Book review of Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell

To be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.

One of the best things about books is how sometime we come across characters and situations with which we can resonate with. And Rowell’s Fangirl is one novel with which every youngster can relate with.

With an assortment of quirky and adorable characters, Rowell spins this wonderful coming of age story. We have Cath, our adorably lovable protagonist, the ever smiling Levi and Cath’s eccentric dad who is the coolest and craziest (literally) dad ever.

Cath is the biggest nerd out there, she is secretly famous for writing fan fictions about her favorite book series Simon Snow (the whole novel feels like a kind of big indirect tribute to the whole Harry Potter fandom). Thousands of people follow her stories and interact with her online but she is awkward around real people. She would rather eat her energy bars in her room than go out in the dining hall and face strangers.

I don’t like new places. New situations. There’ll be all those people, and I won’t know where to sit- I don’t want to go.

Cath does not like to go to parties but when she is upset she keeps Emergency Kanye Party and dances all alone to Kanye West’s song. She is witty, humorous, caring and would much prefer to hide behind her books and live vicariously through her fan fiction stories than face the real world. The situations, the difficulties, the excitement, everything Cath faces is real, things which most of us must have faced in our college lives. In Cath you would actually be able to identify yourself and that is perhaps the best thing about her.

Levi proves himself to be one of the cutest fictional male characters ever.

He had the smilingest face she’d ever seen. He smiled all the way from his chin to his receding hairline. His forehead wrinkled up, his eyes twinkled. Even his ears got into action- they twitched, like a dog’s.

He escorts Cath from the library to her room even when he is not dating her, brings coffee for her, makes her read out her fan fiction stories, drives her places and eats her energy bars. With all his adorable and sweet little gestures he makes Cath and the readers fall in love with him.

The book’s story within a story format, with Cath’s fan fiction stories of Simon and Baz acting as the second story, cuts both ways. On the whole Simon and Baz’s stories feel quite interesting, but sometimes they come in between the main story and make you want to skip them. Also, the ending feels a little abrupt and makes you wish for a sequel.

It is a refreshing take on the life of a geek. It shows the world from the perspective of an introvert and nerdy character. It’s a story of embarking on a new journey, the struggles of freshman year, trying out new things, of meeting strangers and making new friends, realizing that, given a chance, strangers can also become friends and real life is not half so bad.