Oh Amazon…we sometimes disagree on books but you and I are on the same page here…Fangirl is definitely the best of the month and possibly the year (…and NOT just because it was released on my birthday, that is just a happy coincidence.)
I was cautious starting this book for a couple of reasons. First I didn’t think I could love anything more than last year’s Eleanor & Park by Rainbow (and I am not sure if Fangirl has surpassed E&P but it is hovering at a close second.) My second reason for the hesitation is that I am not typically a “fangirl”…I am not a gamer, comic book reader, or any other things you think of when you think fandom…I didn’t think I would be able to relate. But Rainbow has a way of writing that just draws the reader into the story and makes you fall in love with her characters. (I am really sad there was no Levi when I was in college…*sigh*)
This is just a phenomenal read…and if you haven’t read Eleanor & Park yet do that too.
As a post script…I tweeted about my love for this book…she tweeted thank you…I had a moment…
Best Books of the Month: Teen & Young Adult, September 2013: At first glance Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl has a lot in common with Eleanor & Park: idiosyncratic girl with troubled family meets good, normal boy and falls in love for the first time. But this is why Rowell is so talented--from the same basic ingredients she can create something new and special. In Fangirl, quirky introvert, Cath, is safe within the immensely popular Simon Snow (think Harry Potter) fan-fiction blog she writes with her twin sister, but college turns her life upside down, leaving her feeling like an awkward outsider. When she writes, Cath knows exactly what her characters should say to each other, but when it comes to forging real-life friendships, much less a romance, she hasn’t a clue. An immensely satisfying coming-of-age novel, Fangirl deftly captures the experience of discovering your true voice and clumsy, vulnerable, remarkable, first love. --Seira Wilson