Unleash the Whimsy of Your Inner Geek With “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell, Author of “Eleanor and Park”
Hi, my name is J and…I’m a fangirl. An out and out fangirl who’s decorated shirts for midnight premieres, been to book signings, wrote a couple (dozen) sneaky fanfictions, and Netflix binged fandoms harder than a coke addict. So Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, a story of a girl attempting to find her identity post-fandom, really jived with me. I could relate to Cath, the silly inner monologues wondering how her favorite characters would react to the happenings of her life and the social anxiety at trying to explain the obsession to other people.
Now, Rowell employs a thinly veiled Harry Potter analog that I personally think was more hokey than endearing (then again, I wasn’t one of those who felt like my childhood was over after the last film aired), but she more than makes up for it with the dynamic cast of characters who are so much more than their little quirks.
Like Eleanor and Park, the romance in Fangirl is an updated “opposites attract” kind of vibe. It was a cute YA romance that also worked as a developed narrative. Those who felt a little bereft at the bittersweet end of Eleanor and Park will definitely appreciate Fangirl’s more upbeat and nostalgia-ridden tone.