I like reading and I like writing about the books I read. Best of all, I like to try to find books that other people might like to read. It's all about the reading and the writing and the sharing of books.
Fangirl deals with a lot of different issues, and intertwines the serious (mother leaving children, too much partying, and bi-polar issues), with the geeky and (dare I say?) frivolous (fan-fiction obsession, online communities and crazy book-series love) in a clever and detailed narrative.
Cather & Wren (get it?) are identical twins who have just moved into college dorm rooms. Wren is determined to strike out on her own and establish independence from Cath who narrates the story. Cath is less self-assured and doesn't cope well with change. Instead of asking her new room-mate, hostile and sharp Reagan where the dinning hall is, she lives on protein bars and peanut butter for the first 2 months.
I loved every bit of it. I loved the world of Simon Snow and its excerpts and Cath's own fan-fiction. I loved Levi and his clunky attempts to woo Cath, and the heavy bits about Wren and the way Cath refuses to accept Laura back into her life, and Simon and Bas, and Cath's fervent discussion with her professor about the value of fan--fiction. And just everything really.
My kind of book.