroundings. She feels ashamed when her teacher disapproves of her work. However, both Cath and I settled into college life with the help of our own hard work, and the support of friends.
I read this book over a year ago, and I just took a creative writing course last semester, so I thought it would be interesting to compare Cath’s experience and my own in creative writing. Cath’s professor does not approve of fanfiction, but my own professor thought that all writing was good practice, and she generally approved of fanfiction. I did not write any for the class, but I’m sure if someone else did, she would not have failed that person.
My favorite character was Levi. If you’ve read my blog in the past, which you probably haven’t, you know that I judge most male characters based on whether I’d date them. I would definitely date Levi. I don’t even have to think about it. He’s not the typical hot guy I would think of, but he is super sweet, he shows some vulnerability, and genuinely cares about Cath’s well-being.
Wren irritated the hell out of me at the beginning. If I were Cath, I would feel so betrayed. Cath was being treated as the third wheel with Wren and her roommate, and that’s a shitty thing to do to your twin sister. Reciprocity is very important in any relationship. Each person needs to feel equally valued, whether it is between sisters, romantic partners or platonic friends.
The artwork on the book’s cover was by Noelle Stevenson, who wrote Nimona, which is a graphic novel you all should read.
I realize my thoughts are kind of scattered, and hard to follow here. Honestly, it has been a long time since I read this, and I did nothing to try to refresh my memory. To be concise, my overall opinion is read this book! It’s great, and I want to date Levi.