So, there had been a lot of fan-girling over Rainbow Rowell’s new book, Fangirl, and because I totally, pathetically, loved Attachments, I knew I had to read this book, too. Along with some friends at the book club, I excitedly devoured this book with high expectations, desperately longing to have another Lincoln moment again. (Didn’t I say I am pathetic when it comes to Lincoln O’Neil?)
Fangirl, though, comes differently from Attachments but it’s a good kind of different, nonetheless. The humorous writing’s still there, but this time Rainbow Rowell writes for a new audience: young adults, or new adults. Cath is going to college and she thinks that everything will still be the same: rooming in with her twin sister, Wren, eating lunch together, going to classes together, and of course, writing and reading and plainly talking about Simon Snow until the wee hours of the morning. Because yes, Cath and Wren are die-hard Simon Snow fans. Or maybe it’s just Cath now? Because Wren wants to stay at a different dorm, have different friends, and forget about Simon Snow. Is Cath willing to let go?
I had to laugh when I read that the character’s names were Cath and Wren. Catherwren? Haha. And then Levi calls Cath as Cather. Catheter? I mean, come on. Isn’t that funny or do I have a lousy sense of humor? There are other things that made me laugh in this book because, well, Rainbow Rowell writes funny. Whoever uses the word “blue” as an adverb? As in: “As soon as the door closed, Levi popped his eyes again. Bluely.” Or the term “roommate-in-law”?
These and more are what made me like this book more than I intended to. Admittedly, Levi isn’t swoon-worthy as Lincoln, though, but I am willing to overlook this because this time what I loved about the book is the writing. And because the story is all about family and sisters — themes which do not fail to tug at my heartstrings.
I never heard of fan fiction until recently and to be honest, I haven’t read anything of such. I had my fair share of fan-girling moments especially when I was in high school but only when it comes to movies (e.g. Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic) but never about books. Oh, I do rave about books sometimes but not to the point of writing my own version about it if only to prolong the character’s lives in my memory just as Cath does. Still, I had fun reading Cath’s obsession about Simon and Baz (which resembles the Harry Potter series, or maybe HP is the inspiration?) And because I am a trying-hard, frustrated novelist, I envy Cath’s passion about writing and how words easily comes to her.
Fangirl is a coming-of-age story that every young-adult can easily relate to. Some might find the Levi-and-Cath encounters to be swoon-worthy, but I guess I am old now for these kinds of banter. All said, Lincoln remains to be my ultimate bookish crush as of yet. As to whether Park of Eleanor and Park would unseat Lincoln remains to be seen. Reading Eleanor & Park next, because I now declare that I have become a Rainbow Rowell fan. 🙂
3.5 rounded off to 4/5 stars.