OK, it’s been almost six months since I’ve written a blog post and it’s finally time for me to get back in the game! There are so many books I want to read and write about I can’t even count them. I’ve decided to start with this year’s Flume nominees, which are chosen by New Hampshire teens. Monsieur has read almost all of them and my goal is to read all of them before we vote for our favorites in April. So far I have read Winger by Andrew Smith and Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. I read Winger a year ago and I really liked it, but I never blogged about it, so all I remember now is that it’s about guys in boarding school. This is why I always have to write a blog post when I like a book. From now on I always will, even if it’s really short. I did read Out of the Easy and loved it; you can read my review here. I decided that the next contender I wanted to read was Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl because it looked like my kind of book: a contemporary novel with a touch of romance and a focus on writing. I ended up loving Fangirl in so many ways. I might vote for it to win the Flume award; I can’t imagine liking any of the other nominees more.
Fangirl is about Cath, who has always had an extremely close bond with her twin sister Wren. The girls’ mother left when they were young and their father raised them by himself. Cath and Wren have always shared a room; when the girls decide to go to the same college Cath just assumes that they’ll continue to be roommates. She’s shocked when Wren announces that she wants to room with someone else. Cath is devastated that Wren has decided that the beloved fan fiction the two of them have written for years is babyish and that she is too mature for it now that she is in college. Cath has never felt more alone after her father drops her off in her dorm room. To make matters worse, Cath’s terrified of her roommate, Reagan, and irritated by the fact that Reagan’s amiable, ultra-laid-back boyfriend Levi is always around. The only place Cath finds solace is in her fan fiction, which is based on a blockbuster Harry Potter-ish series. Cath’s fanfic has a huge online following, yet she subsists on granola bars for a week because she’s afraid to ask anyone where the dining hall is.
Reagan and Levi soon catch on to Cath’s diet and decide to make it their mission to drag her to the dining hall and beyond. Cath realizes that Reagan, who turns out not be nearly as scary as Cath thought, and Levi are no longer an item; Cath might just think he’s a little cute. Meanwhile, Cath is dealing with a suddenly odd relationship with her sister, a writing professor who doesn’t understand the merits of fanfic, and finishing the online story her thousands of fans are clamoring for. Cath has a crazy, amazing year and I absolutely loved following her every step of the way. I hope Rowell makes a series out of Cath’s adventures; I’d love to accompany her through every year of college!