Saturday, December 7, 2013

Teen review: More Rainbow Rowell!

There are a two types of teenage girls. In times of need, most girls turn to their cell phones or some new social network to spill their latest story that contains some "deepest, darkest secret" about someone. Then there are the ones who pour their lives into writing the most original and intriguing story yet, or they spend every waking minute reading. These girls can go for days without sleep, food, or anything that a person needs to live. To them, reading and/or writing is how they live, not needing any other amenity. These people are called fangirls.

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, is based on a young girl named Cath who is a high school graduate about to enter college and is a genuine fangirl. Her life revolves around writing fan fiction about her favorite book series, Simon Snow. She has the whole fandom (a group of people sharing a common interest in a book, movie, or television show) at her fingertips waiting for her version of the latest Snow story being released slowly chapter by chapter as she progresses throughout her freshman year of college. All Cath wants is to finish writing the fan fiction story before the true author publishes the eighth and final book in her series. Meanwhile, as she is attempting to write, the guy she believes to be her roommate's boyfriend, Levi, is falling for her awesome nerdiness and is completely confusing her in every way possible. Her twin sister, Wren, is going mad and getting into all kinds of trouble, taking advantage of the new freedoms college provides.

Fangirl undoubtedly demonstrated the real lives of some girls, including myself. I felt as if I was reading about my own life, like someone recorded every move I've made when I was around books. I happen to be one of the few who turn to literature when in the need of comfort, and books never fail to change my mood, because I am immersed in another created world. Cath can be thought of as a role model to those who are just like her: book nerds who aren't afraid to express it in their own way, whether it's through writing fan fiction to replace an ending of a book that did not reach your expectations or disappointed you somehow, or just reading to bury yourself in a fictional world where anything can happen. If you're an active reader, you can even recognize quite a few references to other books that you might have read as well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about someone who is just like me in a way. It gave me just another excuse to jump up and down and squeal over yet another book like I do every day, making me: a fangirl!

Reviewed by Amy Sepulveda

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