“A rabid breed of human female who is obsessed with either a fictional character or an actor. Similar to the breed of fanboy… Have been known to glomp, grope and tackle when encountering said obsessions.” Source: Urban Dictionary – https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fangirl
Carter Avery is what you would call a Fangirl. Cath is a big fan of the Simon Snow book series and franchise. Simon Snow is Cath’s whole world, to the point where she is writing s multipart fanfiction about it, called Carry On.
As she writes this fanfic, so immersed in the world of Simon Snow, she tries to navigate the real world while she would “prefer fictional worlds to the real one.” In the real world, Cath is in her first year of college with her twin sister Wren. She is an English major hoping to become an author, and she gets into a hard to get in creative writing class with Professor Piper.
As the book goes by we see Cath develop over the school year, as a writer, a friend, a sister and daughter. Within this book, Cath is faced with the challenges of her creative writing class, going outside her comfort zone and making friends with Reagan, Levi. Cath also battles coming to grips with her sister not having time with her while she enjoys college life, the struggles of having her father go through bipolar, and the general life of a college girl.
So, my general opinion of this book is meh… It was ok, nothing too special about it. I had such high hopes for this book, because when I heard what this book was about, and all the hype, I got so excited. You see I am a fangirl myself, who has dabbled in writing fan fiction, so naturally I got super excited for a book exploring what many “fangirls” and “fanboys” go through every day. At the end of the day, it is everything I thought but I just wanted more. I think one of my problems is that I don’t really read Young Adult Contemporary books, so I think that is why I got the feeling of meh from the book.
What I liked about this book was the realistic aspect of this book and how easy it was to read. The book was short and light, a book that I could read and just shut off from the world.
One thing I really enjoyed was the character development of Cather Avery. Throughout the book we watch her go from a fully withdrawn individual who would rather stay in her room and write fan fiction to a person that will now go outside her comfort zone, make friends and maybe even go to a party.
I loved the cute little romance in this book. My problem is, I was rooting for her getting with Nick. No matter how horrible he was near the end. I liked him. I didn’t mind Levi, but come on, don’t leave the reader hanging. There was no happy conclusion of the romance, it just kind of kept going, not concluded or developed too much by the end, if i remembered that correctly.
The ending of the book was annoying in my opinion. It just kind of ended with no conclusion for half of the plot lines, if i remembered correctly, I read this book last year and it is a little hazy. I thought as I was reading this, the book kind of just chucked some events in, and didn’t really explore them enough.
For example, what the hell happens with the mother, there was all this tension and just nothing. I believe this plot line could have been explored a lot more in the book. All we find out is that Wren likes the mother, and has started a relationship with her. Cath is just, I don’t trust you, I don’t want you in my life. The end. There was a little bit of story and conclusion but not enough to satisfy me.
Here is a crazy opinion, I hated the fanfiction. I gave it a go for a few chapters, and then skipped it for the whole of the book. It’s funny, I love the idea of including the fanfiction all over the book, but I just wasn’t with it. I think it was the story itself, it did not grab my attention at all. If I didn’t like the excerpts of the fanfiction, I have come to the conclusion I will not be picking up the fanfiction book Carry On.
I think that’s all I can say, there’s not much I am opinionated on about this book. I just think it was not for me. When I was 12 or 13 I think I would have loved it.
Please let me know if you enjoyed this book? What made you enjoy it?