“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)” – Rainbow Rowell.
Fangirl is about just that: a fangirl. This novel follows the story of Cath and her twin sister Wren, when they leave home to go to university. Cath and Wren are rather opposite characters; Wren wants to go to parties and get drunk, while Cath is content to stay in her room writing fanfiction. The book focuses on Cath and the new life and experiences which she is gradually opened up to whilst at university and separated from her sister who she isn’t used to being without.
I literally stayed up reading this book for most of the night, itching to finish it and find out how it ends and I love it so much. I love all the characters and the writing, especially how parts of the novel contain a novel within the book and fanfiction of said novel. Excerpts of these, well, sub-novels, I suppose, are evenly placed throughout the novel making for a lovely structure so as the actual book progresses, so does the book within it and it demonstrates to us how and why Cath loves these books she has her own fanfiction dedicated to.
It is a new and original and modern idea for a book and I love it. Rowell is an amazingly talented and creative writer. I will definitely need to get a hand on more of her novels after now being pleasantly amazed by both her works Fangirl and Eleanor and Park, the latter of which I wrote a review for recently in case you are interested in checking that out.
Please leave your comments on both Fangirl and Rowell below, I am always interested in hearing the opinions of other people, whether they be similar or completely different.