You can watch the video below for my thoughts on Fangirl specifically, but I wouldn’t be doing my review justice if I didn’t bring up the fact that this novel centers around writing and fandom. Now, there are plenty of other themes that take center stage, or even pop up in the periphery, but to see a mainstream book discuss what it means to be part of a community that stems from a shared interest, especially in pop culture, warms my heart. Maybe because it’s because I can relate so well to Cath, or maybe it’s just the way Rowell sucks you into the characters and their quirks, their struggles. Regardless, the whole story just comes alive in Rowell’s hands.
It’s funny, most people tend to pick a favorite out of Rowell’s novels based on which characters they most identify with. At some point or another, I’ve identified with most of her protagonists, recalling moments in my life that just clicked. Fangirl is in the top two Rowell books for me, though I’m curious to see how attached I get to Landline.
Join us in September as we read Gail Carriger’s Etiquette & Espionage!