This week’s BotW was an easy choice. I fell head over heels for Fangirl. I devoured it, nearly didn’t get enough sleep because of it and was annoyed when it broke two of my handbag-books rules (hardback, and at the point I was thinking of taking it to work I only had 150 pages left) so I had to wait longer to get back to it and finish it. And we should just contemplate for a minute, why it has taken me so long to read this. Yup. The state of the pile. Exactly. Hence my new shelf-reading kick (mentioned in yesterday’s post) to try and get down the pile.
Fangirl tells the story of Cath’s first year at college. Her twin sister Wren seems to be rebelling against their previous closeness, and she’s struggling to find her own way and place on campus with out her support. Then there’s Cath’s career as a successful Simon Snow fan-fiction author – the release date for the last book in the series is looming, and Cath has to finish her alternative ending first. And then there’s her worries about their dad, loving and sparky – but fragile – and now at home on his own.
I loved this so much. It tapped into some of my own experiences when I was Cath’s age. I’m not a fan fic writer, but I was a child who spent hours in pretend worlds based on the books that I had read. I could spend hours out in the garden during the summer, pretending I was in a series that I loved. Then when I was finishing A-levels I fell in love with a West End show and got heavily into its online community. I totally identified with Cath as she tried to fit Simon in with her “real” life. And while I’m not anxious to the extent that Cath is, I am quite shy and I can remember the terror of starting university – and not knowing *anyone* – so I was with Cath as she baby-stepped her way into college life.
This isn’t the first of Rainbow Rowell’s books that I’ve read – I read Eleanor and Park a few years back and really liked it, but this is the next level. I could go right back and read it all over again. And I do now have Carry On (the story that Cath was writing) sitting on the pile – and I have Attachments on the shelf too, which I’ll be reading sooner rather than later.
I’m late to the party, but you should be able to get this *anywhere* that is selling books. Amazon have it in their 3 paperbacks for £10 and it’s only slightly cheaper in Kindle. Waterstones and Foyles have it too – and I suspect it’ll be in W H Smiths, maybe HMV and perhaps even some of the supermarkets still too. Go forth and read it.