“From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16068905-fangirl?from_search=true)
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I immediately connected with Cath. You see, I wrote fanfiction for several years and I can relate to immersing yourself so thoroughly in a world created by someone else that you want to borrow it.
The book started really well. While I couldn’t relate to Cath’s situation of having a twin that doesn’t want to share a room anymore, I really enjoyed the beginning of the book. After all, that is when everything is introduced, from plot to characters to scenario.
However, that didn’t last. At around 30%, I started wondering where exactly the author was going with it, as nothing seemed to really happen. There would be scenes and scenes of Cath writing, then talking to Reagan, her roommate, and Levi. There wasn’t, in my opinion, anything really being told. Instead, there was a series of descriptions of what was going on in Cath’s life. And it’s quite a lot. From her relationship with her twin sister to her dad’s issue, there is plenty going on.
After the middle of the book, I couldn’t really relate to Cath’s actions and reactions anymore. In fact, at points, I was actively disagreeing with her and thinking she was immature. I’m not going to spoil the scene, but it does involve the teacher mentioned in the synopsis above.
In my opinion, this could have been a shorter book. At points, I felt it dragged a bit, only to reach an end that wasn’t really satisfying.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5