I am a fan of Fangirl, no doubt. Rainbow Rowell’s novel is fun and frothy, then smacks you upside the head with emotions. Here are my top three reasons for loving the novel, with quotes to back it up.
1. The dialogue is the smart, snappy stuff of dreams.
2. The humor is the cover-your-mouth-to-hide-your-smirk kind.
3. Cath is a freakin’ endearing romantic.
Bonus: Have you seen the book trailer?
I’m glad I gave into the hype and read the adorable Fangirl. I went on to read Eleanor & Park, Rowell’s previous YA novel with a main character and setting less relatable than Cath and college, but even more distinct. I’m not entirely certain which I like better, and that’s a wonderful dilemma to have.
The honor of being the first book I successfully completed in 2015 belongs to Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. As the sequel to The Madman’s Daughter, one of my favorite series’ openers, I was incredibly excited to read it after grabbing a copy at a Girls Gone Sci-Fi event.
Like its predecessor, Her Dark Curiosity is full of unexpected plot twists, scrambling emotions, and a few macabre scenes that made my body squirm with sympathy pains.
Its protagonist, Juliet, is a fascinating mix of sheer survivalist, occasional twisted thinker, and person of many romantic notions.
Here are my three favorite quotes:
Emotions had never come easy to me, and they now threaded themselves in knots I couldn’t possibly unravel. “Killing is a choice.” (p 84)
Some people didn’t deserve to live, and if that made me a monster, so be it.” (p 331)
You’ve no idea how I admire a young woman who says what she truly thinks, even if more often than not it’s to express her poor opinion of me.” (p 333)
It’s pretty important to note that, within context, the quotes above are far from straightforward statements.