Book Review by Aarene Storms: Fangirl

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Audiobook read by Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caufield

Cath assumed that Wren would always be by her side, no matter what. After all, the girls are identical twins, and have shared every aspect of their lives together, always. But when they leave home for their first year of college, Wren wants to try living her life as an individual, leaving Cath feeling abandoned and alone.

The only time Cath doesn't feel pathetic is when she's writing fanfiction. She takes characters from her favorite book series and writes her own stories about them -- and Cath's version, in which the two main guy characters are in love, has thousands of fans of its own!

But Cath is so busy writing fanfiction that she is overlooking some awesome real people. Like her dad, who loves her. And like that cute boy who asks her to read out loud, maybe....

For readers who would sometimes rather stay inside a fictional world. Isn't that all of us, sometimes?

The audiobook is completely engrossing, with Rebecca Lowman reading Cath's world and Maxwell Caufield reading exerpts from books and stories about Simon Snow.

Some cussing, allusions to sex and sexual situations, and a fantasy-world-within-the-real-world. Highly recommended for ages 14 to adult.

cussing, drinking, fighting, friendship, gay friends, grieving, guys, highly recommended, kissing, magic, off-page intimacy, parents, sexual decisionmaking, smoking, star trek sex, vampires

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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