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The New Fan of Fangirl

Yes! I have read the first book of 2016.

Actually, I have read the first half of the book in 2015, so I don’t really know if it counts. So I didn’t include in my challenge. But I have finished it in 2016, so it is officially my first book of the year.


The book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It was published in 2013 and I’ve been hearing about it a lot since then. It’s a new adult book, which basically means that the protagonist goes to college.

The plot is quite simple. Cath, an introvert dreamer, starts college with her twin sister, Wren. Wren is looking forward to the experience. However, Cath is quite nervous and just has one thing in mind: writing her fan fiction for Simon Snow. Simon Snow is Harry Potter in an alternate universe. Their plots of basically the same- magicians, magic, Voldemort-ilke nemesis, Dumbledore-like headmaster. Her fan fiction, Carry on, Simon, is quite famous among Simon Snow fans everywhere. You can think of it as a gay romance between Harry and Ron, if Ron was an evil vampire. She isn’t looking to make any friends, but her roommate, Reagan and her boyfriend, Levi, slowly get under her skin and change her life.

Though it looks like a classic girl-starts-college-meets-people-aand-falls-in-love book, it actually has some deeper themes. Lots of them, really. Fandom, a writer’s creative process, twins, manic depression, abandonment, independence, anxiety, learning disorders (because I think that’s what it is), friendship, being a freshman, and college life in general. It is realistic, as much as a cute fluffy book like this can be.

I quite liked the book. I loved the first half, and I stopped reading it for a while because I didn’t want it to finish. I picked it up later. I didn’t like the second half as much. I thought some things were not properly concluded. For example, how did Cath end ‘Carry On, Simon‘? I can’t help thinking she didn’t provide an answer to this question because she actually wrote a spin-off.

The characters were awesome. Cath, though annoying to others around her, was really fun to read about. You could basically see her growing throughout the book. I can say the exact same thing about Wren. Levi, of course, basically shines. I also adored Reagan. All the characters were perfectly constructed and came alive. It painted a good picture of college life in the States. At least I think so. I haven’t actually been to college in the States, but it sounded believable.

I gave this book 4 stars, because I think the second half wasn’t as good as the first. And because I’m really stingy with my stars. It also made me want to continue rereading Harry Potter. I think this really calls for a sequel, maybe with Wren as the protagonist. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll write a fan fiction about that. Or not.



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