Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

   Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

September 2013

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

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They may be identical twins, but Cath and Wren are having completely different experiences during their freshman year of college. Cath is the introverted, bookworm type; she is a popular author of fan fiction. Wren is the outgoing party girl. Each sister is discovering her own, individual identity outside of being seen as a unit, while figuring out how to hold on to her relationship with her family. It doesn’t sound like the most unique premise for a coming-of-age story, does it?

But this is Rainbow Rowell. Even that which could be deemed “predictable” feels fresh and interesting. I love her characters. I love how she keeps me up into the early hours of the morning to read “just a few more pages” (or chapters!). She did it with Eleanor & Park, and she did it again with Fangirl.

This is what you read when you just want to cuddle up with a good book. When you don’t want to have to think too hard about the story, but you don’t want mindlessness, either. Fangirl contains just enough of, and the best of, everything: drama, conflict, love, human interest. If this is an example of the “New Adult” genre, let’s have Fangirl set the standard for all others.

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