Title: Fangirl (2013)
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Read: 2nd – 4th February 2018 (original review)
Genre: young-adult; contemporary
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, everybody is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath it’s something more. Fandom is life. It’s what got her and her sister, Wren, through losing their mom. It’s what kept them close. And now that she’s starting college, introverted Cath isn’t sure what’s supposed to get her through. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?” (Synopsis from author’s website)
Title: Carry On (2015)
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Read: 20th-23rd November 2016
Genre: young-adult; fantasy; LGBT
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Carry On is an unconventional “spin-off” from Rainbow Rowell’s widely-popular YA Fangirl, a book which I loved and which probably gave me much too high expectations for this novel. Bold and brash in its Harry Potter similarities, Rowell tells a story of a Chosen One who doesn’t seem all that focused on defeating The Bad Guy and, rather, seems more concerned about the whereabouts of his obvious evil roommate, a vampire named Baz.
“Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up. Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world…”
Welcome one, welcome all, to ‘Emma Remembers Top 5 Wednesdays Exists And Decides To Join In’… again. We all know how this show goes… but, for those who are unaware, Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge which was created by the wonderful Lainey from gingereadslainey and is now overseen by the equally lovely Sam from Thoughts of Tomes. Basically, every Wednesday, participants devise their Top 5 books based on a given topic – because who doesn’t love a good list?
This Wednesday’s theme is Authors You Are Waiting On Another Book From. This means, specifically, the authors who have no set next project announced, or if they do then its release date is so tentative that nothing is really known about the book since they probably haven’t even written the manuscript yet! It’s only when I sat down to compose this list that I realised some of my choices, and handily there were five that sprung to mind – so, clearly, my subconcious is wanting these pretty hard. Without further ado, here we go…
5. Rainbow Rowell
Who doesn’t love a good Rainbow Rowell book? I loved Fangirl, she just got both fandom and what university/college is really like for someone who suffers from anxiety issues. I was really appreciative of this book and I really hope to read more from Rowell in the future – I’m sure I will. Until then, I still have Attachments and Eleanor and Park (the latter of which I’m told is emotional so I’ve been putting it off) to tide me over.