I just finished reading FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell and it is giving me all of the feelings. I do read fiction but lately I haven’t been reading a ton because you know, “I am an adult and adults only read non fiction blah blah blah!”
Also, I have read some pretty awful fiction and I have comparatively high standards when it comes to fiction. You don’t need to give me Harry Potter feels but I do need to feel like I am in the book—just give me one relatable character and I will be a happy camper. Sadly, not all fiction has the ability to do that.
A few weeks ago I was wandering around a second hand book store here in Toronto (Shout out to BMV!) during my lunch break, cause you know that’s how we should all spend lunch time. And I started thinking about the good old times when I used to read and sometimes write fiction.
Little known fact about me, I started writing Buffy and Spike fan fic when I was 13. No, I am not going to share links.
Summer always does this to me—it makes me want to read fiction; I know summer hasn’t started officially but you get my point.
So there I was—basically in heaven—wondering whether I should dabble in fiction, when this book appeared in front of me, in all its hardcover glory.
1. I thought it was going to be a sappy teenage love story, which to be honest I kind of enjoy. Takes me back… way back.
2. Was I ready to commit to a 437 page long work of fiction? Will I have the time?
3. Will I be able to relate to the characters?
I am not going to write a plot summary on here but if you do want to find out what the book is about, please feel free to peruse Rainbow’s website!
But I will tell you this, the book chronicles twin sisters Cath and Wren’s first year at university.
Cath, our heroine, is a writer and prefers the company of fictional characters to IRL encounters. Whereas her identical twin Wren is the outgoing one. It involves boys, writing—lots of writing—coming to terms with who you are and learning to be comfortable in your own skin.
Honourable Mention: Levi—Cath’s boyfriend. OMFG Levi is only the most perfect boyfriend ever. Cath writes and he wants to hear everything. SO PERFECT! I CAN’T!
By the way, in case you are wondering, yes Cath Wren, Cath-Wren, CathWren… Catherine!
The first thing I did after I finished reading the book was to tweet about it because it was so freaking good! Honestly, I haven’t read something this good since Harry Potter and I really really hope—with all my heart—that Rainbow Rowell writes another book about Cath and Wren.
Who did I relate to more?
Sometimes I was Cath, sometimes I was Wren but mostly I was Cath.
In my first year at university though I was definitely Wren. Read the book and find out more about Wren and I guess find out more about me.
From page 1, I was hooked and read it in 3 days!
I felt like I was back in university again and could relate to everything. The fact that the book was about learning to be comfortable in your own skin made it all the more relatable.
I think that’s something a lot, if not all, of us struggle with even as adults. Easier said than done.
Has Rainbow written a universal coming of age story? Nope.
Did I love it? HELL YES!
Thank you for getting me hooked on to fiction again Rainbow! I can’t wait to read the rest of your books!
P.S: I am trying to read one book a week for June. Wish me luck! The first one I read was The Clasp by Sloan Crosley, had been trying to finish that one for a while! Next up is Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings.