Saturday, March 15

Rainbow Rowell - Fangirl

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?


Actually this is a pretty enjoyable book. The problem is, I was waiting for more to come... maybe more emotions or a better closure. I guess I didn't really liked this because I'm not impressed by fan fiction I don't want to read about characters rewrote by someone who is not the original author. The original author who imagined a world, where she or he, made amazing characters out of nothing and made them feel like real people to us. I'm not saying that the fan fiction writers are not creative because some of them are really-really amazing writers. My problem is that they grab someone else's story and characters and then make new situations with them, still they never create a whole world.

The Storyline:

I loved the idea of a story, a real fangirl, I thought, maybe we will see her slowly getting out of her shell and becoming more confident in herself. First it started off amazing, but then everything slowed down and became this boring book, where I couldn't find a simple character I loved. 

The writing is awesome, Rainbow Rowell can tell a story beautifully so even if the book was slow and boring at some points, I never wanted to stop so I read it from the first word to the last. I will read her other book Eleanor and Park, too, because so many of you write good stuff about it, I guess it's worth a shot. What bothered me a little was that there were too many parts where nothing happened besides Cath reading to Levi. Sometimes it was cool but when the readings started to get longer and longer it did take away from the story. 

Cath is an introvert girl, who enjoys herself when she is alone at a room, doing her favorite thing in the world: writing fanfiction. Her twin sister, Wren is her opposite, she always had a lot of friends and boyfriends so you can say that she is the sociable one. The two girls were best friends their whole life, even after their mother left them and their father became unstable. Everything changes when Wren decides she doesn't want to be roommates with her sister because they have to make new friends cuz this is the main point of college, isn't it? 

Cath feels like crap about this, after the move in they starts to drift apart, Wren becomes a partying chick who doesn't have a place for Cath in her life anymore and most of all she seems like she is losing her interest in (gasp) fanfiction. Cath is trying real hard but even she can't avoid meeting with new people and some of them befriend her, for example her roommate, Reagan or Reagan's friend, Levi. 

She soon discovers what real love or friendship feels like, but with the good comes the bad too: betrayal, hurt and rejection. Will she be strong enough to survive the university or will she give up when things get complicated? 

The characters:

Cath: Sometimes I couldn't bear her. She whined about a lot of things, she was annoying and most of all a coward. She didn't even fight for her sister, she just let her go. I never met or even heard about a person like her, not in a good way. I know people who don't want friends, they are the kind who is totally comfortable with one or two really close ones, but these people are confident in themselves enough that they don't act pathetic. The other type is when people are too shy to make friends and then they can act like Cath, but clearly this wasn't the thing with her, because when someone tried to make eye contact with her or be kind to her she didn't even recognized them. 

Wren: I couldn't like her, not even after the hospital thing. We never get to know about why she changed for the good so fast... yeah her father asked something but as I see this wasn't the thing that changed her. By the way I never ever saw anyone change from one day to the next when they didn't even see they made a mistake. Wren didn't care about that she could have died... she said everyone is drinking (this is the lamest excuse ever), for goodness' sake she didn't even want to talk about this and then she was alright again. Magic!

Levi: We didn't really get to know him. Yeah I know he works in Starbucks, can't concentrate on reading (isn't this dyslexia what he described?) and most of all always smiling at everyone. Oh, yeah and we know what he was learning and a little about his family. After they got together I was waiting for the scene where Levi would take Cath home to meet with his parents, because they were mentioned quite a few times... 
(it never happened, so I was again disappointed). 

Reagan: I liked her a lot, she brought colors to the story and was a good friend even if she was mean.

Nick: He deserved what he got in the nearly end. This was the only thing Cath did right throughout the book.

The biggest problem with the book is we didn't get a closure. Will Cath and Levi manage to stay together? What will Levi's parents think about Cath? Will Cath's and Wren's father be okay? Will Cath meet with her mother? What happened between Wren and Courtney that caused the end of their friendship? Did Cath write the fanfiction before the last book came out? Did she kill Baz? We'll never get these answers.

The reading to Levi took a big part of the story, so if Rainbow Rowell wanted us to get to know the fanfiction story, and probably get interested in it then why didn't she gave us answers at the end?

The story idea: 5/5
The realization of the story: 2/5
The characters: 3/5
The cover: 4/5
All in all: 3/5

Recommend it to people who like fanfiction, if you don't I wouldn't recommend to you this book, as I said I hate it and I couldn't relate to Cath's mania for it, maybe if I liked it I would have enjoyed this more. 

Favorite Character: Reagan

Least Favourite Character: Wren, sometimes Cath

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