Summer Reading Review #5-- Fangirl
Holy high school flashbacks, Batman.
Fangirl, another book by Rainbow Rowell, blew my mind. It focuses on a girl named Cather (Cath) who is a super popular fan fiction writer in the world of Simon Snow, who seems to be the equivalent of Harry Potter ten years ago. Cath and her twin sister, Wren, used to write fan fic together, but Wren has grown up to be a more social butterfly than her sister. This book deals with so many issues-- growing up, starting college, the anxiety of moving away from home, deadbeat parents, relationships, friendships, dining hall food... I could go on and on!
I love this story because, even though it's fiction, it's such an honest depiction of growing up, geekdom, and fan fiction. It reminded me so much of my own teenage years, and my friendship with my high school best friend. You all should read this one.
Also, Rainbow Rowell is rad. She responded to my tweets when I fangirled over this book and said I was going to recommend it to you all.
I noticed quite a few of my students reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell last year so I decided to give it a shot this summer.
Eleanor & Park is built around finding common grounds between people of different backgrounds. It actually reminded me a bit of the 1986 film, Sixteen Candles, but with more of a focus on music and comic books than socio-economic class. It definitely tells a sweet, honest, sometimes painfully truthful tale of teen romance without making the story built on first love and relationships.
I really enjoyed this book, and it ended up breaking my heart a little bit at some points.
Definitely give this one a try!
Without giving away too much, Where She Went by Gayle Forman is the follow up to If I Stay, the last book I talked about in my summer reading adventures.
After staying up late and reading If I Stay in one night, I downloaded Where She Went to my Kindle the next morning and finished it in a few hours.
The story picks up a few years after where its prequel left off. I don't want to spoil the ending of If I Stay, but just know that this book is told from the perspective of Adam. It further explores the story of Mia and Adam, adding new layers to their tale following Mia's accident, and exploring what it means to pursue your dreams when your dreams are inevitably changed forever.
I definitely recommend this story. It's a fairly easy read that stays true to the love you develop for the characters in the first book.
Kailynn is an educator, sometimes-writer, and activist. She teaches high school English in central New Jersey.