Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
This week my Musing Monday is about the book I’m currently reading:
I started reading “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell this weekend. I have to admit that I was nervous about starting it. I simply adored Rowell’s last Young Adult book, “Eleanor & Park”, and I still find myself thinking about those characters a month after reading it. I wanted so badly to like “Fangirl” just as much. I was also a bit anxious because I recently started her debut adult novel—“Attachments”—but just couldn’t get into it.
So I started reading “Fangirl” apprehensively—and about 12 pages in I was hooked. Rainbow Rowell can write. The dialogue here is GOLDEN. The character’s voices in this book—and in her previous novel—are so authentic that I can almost hear them in my head.
What’s even more remarkable to me is that I’m definitely not the target audience for this book. It’s written as a Young Adult novel about an introverted college freshman who is obsessed with a series of bestselling books (that are clearly modeled after the Harry Potter series) and who writes wildly successful online fanfiction featuring these characters–while also dealing with issues regarding family, dating, and getting used to college life.
I’m many decades past being considered a Young Adult, I only read the first Harry Potter book, and I only had the vaguest idea of what fanfiction even was before I started this book. Yet, I’m invested in these characters and I’m loving this book almost as much as I loved “Eleanor & Park”—which is saying a lot, as I consider that book to be one of the best that I read this year.
I’m about ¾ of the way through “Fangirl” and I can’t wait to find out how Rowell is going to wrap all of this up. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be sorry when it ends.
What about you? Have you read any of Rainbow Rowell’s books? What was the last book that you read that you simply loved? Please share!