I know it seems like lately all I’ve been doing is gushing about Rainbow Rowell, but trust me, she totally deserves it. After I read Eleanor and Park, I had to rush out and get her newest novel Fangirl pretty much immediately. The main character, Cath, is obsessed with the Simon Snow book series. For years she and her twin sister Wren have built a following online by writing fanfiction about Simon Snow and Baz, Simon’s enemy (or something more, in Cath’s mind). But now that they’ve gone off to college, Wren is ready to build her own identity separate from Cath, which means ditching all that fanfic stuff. So now Cath is on her own and dealing with the challenges of college life: having a surly roommate, figuring out where to eat in the cafeteria, getting attention from a couple of charming boys, all while balancing classwork with writing Carry On, Simon.
I love this book not just because it’s well written with lots of witty dialogue and an understanding of what going away to college is really like, but also because I’m a BIG fan of Harry Potter, who has clearly heavily influenced Simon Snow. Rainbow Rowell really gets the fandom thing right. If you’re part of the HP fandom, or any fandom really, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book.