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Fangirl av Rainbow Rowell
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Fangirl (utgåvan 2013)

av Rainbow Rowell (Författare)

Serier: Fangirl (1)

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5,6774271,397 (4.14)314
Tvillingarna Cath och Wren ska börja på college. Tidigare har de gjort allt tillsammans men nu vill Wren plötsligt utforska collegelivet på egen hand. Det innebär att Cath måste dela rum med en total främling och dessutom gå själv till kafeterian. Frågan är om hon är redo för sitt nya liv. Tur att hon alltid kan lita på Simon Snow. [Barnbokskatalogen]… (mer)
Medlem:oxlabyrinthxo
Titel:Fangirl
Författare:Rainbow Rowell (Författare)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2013), Edition: First Edition, 448 pages
Samlingar:Farnsworth Private Library, Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:favorites, young-adult, own, chick-lit

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This book broke my heart and then fixed it again. ( )
  theEmmers | Nov 24, 2021 |
This book has all the coziness of going back to school in the fall, of drinking something warm when it’s cold outside, and all the excitement you felt while waiting for the new Harry Potter book to come out while trying to imagine what could happen next in the story. If you grew up with those books (author aside), Fangirl is a testament to the power of beloved stories and how much they mean to us as readers. To top it off, this book is also about first loves and all the butterflies that come with it.

I’m only sorry I didn’t read this sooner. 10 stars out of 5. ( )
  FiraHunter | Nov 14, 2021 |
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for such a long time. As a fandom lurker (someone who consumes fandom culture (-fic, -art, etc.) but does not contribute or engage (wow, it sounds really bad when I put it like that)), I’ve had side-along experiences with creators and consumers, so I feel very close to and protective of fandom…but kind of in the way an aunt is to a niece.

Anyway, it doesn’t hurt that Fangirl’s cover picture was drawn by one of my favorite webcomic artists (gingerhaze, a.k.a. Noelle Stevenson, author of [b:Nimona|19351043|Nimona|Noelle Stevenson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1412626919s/19351043.jpg|27411330]).

I did expect something realistic, and I was looking forward to awkward freshman orientations, more weird and wonderful professors, more of those quirky students you recognize on campus even if you never know them (Panda Girl, Barefoot Boy, the semester-ly theater blobs, Dapper Dude, Dines with Ducks (okay, I made up that last one)). The book was about college but it felt like it was written by someone who’d never been, or who hadn’t in a long time. Or maybe—probably—I’m assuming my college experience was much more universal than it was.

I was not expecting the book to be quite so heavy. Cath and her twin sister Wren don’t just find different circles, they stop speaking to each other. Their dad isn’t just kind of lost without his daughters, his mental health issues build to a crashing first-act crescendo. Wren isn’t just rebellious, she lands herself in the hospital. But the thing that made me feel a little disappointed was that Cath isn’t your typical awkward teenager—she’s right on the border of having serious mental health issues herself (something that she does, at least acknowledge).

I was probably, unfairly, hoping that Cath would be a bit more like me: sometimes painfully shy and awkward, but not pathologically so. Her resistance to any kind of social interaction, even in passing with her classmates, was very hard for me to understand…though there must have been some readers very happy to see their feelings portrayed. At the same time, I actually felt a little betrayed by how mental illness was portrayed: everyone seemed to talk about therapy as if it was shameful, and medication was something that had to be avoided in order to be creative. Mental health and wellness is so openly discussed and encouraged in fandom. It felt odd that a family that had actually spent time in therapy would still think it was worthless. For a far better portrayal, see the excellent [b:The Rest of Us Just Live Here|22910900|The Rest of Us Just Live Here|Patrick Ness|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1429800081s/22910900.jpg|42475450].

At the same time, I kind of resented how quickly Cath picked up boyfriend material. Okay, so this was partly because I was also disappointed with how central the romance got. I guess I hoped that a book so saturated with fandom would buck a few more trends and tropes than it did. Maybe I was expecting the kind of epic, gorgeously detailed fic that really only fits online, not on paper.

I’ve done it again, getting to the complaints before the good parts—the exact opposite of all my training as an English major and a writing tutor. Alas, how the mighty have fallen.

I loved Rowell’s writing style. Subtle humor kept me going when Cath’s resistance to interaction was keeping me down. The descriptions of the writing and creative process were spot-on, at least in my experience (I would have loved to know what some of Cath’s assignments were). Setting details felt a bit sparse, though, and I had trouble imagining everything except the doom room, library, and bedrooms. It felt a little bit as though those were the only worlds, and everything in between was grey space, exposition to shuttle us from one cozy cave to the next. Maybe that’s a reflection of how Cath views the world: quick walks through unknown, uncertain territory to reach spaces where she feels more comfortable, even safe.

I liked that the professor was not a hard-liner about everything, but instead encouraging of her students the way so many of my professors were—I feel like most authors would have made her a tough, unpleasant professor and a semester-long antagonist instead of a teaching dedicated to promoting her students’ development. Cath’s inexplicable relationship with Reagan was a delight. I think characters should only be allowed one inexplicable relationship per book (not three) and I liked Reagan’s best because the quick, relatively stable relationship is so rare for girl friendships, even though it’s done for boy friendships and all the time for romances. I loved how Regan and Cath could be so openly critical and judgmental about each other while knowing that neither actually disliked the other for the things the criticized and judged. Again, it would be so easy to make the roommate the cliché villain, or to break them up over boys—but while Reagan does act as a foil to Cath, she’s also

And the end? Satisfying, if a bit predictable. Actually, scratch that, it was satisfyingly predictable, the kind of ending you want after you’ve been through way more turbulence than you were expecting (as I was). Not everything was perfectly happily ever after, which made the two pretty unlikely conclusions acceptable.

Finally, I was so tickled by the excerpts from Simon Snow books and fanfics between the chapters. As I got deeper into Fangirl, I started feeling like the story was familiar, and not just in the “we need a stand-in for Harry Potter” kind of way. Finally it clicked: shortly after I’d joined Macmillan, we published [b:Carry On|32768522|Carry On (Simon Snow, #1)|Rainbow Rowell|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1481729252s/32768522.jpg|43346673]! Rowell actually wrote and published the fic described in Fangirl! How cool is that? I can’t say I was interested before, but now it’ll have to go on my reading list.

I liked this book a lot for its writing style and characterization, and will probably look forward to reading [b:Eleanor & Park|15745753|Eleanor & Park|Rainbow Rowell|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1341952742s/15745753.jpg|17225055], but I’m going to go with four stars for Fangirl: I wanted less romance, more college life and fandom interaction, and a less negative view of mental health care.


Quote Roundup

I actually kind of like that there aren’t a ton here: just enough to show that the book had me thinking, but not so much that I just throw up my hands because there are too many to mention.

43) “I feel sorry for you, and I’m going to be your friend.”
“I don’t want to be your friend,” Cath said as sternly as she could. “I like that we’re not friends.”
“Me, too,” Reagan said. “I’m sorry you ruined it by being so pathetic.”
The start of a beautiful friendship. Somehow, despite what the words say, I knew this one wasn’t going to crash and burn.

80) “How can the fact that your identical twin sister is super hot be offensive to you?”
“Because it makes me feel like the Ugly One.”
“You’re not the Ugly One. You’re just the Clark Kent.”
Smooth save, there. Especially since Clark Kent wasn’t exactly unbearable to look at, himself.

181) “I’m gonna take a shower. And when I come back, I’ll be over this.”

“And when she came back, she was.”
Perfect subversion of the girl-against-girl-because-of-a-guy trope. I also like that this scene was realistically complicated: Deep feelings don’t just disappear, but it is possible to be both an emotional human being and a rational adult at the same time.

224) The betrayal:
“I can’t think when I’m on [medication]… They slow your brain down… They iron out all the wrinkles . . . Maybe all the bad stuff happens in the wrinkles, but all the good stuff does, too . . . They break your brain like a horse, so it takes all your orders. I need a brain that can break away, you know? I need to think. If I can’t think, who am I?”
In my experience and the experiences of those I’ve read about online (most of them via Tumblr posts from fans I follow), therapy/counseling and/or medication make it easier to think, not harder. You can look at the letters and diaries of great artists in our past: almost without fail, their most productive periods have been their happiest and most stable, and while they were least productive while most severely depressed. Not everyone thinks the same, and I don’t expect them to—but in a young adult book with such strong themes about mental health, it would be nice to have one character stand up and defend the quality of a mentally healthy life.

And once more, in chorus:

357) “Maybe she should talk to a counselor or something”
Her dad made a face like Cath had thrown something wet at him. “God, Cath, how would you feel if somebody forced you to talk to a counselor?”
Somebody has, she thought. “I’d hate it,” she said.

384) “It’s like you got your lost arm back or something,” Levi said. “Like you’re a happy starfish.”
I just love this sweet description!


My views and opinions are mine alone and do not represent those of my company. ( )
  books-n-pickles | Oct 29, 2021 |
A great book even a second time around. ( )
  Powerfuldragon | Oct 21, 2021 |
I wish this book was so much longer... ( )
  KaffinatedWitch | Oct 15, 2021 |
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