“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?” – Goodreads
Favourite Character: I CAN’T CHOOSE! Probably Reagan
Favourite Scene: Queuing up to buy the 8th Simon Snow Book
Favourite Quote: “But you’re so helpless sometimes. It’s like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”
Rating: 98% I WANTED MORE!
Like every other person who has read this book, I adored it! I couldn’t get enough, I needed it to go on forever and I feel like Cath is me from the future. I am really not a social person, I have my group of friends and don’t really stray away from that. That being said, I am definitely a lot louder than Cath is though I tend to hermit in my room as she does. I’m not old enough to have grown up with Harry Potter but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t love it as much as those who did. When I was seven, I did my first school presentation on Harry Potter nad the Order of the Phoenix, it took me 7 weeks to read and is still the largest book I have ever read (though now my fastest time is 2 and a half days) and reading that last chapter brought me and many other Harry Potter fans back to 2007. When I was 9 years old and dressed up as Hermione outside Waterstone’s at midnight in the cold with my cousins, it was so much fun!
So Cath embodies the average fangirl, which is great because although we all obsess over books in the way Cath does, this is the first time we have been able to fangirl about something which hits so close to home. So as well as the whole idea of the book being fantastic, the characters, plot and writing were too! I really liked the way that we got to see Cath grow up and struggle to hold on to Simon Snow. She would comment on how bad she felt because it had been a week since she wrote a chapter of Carry On Simon and I was just like, oh my gosh! I do that when I skive off of blog duties because of like exams and homework and shit.
The relationship she has with Wren was one which really embodied something I’m going through right now because I moved to Houston and had to leave all of my childhood friends behind and while I’ve been gone I feel like I’ve been stuck in a timelock. While I’ve been continually obsessing over books and Tv, my friends have grown up and moved on to other interests, leaving me behind.
I really liked Reagan. She was like Cath’s Fairy Godmother. Coaxing her out of her shell, encouaging her to stop hiding away in her room and bringing her back into reality. Not to mention her sassy personality and the hilarious things which fell out of her mouth.
“Why are you so obsessed with Simon Snow?”
“I’m not obsessed, I’m just active in the fandom!”
“What the fuck is the fandom?”
-quotes not exact,going from memory as the library has my book
I really liked the storyline with Nick too. He used her, took the credit and then dumpped her int he trash when he was done with her so when he came grovelling back and Cath had her posse of people and turned him down it was just a “Fuck Yeah!” moment.
Okay then, on to Levi. Can I rip him from the book and make him real? I swear to god he is the closest thing to the perfect specimen that the world is ever going to find! He was just the epitome of loveliness. Even before they were dating Levi took care of Cath, helping her in emergencies and waiting for her to catch on to the fact that he liked her. She was so oblivious it was cute!
I think Cath took the whole “he kissed someone else!” thing to the heart for too ling. They weren’t even dating at this point and she hadn’t texted him. Build a bridge and get over it.
So Yeah those were my thoughts o n Fangirl! My only critisism of it was that it wasn’t long enough! I wanted it to go on forever! I want a sequel! But alas, it was not meant to be…. Oh well!