Do they sense it, these dead writers, when their books are read? Does a pinprick of light appear in their darkness? Is their soul stirred by the feather touch of another mind reading theirs? I do hope so.Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale (via bibliophilebunny)
Instead of writing a regular-style review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which I read for Tumblr’s Reblog Book Club. I decided to include a few quotes that I thought perfectly depicted social anxiety, which as someone who has experienced it, was one of my favorite aspects of the book.
“'The whole point of having a twin sister,' Cath said, 'is not having to worry about this sort of thing. Freaky strangers who steal your tampons and smell like salad dressing and take cell phone photos of you while you sleep.'”
I always wanted a twin as a kid. I thought it would be like having an instant best friend who was just like me, and would instantly solve my social problems. As I grew up I realized that it probably wouldn’t have worked out that way, but I could still dream.
“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody explains to you. (And the ones you can’t google.) Like, where does the line start? What food can you take? Where are you supposed to sit? Where do you go when you’re done, why is everyone watching you?”
Cath’s description of the students in her first class: “Just knowing they were there made her feel tight and cornered.”
“Cath couldn’t imagine having any sort of job or career. She’d majored in English, hoping that meant she could spend the next four years reading and writing.”
That’s one of the reasons I eventually picked English as a major. I loved reading, and I didn’t want to spend several years in school trying to figure out what I wanted to do. It’s not necessarily the strategy I’d recommend to most people, but I wouldn’t change anything for myself.
“'There are other people on the Internet. It's awesome. You get all the benefits of other people without the body odor and eye contact.”
“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”
3/5 stars. I would recommend it to anyone who has experienced social anxiety or shyness and wants to read something that relates to that experience.
Why not 5 stars? I thought the characters fell flat and seemed almost caricature at times. Rowell used the ellipses too many times when a period or space would have sufficed. The book seemed, at times, to be pandering to a particular audience, although all-in-all was more celebratory.