Saturday, January 18, 2014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This is my first finished read for 2014 and it was the perfect way to start off the year! Rowell captures that first year of college so perfectly. We all try to make our way in the world that first year and have to deal with the good and the bad in ways we don't in high school. Your world expands in so many ways that first year of college and Rowell shows this through Cath and Wren.
St. Martin's Press

Cather and Wren are each other's whole world, or at least Wren is that for Cath. The two have spent most of their teen years writing Simon Snow fan fiction (think Harry Potter) and Simon and Baz, two of the main characters of the Simon Snow fiction, are sacred to the two girls. Things change shortly before the two start college. Wren decides she does not want to room together and wants people to know her as a single person, not as a twin. Cath is crushed and hurt by her sister's antics and dreads starting college and having a roommate that she doesn't know. She ends up with Reagan and Reagan's "boyfriend" Levi. At first Cath tries to ignore both Reagan and Levi and focus only on her fanfiction "Carry On, Simon Snow," about Simon and  Baz really being gay and loving each other, which is not part of the canon, but in the fanfic world it is just as good. Life intervenes and Cath must focus on her school work, betrayal by a classmate who basically steals her work, and her dad's depression and sister's problems. What hold her together is her sarcastic, tough roommate and Levi's affections. When she falls for Levi, Cath must figure out what is really important and how to trust someone, when you've been hurt.

I loved this book so much, from Cath's obsession with Simon Snow to her blindness of Levi's feelings and even her tough, but caring roommate. Cath learns there are both good people and bad people in the world and she learns you cannot remain numb and expect to enjoy life. Levi is maybe the sweetest male love interest ever and we all need a Levi. Meeting your college sweetheart is an awesome experience and I have been happily married to mine for 6 years now. I think Rowell definitely presents that well.  This is a definite read for those who have been through their first year of college and I would love to know if others think her descriptions are dead on. Cath's experiences with Reagan, Levi, and even her English teacher reminded me so much of freshmen year that I became nostalgic.

Favorite Character: Levi. He is probably my favorite male love interest ever! He is so sweet and loving, but also a bit clueless. I also love that he loves when Cath reads to him, best scenes ever!

Favorite Quotes: "'You give away nice like it doesn't cost you anything.'" Levi lauged. 'It doesn't cost me anything. It's not like smiling at strangers exhausts my overall supply.'"

"'In the right light, you are such a nerd.'"

"'Happily ever after, or even just together ever after is not cheesy,' Wren said. 'It's the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.'"

What an awesome start to the new year! This will definitely be in my top books of the year and it is going to be hard to top! I have already purchased Attachments, because I can't wait to start another of Rowell's books. Definitely 5 cups of cocoa!!

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