Sunday, January 26, 2014
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
It's a book that straddles the line between YA and NA (New Adult) literature. It's about growing up and (while not letting go of childish things altogether) about integrating them into a grownup life. That's interesting stuff. I also enjoyed all the local detail on Lincoln and Omaha, as I remember the area well.
In comparison to Rowell's Eleanor and Park, however, it pales. Cath, Wren, and their roommates and boyfriends make relatively less interesting characters. And the story itself is less compelling. It's a long book and subject to a widespread abandonment of subplots. To paraphrase Chekhov, if an estranged mother shows up in chapter one, you need to have a big confrontation with her by the last chapter. Instead, the family traumas (and many other subplots) are allowed to wither without any significant conclusion. And they could easily have been excised from the book, creating a shorter and smoother story.