I love me some YA novels, especially ones with quirky, strong, female leads. I picked up Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell last week and I’ve been loving it so far. After reading Attachments and Eleanor & Park I’ve become quite the Rainbow Rowell fan. I follow her on tumblr & twitter, and if she lived anywhere near Portland I would try with all my might to get her to have brunch with me.
What I’m trying to say is that she seems like a cool lady with a wonderful literary voice. Her stories are heartfelt, smart, and just plain fun to read. I also greatly appreciate the diversity of her characters! All shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds come through her stories. It’s refreshing!
Fangirl is proving to be a really great read so far. If you’ve ever been involved in any kind of fandom or fan community based on a book, movie, or comic then you will be able to relate with Cath, our leading lady. The story follows Cath’s first year of college as she struggles (reluctantly at first) to find her own identity apart from her twin sister Wren; to find exactly where the dining hall is; and of course to find the time to write Simon Snow fanfiction!
Simon Snow is similar to the Harry Potter series, and that’s what makes this even more special. I’ve been a part of the Harry Potter fan community for many years now, and even though I’m not as active as I used to be, it’s still something very special to me. (I even went to LeakyCon earlier this year!)
I’m really enjoying how much I can relate to Cath and all her awkwardness. I have a feeling that my book club will be reading this book in the future just because I want everyone to read it.
Spread the nerdy love!