Since reading Rainbow Rowell for the first time (Eleanor & Park–read it now!), I’ve needed to read her other books too. Just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything as beautiful as Eleanor & Park. The good news is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is good too. Not as good, but I probably set the standards too high to be honest.
Fangirl is great young adult literature because the main character, Cath, is a freshman in college and I love that she’s not in high school suffering through real, but sometimes annoying, high school drama. Reading about what college can be like, not all frat parties and fun study sessions in the library, but about not fitting in and feeling lost and wanting to go home, about a mom that abandons and a dad who suffers from mental illness, this book just feels like real life.
I’m going to be honest and say that the fanfiction part of this book, where Cath writes about popular book characters in new ways (kind of like taking Twilight and Harry Potter characters and making up your own story then posting it on the internet) is not really my thing. I know that some people LOVE fanfiction, but I just never cared about it. Maybe because I have never read Twilight or Harry Potter (I KNOW, HOW COULD I?), but I’ve never understood the appeal. But I also acknowledge that the Fifty Shades of Grey series started out as fanfic and I did read those. So, judge away, I guess. I mostly tolerated the side story of Simon and Baz because it was important to the main character, but didn’t really care about it.
But I loved the real relationships, the struggles, the first love, the sister drama, all the stuff that was realistic fiction, Rowell knows how to write authentic characters that are flawed but perfect. So I’m going to continue my Rainbow Rowell adventure, Attachments and Landline (not YA books) will be next with Carry On coming out soon. Unless it really is about the Simon and Baz story, then I’ll skip it (I just looked it up, it is. Blah.). But don’t skip Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, it’s a good one.