SRC Teen 2018 – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Let’s get one thing out of the way – I read this book after reading ‘Carry On‘. Fangirl follows the story of Cath, a shy fanfiction writing nerd as she starts college without her sister and best friend, Wren, by her side. Cath meets her roommate Reagan, and Reagan’s ‘boyfriend’ Levi, and starts maneuvering her way through college life.
With full honesty, this book was slightly underwhelming. With more honesty, I’ve never really enjoyed any of Rowell’s books apart from ‘Carry On‘. Her style just isn’t for me, and I sometimes find the plot… messy? But this was a quick, gentle read that I found relatable at points, and it’d be nice if you gave it a chance 🙂
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
‘If I stay’. I’m not even sure where to start with this review, honestly. There’s so much to say. Let’s start with a summary.
Mia Hall is a 17-year-old girl who is left to pick up the shattered pieces of her life after a car crash that killed the rest of her family, leaving her all alone on earth without her mom, dad, or little brother.
But she has a choice.
She finds herself outside of her body after the crash, floating around like some sort of ghost. Except she’s not a ghost, because she’s not dead.
If she wants to die, she can. If she wants to stay, she can. She has all the power.
Damn, this book really did hit me right in the feels. I started it right before I went to bed on a Tuesday night, and let’s just say I didn’t go to bed on Tuesday night. There was so much emotion in this book. It was moving and powerful, and I found some tears rolling down my cheeks as I read. It felt so overwhelming, yet so not overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t like some parts of the book, like the reason Mia made her decision to stay or go, and just some general things that annoyed me. But even if I didn’t like those parts, I still had emotions. And boy, my emotions were a complete mess while reading this book.
Give this book a chance, honestly. I promise it’ll tug at some of your heartstrings and possibly cause an existential crisis 🙂
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
In honor of pride month, I decided to read a book that was LGBTQ++ themed. I picked ‘Carry On’ after hearing about it from some friends who had read it, and they told me it was sort of like Harry Potter, but if Harry and Draco had gotten together.
They were totally right.
Carry On follows the story of Simon Snow, or the ‘worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen’. Simon is a loveable character who I found myself relating to throughout the entire story, a somewhat socially awkward teenager trying to make his way through school. He’s at his final year of school with his best friend Penelope, and his girlfriend Agatha, and he’s been excitingly anticipating school ever since he was left out for the summer.
Oh wait, did I forget to say that he’s a wizard and there’s an evil monster running around that looks exactly like him, destroying the magical universe? Not to mention his vampire (well, Simon thinks he’s a vampire) roommate Baz, who hasn’t shown up for school for the past couple of weeks, so there’s that.Read More