Friday, 16 May 2014

{Review} Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Published on 10 September 2013
Genre: YA Romance
Page Count: 445

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

"Touching and utterly real." —  Publisher's Weekly

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Cath is really a fan of this Simon Snow. A huge fan and slightly to the extreme side--she writes fanfiction of him. She isn't alone in this, her twin sister Wren is in this too. I feel an instant connection with them because I wrote fanfiction too! You can read snippets of her fanfiction and the real Simon Snow book throughout Fangirl (but I find myself not really interested in reading those and ended up skipping most of it). 

I really love how sweet Levi is around Cath. All those things he did for her screamed sweetness. He did make a mistake and I really wanted to throttle him. I can't blame Cath for being mad though because I was feeling the same way as her. 

I like Rowell's writing style (okay, maybe not the little snippets) and the characters she creates. Cath, Wren, Levi and other secondary casts are easily relatable. There's humor in the book too! I had a little laugh with the voice messages thrown back and forth between Cath and her father. It's so easy to read their love among the family. 

Overall, Fangirl is a truly enjoyable read with great characters. I'm going to have to read Rowell's other books! Many thanks to Ai from Ai Love Books for recommending this lovely book to me!

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  1. I'm glad you liked Fangirl! I used to write fanfiction too, but I found that aspect of the book didn't work too well for me since I feel like Rowell failed to depict the social side of fandom, which is probably the most important part of the fandom experience for me. Still, it was really refreshing and interesting to see a character in a mainstream novel who liked writing slash fanfiction! I never thought I'd see the day.

    LEVI IS ADORABLE. He's so sweet, it makes me so happy to see just how unconditionally nice he is.

  2. Levi is really a darling! (Minus his mistake part) He just oozes sweetness everywhere. I'm glad I read Fangirl!

  3. Nasyrah Nordin18 May 2014 at 00:14

    I'm glad that you like the book :D

  4. Thanks for the recommendation! :)