Book 14: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
I really enjoyed Eleanor and Park, and was eager for Fangirl. In truth, I liked Fangirl, but felt it lacked...something. It sure wasn't the writing—Rainbow is a wordsmith through and through—and I liked the characters well enough...but I just didn't connect with the story as much as I'd hoped.
And part of that COULD be because I don't truly understand fan fiction. I haven't written any, and I haven't read any. In Fangirl, I found myself wanting to skip through the fan fic readings and excerpts at the start of each chapter. I didn't, afraid that would mean I'd miss something vital to the story.
The romance was believable and fun, and Cath felt authentic. I enjoyed watching Cath and Levi's relationship bloom. And I LOVED that they connected via fan fiction — I just don't totally get it.
That said, I will read anything Rainbow Rowell writes. She's truly an incredible writer.