Day 12 – A Book That Made You Happy
I’ve read hundreds of books I’ve enjoyed. They’ve made me feel a whole range of emotions but I wouldn’t say that they all made me happy per se. How many books have you finished and felt happy at the end without being overwhelmed by a well of other emotions? Pick out one that overall left you feeling happy. It’s tough.
But I found one. A Book that made me happy was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
I get Cath on a personal level and this book, it feels, was written for me. She is a fangirl of a series that she enjoyed with her sister as children. It’s what got her through the pain of her mother leaving. Cathy grew up surrounded by her love of her books but now they are going to college and Cath’s sister wants to go her own way. Alone and so very out of her comfort zone, she doesn’t know if she’s capable of doing this? Everything is so much easier in writing. Fiction means we don’t have to face reality.
Cath’s character is almost so real that it hurts. She is complex and we can understand her socially awkward interactions with people, choosing to stay in her room just to avoid the social chaos of the cafeteria. College is a new and completely terrifying experience, especially in the social aspect, so for an introverted character like Cath, we can feel her anxiety.
It’s not just a quirky love story, but also a story about fiction, the power of books and the strength behind fandoms. So it can at least appeal to us all just a little bit. And I enjoyed it because how often do people openly address fan fiction writers in books? It makes it all more relatable to me.
And, as a reader, I’m sure we can all relate to this.
You’ve read the books?”
“I’ve seen the movies.”
Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. (Actually.) (Maybe because she was still on the edge of tears. On the edge, period.) “So you haven’t read the books.”
“I’m not really a book person.”
“That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me
Its a cute story with fun and enjoyable characters. It is easy reading, speaking directly to the reader and you just know it’s going to have a light, easygoing ending.
Some honourable mentions, of course;
- The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo
- Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- Apache Strikeforce by Camilla Monk