Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite YA contemporary books of all time. Rainbow Rowell perfectly captured how it feels to go to university as an introverted person – the feeling of being thrown into a massive fish bowl as a very small fish. When I found out it was being adapted into a manga, I was curious and a little concerned. I wasn’t sure what about the story could be enhanced by this new medium.
Cath doesn’t need friends IRL. She has her twin sister, Wren, and she’s a popular fanfic writer in the Simon Snow community with thousands of fans online. But now that she’s in college, Cath is completely outside of her comfort zone. There are suddenly all these new people in her life. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming boyfriend, a writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome new writing partner…
And she’s barely heard from Wren all semester!
Everyone has gone through an awkward phase in their life, whether it was in middle school, or if it never really seems to end. Most books that tackle the classic awkward period in youth either glorify it or over exaggerate it. When I found out this book centers around a girl who is obsessed (and I really do mean obsessed) with a fictional character, I was a little hesitant to pick this book up. I was afraid of how the book might handle this character (mostly that she wouldn’t be taken seriously and be treated like a caricature of a cosplayer at Comic Con). Taking a chance on this book is one of the best literary decisions I’ve made in a while – Fangirl has become one of my perennial favorites. I seem to keep coming back to this book every time I’m in a reading slump or I just want a book that feels like a tea and a warm blanket on a cold day.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump.