Author: Rainbow Rowell (yes, Rainbow is her actual birth name)
Fangirl follows the life of Cather, an eighteen year old twin on her first year in college and her obsession with fictional book characters Simon and Baz. Cather thought college would be fine, she’d have her twin sister Wren with her, she’s enrolled in a creative writing course with her dream professor and she’s happily writing her Simon and Baz fan fiction. Of course, it does not all go as planned. When Cather’s sister decides they both need to spend time with new people, and after many happy years of sharing a bedroom, Cather is soon left feeling isolated and unhappy, delving deeper and deeper away from the real world and into that of the fictional characters. With Wren being distant, Cather feels like she’s lost a part of herself. However, with the help of some new friends Cather starts to find herself again, growing as a person and begins to realise that she can do things on her own.
This is a great book for those who are yet to start or who have just started college or university (I wish it had been around about six years ago!). It does a great job of highlighting and putting on paper your emotions and fears (even the ones you know are irrational) and many readers will find they can relate to many aspects in Cather’s life, and it will feel comfortable to know you’re not alone.
I found there were some parts where I was left still wanting to know what happened (perhaps there will be a sequel??). But overall an enjoyable read.