Critic’s Corner: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Helena Karas

Staff Writer

4 out of 5 stars

Fangirl is a book crafted by the wonderfully talented author, Rainbow Rowell. A woman, who instead of focusing a young adult novel around a superficial romance and droning dialogue, actually managed to epitomize the college experience. At least, that is, the college experience for a socially awkward book nerd who prefers her fantastical fanfiction world as opposed to the cold, lifeless, and baseless reality that swarms her on a daily basis. And, although this book takes place in a seemingly conventional setting, the witty banter and sardonic undertones that it contains will leave you a laugh-crying, stomach-cramping mess. It is, truly, a thoroughly enjoyable experience that is most-definitely relatable and will leave the average high schooler trembling before their Journey into College: an exciting, yet daunting thought.

Wren, our main character, is not your average gal. She is shy and social incompetent. Yet, all that awkwardness fades away when she is placed in front of a computer. A computer in which she writes and dreams and pines for a world with actual magic and substance. Yet, her escape from reality stems from sibling issues, her father’s ineptitude, and ultimately, a disconnect from society. All in all, this book is noteworthy for Wren’s human struggles: things that every person deals with on a small level, at least. It was definitely poignant—whatever that means.