Reblog Book Club: Some Thoughts on Quotes

Reblog Book Club: Some Thoughts on Quotes:


“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.” – Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

When I read this quote I paused for a moment. Did I agree with this? Not quite, I decided. But not in a oh-my-gosh-that-is-so-stupid disagree. More of a…

The thing is, this line shows Cath reflecting on what she’d previously decided. It’s not necessarily what she still thinks now. Her thinking is evolving.

The whole point of Cath’s climactic struggle over the timing of completing Carry On, Simon, the whole point of the book, really, is Cath’s having to make exactly that choice, between the fantasy world and the real one.

I think the line is supposed to be problematic, because her younger self’s view about what it means to be a true nerd, with the fantasy world always winning out, is increasingly in conflict with the demands of adulthood.

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Tags: fangirl, reblogbookclub, i mean i love cath, and i totally relate to her nerd identity, but even more i love her courage in being willing to grow beyond it.

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