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A coming of age tale of fan fiction family and first love Cath is a Simon Snow fanOkay the whole world is a Simon Snow fanBut for Cath being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it She and her twin sister Wren ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids it’s what got them through their mother leaving Reading Rereading Hanging out in Simon Snow forums writing Simon Snow fan fiction dressing up like the characters for every movie premiereCath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom but Cath can’t let go She doesn’t want toNow that they’re going to college Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates Cath is on her own completely outside of her comfort zone She’s got a surly roommate with a charming always around boyfriend a fiction writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words And she can’t stop worrying about her dad who’s loving and fragile and has never really been aloneFor Cath the question is Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


10 thoughts on “Fangirl

  1. says:

    Actual rating 25 Levi said “It’s hard for me to get my head around It’s like hearing that Harry Potter is gay Ok why the fuck are you referencing Harry Potter after having based the entire book around a fictionalized version of Harry Potter known as Simon Snow? Why?If you wanted a true sense of fandom don't look for it here Don't get me wrong I liked this book but it is a coming of age book that was misrepresented as a book about fandom This would have been so much better if it had been merely sold as a coming of age without the fandom aspect but as a book that tries to sell fandom on me it doesn't remotely workI feel like this book represents online fandom in the way that The Big Bang Theory represents math geeks and engineers It caricaturizes and mocks fangirlsboys for the enjoyment of the reader and not much It does nothing to dispel the myths of the laughable socially inept fanboyfangirl and that's just a damned shameThe first 20% of the book focused lightly on the fandom and then the book kind of forgot about it with the exception of the Simon Snow excerpts which were absolutely fucking pointless to the story as a wholeThe summary brought in the tantalizing question Will Cath be able to leave Simon Snow behind? That's just it By that point in the book we had almost forgotten completely about Simon Snow and Cath's involvement within the fandom The story was enjoyable and I absolutely loved the dynamics of the relationships between the characters but that's it I felt like it wasn't an adequate representation of being a fangirlOf course if I'm going to complain about the representation of fangirls in the book I should show some street cred You name it I've probably squee'd over it Harry Potter Anime J pop K pop Computer games Tabletop games I have RPG ed I have MMO ed I have LARP ed From computer games like World of Warcraft which took over 6 hours of my day while enrolled in a full college courseload you don't know the meaning of fun until you've teamed up with 39 other people to take down a virtual monster while drunk to rolling dice while pretending that I was a 8 year old crazy vampire child wielding a doll I AIN'T EVEN SORRYAnime conventions Gaming conventions I've done them allI know what it's like to be a fangirl I am proud of it Even of moments like theseI was in Anime Club which is a rough club formed around people into gaminganimeAsian cultures Needless to say we had plenty of weabos and otakus and strange people in general There were a whole lot of socially awkward people there including me We were dorks yeah we weren't entirely comfortable in company outside our immediate circle but we knew how to adapt it's called looking around and doing what everyone else is doing not exactly fucking rocket science None of us gamersgeeksassorted idiots have ever been so socially incompetent as CathSocial Ineptitude “I can’t help it” Reagan said “You’re really pathetic”“I am not”“You are You don’t have any friends your sister dumped you you’re a freaky eaterAnd you’ve got some weird thing about Simon Snow” If you looked up neuroses under the Psychiatric DSM IV you would find Cath's picture in the title pageThis book does a disservice to fangirls in general by making Cath so incredibly painfully socially incompetent I would have liked this book better if it had remained a contemporary instead this book chooses to perpetuate the worst of beliefs about fangirls which is to say they're all fucking idiots who wouldn't know the word normal if it were summoned from a Patronus god help you my child if you don't get that referenceCath is drawn to be the person who wouldn't last 5 seconds alone in the wilderness let alone a college campus She is terrified of social interactions She stocks up on food so she wouldn't have to face the terrifying the monstrous the ever so menacingdining hall Cath broke open a box of protein bars She had four boxes and three giant jars of peanut butter shoved under her bed If she paced herself she might not have to face the dining hall until October Her life revolves around her twin Wren and the Simon Snow series Cath is not an appealing character Her hyper clumsiness aside she just has no fucking common sense In an upper level Fiction Writing class she tries to pass off fanfiction as her own work She then tries to submit it for a grade “Our professor asked us to write a scene with an untrustworthy narrator I wrote something about Simon and BazShe didn’t get it She thought it was plagiarism” Cath forced herself to use that word felt the tar wake up with a twist in her stomach Fucking brilliantCath is sort of a Mary Sue She goes off on a writing partner for writing a Mary Sue in his story but if you think about it Cath sort of is one herself She's so brilliant that she gets into an upper div writing class with a famous professor and we never really see what kind of talent she has besides writing fanfiction She is so good that an upperclassman wants to be her partner for it Cath does nothing exemplary and she's incredibly fucking weird and regardless a cute a funny a really awesome guy just wants herShe doesn't think of herself as beautiful but identical sister is referred to as hot HMMMMMMMMMWhat Fandom? From what we hear Cath spent all her time writing Simon Snow fanfiction and going to premieres and chatting with her twin about Simon Snowbut that was in high school No of thatIn fact if you wanted to hear and learn about fandom you'd be better off stopping at around 20% of the book Because that's pretty much where life interferes Except for a few brief moments of Cath reading and telling people about her fanfiction writing and about her love of fanfiction we almost never hear about the fangirl aspect of the book again This would have and in fact is a completely solid book on dealing with family and friends and growing up It's just NOT A BOOK ABOUT FANDOM BECAUSE THE FANDOM IS SOLIDLY RELEGATED TO THE BACKSEAT YOU COULD GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FANDOM ON WIKIPEDIAWhere are all the forum discussions?Where are all the interactions with fellow fans?Where's the Tumblr?Where's the talking to fellow friends online for hours and hours on end because you're both fangirling so much that words are spilling over and you are just so happy to find a fellow fan?Where is the daydreaming?Where is the magic?What little of the fandom that existed in this book was restricted to Cath Cath Cath The Great Cath Where is the fucking COMMUNITY?The greatest part about any fandom is the community We're all on Goodreads here we love the books but almost as importantly we love interacting with one another we love knowing that somewhere out there there are people who understand usThis book doesn't represent that at all It is solidly about Cath and her legions of fans her 20000 hits per fanfictionnet clone Her full of it based on that fact The fact that she herself has fans Cath tried not to let it all go to her head These characters belong to Gemma T Leslie she wrote at the beginning of every new chapter This book is about a girl who is full of herselfThe Writing It tries too hard to be quirky It works at times but some moments and some sentences just made me wince His eyes were set so deep it made everything he said intense YOU DON'T SAY His mouth was small but bowed Like a doll’s She wondered if he had trouble opening it wide enough to eat apples What the fuck? He was wearing a thick navy blue turtleneck sweater that made him look like he was serving on a Soviet battleship Seriously? She heard the very beginning of a smile in his voice—a fetal smile—and it very nearly killed her I'd understand fatal smile but fetal? Inside her internal organs were grinding themselves into nervous pulp Her intestines were gone Her kidneys were disintegrating Her stomach was wringing itself out yanking on her trachea BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARFThe Good I fucking loved the relationships between the characters in the book Wren and Cath Their father and the twins Reagan and Cath Levi and Cath The relationships were wonderfully beautifully written honest and realistic I love the love anger and resentment between Cath and Wren “Are you the older or younger twin?”She shrugged “It was a C section But Wren was bigger She was stealing my juice or something I had to stay in the hospital for three weeks after she went home”Cath didn’t tell him that sometimes she felt like Wren was still taking than her fair share of life like she was siphoning vitality off Cath—or like she was born with a bigger supply I adored their awesome manic father He is the sweetest cutest dad This may sound gross but I kind of have a dad crush on him “Cath? It’s your dad again It’s still late but I couldn’t wait to tell you this You know how you guys want a bathroom upstairs? Your room is right over the bathroom We could put in a trapdoor And a ladder It would be like a secret shortcut to the bathroom Isn’t this a great idea? Call me It’s your dad” Reagan and Cath's relationship was the most unexpected and the sweetest I love the rough around the edges Reagan I loved her strength I love her take no prisoners approach when it comes to pulling Cath out of her hermitage and I love Reagan's unexpected moments of vulnerability “No” Reagan said “we’ve got to get this out of the way You can’t be jealous And in return I won’t flex my best friend muscles just to remind myself that he loved me first”“Oh my God”—Cath clutched her comforter in disbelief—“would you actually do that?”“I might” Reagan said leaning forward her face as shocked as Cath’s “In a moment of weakness You’ve got to understand I’ve been his favorite girl practically my whole life Overall a solid book if you are willing to read it for what it actually is a contemporary coming of age This is not a book that accurately represents fandom