Saturday, May 30, 2015
View from page thirty: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA Contemporary
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
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.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cat's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.
Not that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks that 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.
Fo 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?
My view from page thirty:
The first thing that came to mind was that Simon Snow reminded me a lot of Harry Potter. The second was how much I could relate to Cath, even in under thirty pages. I already like her, care about her and understand her. The writing style is a bit unusual and different for me, but I doubt I'll even notice it after thirty or so more pages.
And I absolutely love that the last page of every chapter is an excerpt from the Simon Snow books, it's fun idea and a way for us to have the opportunity to love Simon Snow as much as Cath does.