Review No.114 – Fangirl

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Macmillan, 2014

Originally published by St. Martin’s Press, 2013

As far as Cath is concerned, the whole point of having a twin is that you never have to face the world on your own. Her sister Wren, however, is determined to go in her own direction as they leave high school behind – a direction that includes drinking, dancing and a shiny new roommate to have adventures with. That leaves Cath to negotiate college alone. All the adventures she plans to have involve a keyboard. In Wren’s eyes, she’s an inexplicable hermit – but in the world of fanfiction, Cath is a star with a following in the thousands and a master work to complete.

I loved Fangirl. Rowell has a delightfully wry, matter-of-fact sense of humour that made me laugh out loud, and a believably flawed, utterly loveable protagonist in Cath. My only complaint is that the book ends too abruptly – in my copy it’s wrapped up with a brief author FAQ at the back, but I don’t know if all versions have that. This one also has several illustrations from Noelle Stevenson, author and artist of the webcomic Nimona, who could not have captured Fangirl more perfectly. Rainbow Rowell’s other works include Eleanor and Park and Attachments.

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