Wasn’t writing a kind of soaring, an achievable form of flight, of fancy, of the imagination?
Ian McEwan; Atonement (via wordpainting)
I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
Book Review: Five Times I Loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (and One Time I Didn’t)

Five Times I Loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (and One Time I Didn’t)


Rainbow Rowell’s writing warms me from the inside out, from soul to skin, from entrails to finger tips. Her words flow easily and naturally, often making me laugh, and always making me feel something. 


The characters, as always in Rainbow’s work (we’re just going to be a on a first name basis now, Rainbow and I), feel so real. Sometimes this means they frustrate you, watching them make mistakes and bad decisions that you’ve made yourself. But the flipside of this frustration is pride and true happiness for the moments when things fall into place. The same applies for the relationships between the characters, particularly the ever-changing bond between twin sisters Cath and Wren and their relationship to their parents. The shifts in family dynamics after you’ve left home are strange and often difficult to navigate, and Rainbow captures that perfectly. 


As someone who also deals with social anxiety, I appreciated the way Cath’s issues were presented and dealt with. I found myself nodding at things she would do throughout, recognizing her behavior and empathizing with her thought process. It’s tough to write a book that feels so sweet and warm while also tackling issues like anxiety, mental illness, substance abuse, absentee parents, and more. But somehow that’s what this book does, balancing its darker elements with moments that are uplifting and sweet, keeping the story from ever feeling too dark or too superficial. 


For some reason there seems to be a lack of books about college, and certainly a lack of books that realistically depict all the good and bad that comes with those four years. Fangirl does a wonderful job of showing the stress of the upped academic rigor while touching on campus life, roommates, dining halls, and everything in between. Having gone to a large state school myself, I found Rainbow’s college setting to be incredibly accurate. 


All the fandom and fanfiction components are perfect. This is the only book I think I’ve ever read that even acknowledged fandoms, and is definitely the only one in which it played a major part. As a full-time professional fangirl myself, it was so exciting to see the lingo, subculture, and enthusiasm of fandoms in a novel, and I loved how its characters were able to express the wonderful things being part of a fandom can bring you. After closing this book, I ran off to my AO3 account to read and post a few new fics after having been away for awhile. It was nice to be reminded of now nice it feels to explore fictional worlds along with a community of others who love something as much as you do. 


The only time I didn’t love this book was when I closed the back cover and realized I had no new Rainbow Rowell novel to read until 2014. Over the past year, Rainbow has become one of my new favorite authors, and I know I will continue rush out to the store on release date for all her future books. I guess you could call me a Rainbow Rowell Fangirl…and that would be more than okay with me. 

Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books.
Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
We are only what we know, and I wished to be so much more than I was, sorely.
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
Books can also provoke emotions. And emotions sometimes are even more troublesome than ideas. Emotions have led people to do all sorts of things they later regret-like, oh, throwing a book at someone else.
― Pseudonymous Bosch, The Name of This Book Is Secret (via twinofquotes)

Pushing Daisies


Pushing Daisies