Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Spoiler-Free)
Fangirl is one of the most popular contemporary YA books ever and the publishing industry still refuses to acknowledge that people want books set in college? 😩 Why must the world be so cruel.
It sounds like I'm joking, but seriously, why are the only college books indie smutty romances? I'm not even saying college books have to be YA, but I just wish they existed at all. I could count every one I've heard of on one hand. And, honestly, I think that's part of the reason so many people enjoy this book so much.
Yes, Cath is an extremely relatable character to many people, and yes this book is cute and funny, but it also wouldn't be that special if it weren't one of the only College Books™. This would have been a more average read, I'd be more upset about the problems I had with it, if I wasn't so taken by the excitement I felt reading about a main character in college. The parts that irked me were whisked away by that one simple fact.
I wish this wasn't the case--that this was an average read because there were just so many other college books that did it better. But there aren't because the industry isn't buying them and I will never understand why. I understand that the New Adult genre failed, but I'm begging someone to just take a chance on a college book, YA or adult, it doesn't matter to me. I just want more at all.