College is supposed to be a new time: a time to try new things, meet new people . Cath, however, wants things to stay the same: she wants to immerse herself in the world of the wildly popular Simon Snow fantasy series and work on her fan fiction with her twin sister, Wren. However, Wren can’t wait to start college and plunges in, leaving Cath alone in a room with a strange roommate and a great fear of living her own life. Will Cath be able to overcome her fears and find her own path?
This was a sweet story–Cath, despite her challenges, is an endearing character, who in her own way possesses a lot of moxie and grit. I liked how Rowell was able to weave the struggles of several characters–including Cath’s sister Wren–into an enjoyable narrative. She also incorporate elements of Simon Snow to provide some great humor and flavor to the overall story.
The strongest part of the book, for me, was Cath’s growth as a character. Rowell does a great job of focusing on Cath’s strengths, making her a character I wanted to cheer for. In time, Cath comes to realize her own strengths, and I was felt feeling very happy for her at the end of the book. Overall, Fangirl was a fun and sweet coming-of-age story, and if you like that kind of thing (especially if you like stories with boy magicians and magic schools), then this is a book for you.