Fangirl; Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl seems to be the book that every teen and young adult can relate to on some level. Whether it’s because we are fully blown socially awkward or we like the occasional fan fiction indulgence, we can al relate to Cath’s story and struggles.

[The Plot]: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Once I had finally gotten around to picking up this book, I absolutely flew through it.  the story has a great tempo that keeps it flowing, through the ups and downs in the book.  It’s a hard read to put down and it’s also hard not to become fully engrossed in Rowell’s world.

Cath deals with many struggles throughout the book that many teenagers and young adults will relate to and understand.  Many of us, especially those in the bookish community and those of us that spend live a lot of our lives on the internet, will find the way Cath handles change and the thought of social interaction to be all too familiar.  The fear of meeting new people, and avoiding it at all costs, the eating in her rooms due to the fear of asking for directions, the ups and downs with her extrovert twin.  Cath is clearly an introvert in the most concentrated sense of the word, along side having social anxiety, and although her reality is the most extreme of the case, it’s something we can all relate to on one level or another.

Throughout the book I found myself in the same shoes as Cath when it came to Levi.  It did seem like he was flirting with her a lot throughout the book, but he was Reagan’s boyfriend so surely he was just being nice, right?  However, as their relationship develops, you find yourself thinking ‘does he/doesn’t he?’ right along with Cath.  She finds it completely ridiculous that someone like Levi could be interested in a girl like her and I feel that this is something most girls in their teens often find themselves feeling.  It’s the same with her relationship with Reagan really.  She just assumes that Reagan doesn’t like her, because she hasn’t gotten to know her but when she slowly opens up to Reagan they actually turn out to be pretty good friends.

Before reading this, I had heard of Rainbow Rowell in passing but not really thought to pick up any of her books.  However, Fangirl has set a pretty high bar for any further reads.  I really think so many young girls need to give this a read.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Girl Online; Zoe Sugg

girl onlineI have been a huge fan of Zoe Sugg, also known in the YouTube and blog world as Zoella, for quite some time.  So, naturally, I was thrilled when I found out that she was working on her very own novel.

[The plot]: Penny is your everyday awkward teenager, just blundering her way through school and doing her best not to embarrass herself on a daily basis.  But Penny is also keeping a secret, and online secret.  Penny blogs about her daily life, her crazy family and  uses the strength of her followers to understand the panic attacks that she’s been suffering with.  When her school life hits an all time embarrassing peak, and she can’t face the outside world, this is the perfect opportunity for her family to be asked to work in New York.  This well deserved break sees Penny learn more about herself and her supportive family, all the while falling in love the American dream Noah.  But can everything fall into place so perfectly so fast, without going wrong?

Zoe has created a story that is easy to read and understand, you can relate to the characters and I think this can purely be said due to it being written from her own experiences and troubles.  She has written what she knows, done so not to create a novel that boast or exaggerates what she has achieved and accomplished but to create an easy, breezy read that will capture the heart of her fans.  Which is exactly what she has achieved.

Penny is relatable to the everyday teenager and young adult.  Young girls in high school  all know the feeling of embarrassing moments, and the thought of never living them down.  We’ve all had those friends who maybe drift away as you grow up, and you struggle to be yourself around.  This book encapturs all of those moments, it takes you back to your school days when you fell over in front of an entire class or had an argument with your best friend and you thought you’d never speak again.   It it also makes you think about how silly it all seems now, and as life moves on we grow as people, make new friends, better choices and move on.  I  really hope it has the same effect on Zoe’s younger fans and readers,  who may be going through those ever so dramatic high school years.

The only criticism I have for this book would be that it is a less mature read than I was expecting. Before reading, I expected the book to be aimed at people of Zoe’s age, give or take a few years. However, Zoe does have a younger fan base so it is reasonable for her to have aimed this book at younger teenagers in the writing style. That being said, it can still be enjoyed as an easy, light read by many audiences.

I rate this book three out of five stars.

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