Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    Heading into their freshman year of college, Cath automatically assumed her twin sister Wren would be her roommate, but Wren made other plans, so Cath starts the year feeling isolated and socially paralyzed. As the year progresses, Cath and Wren grow further apart, as Wren trades their shared world of Simon Snow (their Harry Potter) fandom for a collegiate realm of fraternities, dieting, and binge drinking. Cath’s passion for writing eventually connects her to Nick, a classmate from her writing class, but his motives may be less than pure. One night, she agrees to help Levi, her roommate’s “boyfriend,” with a reading assignment, and her world gets turned upside down.

    Evaluation:
    After reading Eleanor & Park and now Fangirl, I believe that Rainbow Rowell has joined John Green as one of the few authors writing contemporary realistic fiction which treats young adults as real people rather than dystopian pawns. Like John Green, she captures the magic of adolescence where characters stand at the threshold of adulthood but still see and feel with the simple honesty of children. Both authors recreate real worlds where bad things can, do, and did happen to the characters we grow to love. I read Fangirl in one weekend, and I plan to seek out Rowell’s other books in the near future. Once I entered the world Rowell created, I couldn’t pull myself away, and I didn’t want to leave. She not only made me care about her characters, she made me “root for” them. I hope you will too.

    Rating: 4.5 stars

    Recommendations: Eleanor & Park, The Fault in Our Stars, Why We Broke Up, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska

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