You would think that after three, YES THREE, hours in line at the BEA for a signed copy of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell that I would rush home and read it. Or at least read it before it came out. Or after many people recommended it, you would think I would have read it sooner. What can I say? The blonde is fake but I’ve probably killed some brain cells coloring it so much and so sometimes I’m slow. DOH!
Most of what I read is, well, fluff. There is nothing wrong with it. I like a good escape. This, my friends, is not fluff. It’s been a while since I haven’t been able to put a book down. Even longer since I’ve stayed up all night, not so much because I had to finish it, there was that, but because it was so good and I can sleep later. The first 40 or so pages were cringe worthily. Not because the writing was bad but because the writing was so brutally honest about freshman year in college and just how awkward it can be for some people. Who knew I had PTSD from freshman year and Rowell just brought it out to the surface? Who knew that Rowell followed me around and totally understand that “like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and middy socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”
I think that I might have been turned off by the title of the book. I’m a total fangirl, no question, but I’ve never got into fan-fiction and so I didn’t think that a book about a freshman girl writing fan-fiction would be appealing to me. While this book is about a girl, Cather, who is a college freshman and writes fan-fiction, it also has nothing to do with fan-fiction, in a way. Rowell explores not only the awkwardness of not fitting in, “the sitting on a toilet, eating an almond-flaxseed bar” in the girl’s dormitory to avoid eating lunch in the dorms by yourself. But also what would cause a person to want to escape reality and to disappear.
It’s been a long time since a book has made me smile so much or cry. It’s been a long time since I’ve been hesitant to pick up another book right after I finish reading the last one because I know, just KNOW, it will not be as good as Fangirl and no matter what I will be disappointed. And it’s probably been an even longer time since right after finishing a book, I want to read it over again.
I don’t do spoilers, that is not my style but, BUT, I will say this, dear God who knew reading to a boy could be so sexy. Oh so sexy. lol
A free preview of the 1st 50 pages or so. Enjoy!