Crossing the first book on my TBR off the list; Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.
Here’s what you need to know about this book: it’s about Cath, a writer of fanfiction, who’s just started uni. Any type fan person + uni setting = you’ve got my attention!
The story makes me think of Felicity and Buffy season 4; two series I love unconditionally. The Felicity association is primarily because Reagan in the book, she basically is Felicity’s Megan. And such a lovely character, I want her as a room mate too.
Safe to say, unlike Landlines, this was a read I thoroughly enjoyed.
Another feature I do love are the pop culture references; the Beverly Hills 90201 reference especially, which naturally resulted in me picturing Cath’s love interest Levi as a blond Luke Perry for the remainder of the book.
“Honey, I’ve watched a lot of 90210. The parents weren’t even on the show once Brandon and Brenda went to college. This is your time – you’re supposed to be going to frat parties and getting back together with Dylan”
I just love the world Rowell has created in this novel, the characters, the setting. It’s a wonderful place to be.
I’ve got a couple of abers.
- The inclusion of the fictive fanfic the main character writes. And there was a lot of it. I do struggle with insertion of other types of fictional texts in novels, I usually don’t see the point and these unrelated stories within stories (feels like there should be a term for this that I should probably know, having studied contemporary literature and all, but I don’t. If anyone can enlighten me I’d be much obliged). Fortunately, you can just skip these parts. But it does feel a bit like a failure.
- The stereotypical gender roles are proper dodgy. I get that it probably reflects reality (even if I’ve never met such a creature in real life), and sure, each to her own, but it doesn’t mean I don’t cringe reading about it.
Minor things tho, would not hesitate to recommend this book!