Genre: Contemporary / Romance
Page Count: 459 pages
Publication Date: September 2013
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.
Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible.
Why couldn’t I have read this book when it first came out? September 2013, when I was starting Uni/College?
Even though I’ve already graduated (Thank you, thank you very much. You can stop clapping now…) I could still relate to Cath soooo much! I remember like it was yesterday, walking into the cafeteria for the first time and not really knowing where to stand or where to sit… Meeting my flatmates for the first time wasn’t easy either. Oh, this book took me back about 4 years.
I loved the fact that Cath, our main character, wasn’t the stereotypical student who goes out to drink every other night and skips most of her classes because of a blinding hangover. Cath is actually socially awkward and shy, which is refreshing in YA. She was so relatable and realistic! PLUS, she was obsessed with fanfiction! Aaaahhh! I really enjoyed all the “alternative Harry Potter” moments.
Now, I know this will be a bit controversial (please don’t kill me!) but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the whole Baz and Simon excerpt at the end of every chapter. It sort of broke the rhythm of the story, every single time. So, I’m not running to the book shop to get a copy of Carry On just yet.
On the other hand, how cute was Levi? Oh my goodness gracious me! Can we just stop for a moment to appreciate this epic character? I… No… I just can’t deal with that level of cuteness. Levi was brilliant (It’s so hard to talk about his amazing-ness without giving anything away. So I guess you’ll just have to read Fangirl if you want to get to know him better).
Overall, Fangirl is a cute romance that takes place in college, involving nerdy fangirling (hence the name of the book) but with a lack of character development. A fun summer read though.