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“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can't carry on at all.”
Why do I always wait so long to read Rainbow Rowell's books?! (I think I just don't want them to be over too quickly but seriously I always regret waiting!) I loved everything about this and I think it's safe to say I have found a new favourite. <3
Let me start by saying that the Simon and Baz snippets in Fangirl (where we first meet the two main characters of this book) really weren't my favourite. They were the only thing I didn't like about an otherwise amazing book. Looking back, I think I was just more interested in Cath's story because it was her book and her story. I could relate a lot to Cath and so the Simon and Baz fanfic just felt like a bit of a distraction. It completely works as its own book though; I had so much fun reading it. I loved being completely thrown into this world and being able to follow and get to know the characters properly.
There's no denying that there are some similarities to Harry Potter but as someone who adores Harry Potter it really didn't bother me. I think if anything it actually made me love the story even more because it evoked such a strong feeling of nostalgia. Reading about Simon, Baz and Penny first going to Watford, and the ridiculous creatures and villains they have had to face, reminded me of reading about Harry, Ron and Hermione's adventures at Hogwarts for the first time. There's a Draco, a Dumbledore, a McGonagall and a (female) Hagrid. There's politics, danger and a really cool magical boarding school. I loved it! I can understand why those similarities might put some people off but, honestly, it still felt like a new story in a new world to me. The plot doesn't follow the same path and it is bursting full of creativity that was a pleasure to read.
Rainbow Rowell just gets it with her stories and I think I fall in love with her writing more and more with each book.
Do you also fangirl over Rainbow Rowell? Let me know and we can gush together!