Fangirl [Review]

Posted December 10, 2014 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Fangirl [Review]Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 10th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Pages: 433
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, 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 fanfiction, 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 that 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 fanfiction 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


My Thoughts:
This book was a breath of fresh air. In the world of bad boys everywhere comes the love story of a girl falling for the good guy. It was so nice to read about a true nice guy. Nice guys do not finish last in this story.

Fangirl was a longer book in the contemporary stance, yet when I finished reading about the story of Cath, I just wanted more. It was amazing that even though the story ended (a little open ended, but nonetheless, ended) I just wanted more about Cath and Levi. I love when an author can do that to you.

Cath was very relatable and I loved that. Because it meant that I felt like I was in her shoes. That I was living this story. I loved that I could feel like I was inside the book. I also loved the fact that she was a writer. It made me relate to her even more, considering that I am an aspiring writer. I feel like I even received tips through the book for my own writing. Which felt amazing.

Reagan, Cath’s dorm roomie, was simply amazing. I loved her attitude and the way her and Cath became friends. Reagan was very unique and I loved that about her.

All-in-all, if you want a great contemporary read that takes place in college, this is the book for you. It’s sweet, realistic, and just pure amazing. Rainbow Rowell knows how to turn words into the purest form of art and it is stunningly beautiful.

Memorable Quotes:

In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)

I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.

I choose you over everyone.

“I miss you.” “That’s stupid,” she said. “I saw you this morning.” “It’s not the time,” Levi said, and she could hear that he was smiling. “It’s the distance.”

To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer the fictional worlds to the real one.

Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.

Did you read Fangirl? Let’s talk about it. How did you feel about it?

2 responses to “Fangirl [Review]

  1. Alecia

    I loved this book upon reading it about a year and a half ago! It was such a sweet contemporary story with great characters and a cute romance – even if the ‘bad boys’ are my usual preference, Levi was just perfect! I enjoyed reading about Cath and her love of fanfiction as well as her family drama so all in all I pretty much loved everything!

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