Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published September 10th 2013 by Pan Macmillan Australia
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren has decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life. Without Wren, Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilised 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 alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realising that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible.
I’m a pretty visual person. But somehow, despite Fangirl being on many people’s most favourite for the year lists, I hadn’t heard much about it and it wasn’t really on my radar. That was, until I saw THIS fan-made video. And OHMYGOSH… I was sold. I NEEDED to know more about these characters and the story. So the next chance I got, I bought it and was reading it as soon as I got home.
And I’m so happy that I watched the clip, because I LOVED this book… to infinity and beyond. It’s absolutely, most definitely a favourite. I had to force myself to put it down (because, you know, there was this thing called life going on). It kept me up past my bedtime a few nights in a row. It brought ALL of the feels. And it without a doubt gave me a book hangover, which lasted days after I had finished it.