It is a story about love. It is a story about hardships. It is a story of stories in stories. And most of all, it’s not exactly a story I can describe myself.


Cather, the main character (who prefers being called Cath) is facing a problem.
Her sister, Wren, wants to go out on her own and leave Cather behind for her best friend, Courtney. And now, Cather has to room with a complete stranger. Now, most people wouldn’t worry about that. They do, but more like it’s a part of life. Unfortunately, Cather is different. She’s antisocial, and though she has an online fan club built up of millions of people, she’ll never talk to them in person as her alibi, Magicath.

Her only escape is writing her story, Carry On, Simon, a fan fiction, which is set in the passionate romance of Simon and Baz, which was based off the totally real series of Simon Snow. But it’s really hard to write with her roommate, Reagan, around. And it’s even harder when her roommate’s (supposed) boyfriend is also around… Because she can’t stop looking at him.

The story and plot of this book shows the flaws in how people take care of themselves, both mentally and physically.

It shows love can be found in unexpected ways, as it always is.
It shows that there was never any pressure, just the pressure of reaching your own goal.

Fangirls is a masterpiece filled with drama, creativity, outgoing gayness, and a pure love of books. It is a must-read for anyone over one, and it’s pretty good for dating advice. But it’s also good for knowing all the challenges you face when getting an English Major, or any major at all. Anyone aspiring to be a best-selling book author should know the hardships. The story depicts an author’s struggle to be able to write in the way they love. The writing classes and majors demand you to use much of your creative juices, and for Cath, who’s writing Carry On whilst struggling to raise her grade in college-level English, it’s torture. For people who aren’t exactly open to the idea of partnership, it’s hell.

But in my opinion, the part the reader will most likely enjoy the most is love. It seems Rainbow Rowell’s books always have some sort of love in it, whether it be parental or two strangers meeting for the first time. Her depiction of love is a love that has been perfected from the very tip, ready to tear out your tear-ducts and give you a box of tissues (Don’t worry, you’ll be crying out of joy). And it makes the reader want to know so bad what happens next.

When I read this book, it makes me want to reread it, over and over and over again.
It’s really hard to put this book in words.

Yours Truly,
Sophia Zhang.


(Cover by Sophia Zhang)