The title sums up my general thoughts about my second Rainbow Rowell read. (Alliterations, ya!) Compared with Eleanor and Park, Fangirl does not impress.
While I don’t consider the two nights I slept late trying to finish this a complete waste of time (like I did with The Fault in Our Stars), I am not entirely happy about it.
I told the husband yesterday morning that I found it unsatisfactory that the story ended the way it did. (I’m trying to avoid giving out spoilers, in case you’re a late bloomer like I am and haven’t gotten around to devouring this yet.) And he said that he likes books that don’t end on a high note, like this one. But I figured it didn’t end in a way I expected it to because the story’s transitions are really slow. It felt like the conflicts are a bit subtle and are cramped near the end of the story which makes the resolution in the end rather disappointing.
But it isn’t a stack of non-sense. One thing I appreciate about Rainbow Rowell books is the slight injection of social awareness in them. I particularly liked this line:
These two girls have parents. They have a father. And he should never have to worry that they’re going to end up in a bar, debasing themselves for some pervert who still jerks off to Girls Gone Wild videos. That’s not something a father should ever have to think about.
And that’s perhaps why I like Levi’s character. Now, I don’t have any aversion to Cath’s desire to always be alone and spend most of her time writing fanfiction but it did kind of seem a bit pathetic how she doesn’t understand why her twin sister wants to establish an identity apart from being a twin. But as usual, Rowell reveals that her protagonists’ weirdness is brought about by a rather complicated childhood.
Another point I liked about the book is the one about the twin’s father’s mental condition. Mental health awareness is something I am rather invested in and I appreciated that Fangirl tackles mental health albeit rather slightly.
And the positive points of the book, for me, end there. The insertions of Cath’s fanfiction works as she narrates them to Levi would have been omitted or not used as much. It dragged the already slow pace of the story to a lull. So, no I’m not a big fan of Fangirl. Pick it up when you have nothing else on your reading list and would not mind a slow read on a slow day.