A fangirl is a fanatic, an excitable breed of women with a deep passion for a fictional characters or actors. Cather and Wren Avery are identical twins and best friends; they are also fangirls, participating in the act of fanfiction. Fanfiction is a fan writing off on tangents or beyond the world created by the author. The Avery girl’s chosen series features the handsome and magical Simon Snow. With me so far? Rowell’s novel starts with the girls joining college, and for the first time, the twins start to lead separate lives.
As far as I am aware, Rainbow Rowell is not a twin, but she has captured perfectly the conflicts of being one of a pair. Cath doesn’t want things to change, Wren wants to spread her wings and become more independent. Cath must continue her massively internet famous fanfiction on her own, without her sister and ignoring all the distractions around her: education, boys, Dad and a brilliantly brash roommate.
Rowell’s talent is epic to be able to write three stories at once: Cath’s narrative, the original Simon Snow novels and the fanfiction. This novel unleashes the Harry Potter fangirl within me (the parallels aren’t exactly subtle). I read this book with a tiny rage that I would never be able to read a Simon Snow novel and throw myself into the world of Watford School of Magicks (told you it wasn’t subtle). Fangirl is a fun and fresh story for normal, slightly nerdy girls. It’s a novel about letting go of your childhood and growing up … well … maybe only a little bit.