Fangirl, written by Rainbow Rowell, is one of those Young Adult books that not-so-young adults keep raving about. Proves that even if it’s a story about college love and teenage problems, it still strikes a nerve for those over the age of twenty.

Cath and Wren Avery are identical twins with less-than-identical personalities. When they both set off to college, Wren is intent in dating boys, becoming popular and hitting all of the campus parties, while Cath is content to stay in her room and write fanfiction based on the Simon Snow series (a homage to Harry Potter).

Though Cath is terrified of college, of talking to new people, and of leaving their father alone at home, eventually she finds a niche – she becomes friends with her eccentric roommate, Reagan; she developed a writing partnership with the cute boy in her class; and she even strikes up a bizarre sort of friendship with Levi, the first boy she met on campus. As the year goes on though, and Wren and Cath spend less time together, Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to leave the fictional world of Simon Snow and face the battles of writing, love and college.

I can definitely see why Fangirl is so popular – the storyline, the setting and the characters are all so lovable. Even though I am no long e teenager, in a way I could relate to Cath – making friends can be really hard, and partying multiple times a week (*ahem a month*) is exhausting – sometimes it’s nice to crawl into bed with a big book and no other problems. Not to mention, my teenage self can also see why Cath would help out a cute guy who clearly doesn’t have her best interests at heart (seriously – what type of guy leaves a girl to walk home alone in the middle of the night? A douche bag, that’s who), simply because he’s, well, cute.

Of course, the loveliest part of Fangirl is the relationship that grows with Levi and Cath – not only is it super sweet and just plain ‘awwww’-inducing, but it also delves a little bit deeper – Cath has trouble reaching and relying on people after her mum deserted her and Wren, and as a result, quite understandably has trouble trusting people. How this is explored in their relationship is not only sensitively done, but also refreshingly accurate.

Rainbow Rowell’s writing is fluid, quirky and, quite honestly, a few pages of Fangirl before bed quickly became a ‘oh damn, its 2am and I have work tomorrow’ situation – i.e. the very best feeling that you can get from a novel (in my opinion at least). And though at times the plot did start to lag, particularly towards the final quarter of the novel, Rowell’s accurate representation of teenagers shows that, unlike so many adults, she hasn’t forgotten about what it’s like to fall in love for the first time.

Fangirl is entertaining, witty and refreshing. Regardless of age, I would definitely recommend picking up this YA novel. Be warned though: make sure to pick it up when you have a free day or a late start – otherwise, you’ll either curse that you don’t have time to read it, or, the next day, you’ll curse that you haven’t gotten enough sleep.

Have you read Fangirl or anything by Rainbow Rowell? Are you a fan? Are you a fangirl? Let me know!

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