Cath is your average college freshman. That is, if your average college freshman spends nearly all her time in her shoebox of a dorm room, eating protein bars because she still hasn't figured out where the dining hall is, and writing fan-fiction about a vampire and a boy wizard. No, not that boy wizard. This story isn't about Harry Potter. It's a story about Cath, an eighteen-year-old trying to figure out college while maintaining her online identity as a Simon Snow fangirl. I liked this book so much because I related to the main character. I was Cath in college: introverted, an English major, and obsessed with fandoms, particularly Star Wars and Avatar: the Last Airbender. I "shipped" characters like Cath does, I kept a blog, and I even attempted writing some fan-fiction. But more than that, I went through similar experiences in college. I was the girl who was nervous about basically all aspects of college, including meeting friends and boys. What's refreshing about Fangirl is that it moves away from the typical college novel in that the main character figures out her problems rather quickly and hooks up with the reformed bad-boy. Fangirl doesn't do that. One, Cath's love interest is a good-guy, and two, she works through her problems over a lengthy period of time. She doesn't figure things out overnight, and that's okay. It's realistic. I also liked that Cath didn't have to completely change who she was for people to like her. Her love interest, Levi, is about as opposite of Cath as you can get. He's funny, outgoing, always has a smile on his face, and yet, Levi falls for the quiet, introverted girl. It gives hope to the girls who don't necessarily want to go out every night, but it also doesn't bash the girls who do. Cath's roommate, Reagan, was hardly in the dorm room the first couple weeks of school. She was my exact opposite in almost every way and managed to become one of my favorite characters. I can't recommend this book enough. If you like feel-good, coming of age stories, then this book is for you.
Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father. By the author of Eleanor & Park.