Monday, 3 February 2014

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 445 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: September 10th, 2013
Received From: borrowed from my friend
Status: standalone

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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?


Fangirl is a story that is relatable, real and reminds you what it means to be your own person. And how important it is to know someone at Starbucks. (But it's true).

I has read Eleanor & Park before I got a chance to read Fangirl, and I was a little disappointed with the book. It had a lot of hype and the story was good, no denying that, but the way it wrapped up and all the loose endings didn't make me happy. I was a little reluctant to read Fangirl but everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY reassured me that it was TOTALLY better than Eleanor & Park.

I loved this novel: it was quirky, it was realistic, it was relatable and it was just a story that I could visually see in my head like a movie. The plot was clear, the drama unfolded nicely and the characters- gosh the characters- were all amazing, and I love that no matter how minor or major their role was to the story, they had their own personalities and worked well in Cath's journey.

I seriously can't tell you how many times I just squealed and fangirled over this book! Seriously! I couldn't put it down and ended up sleeping at 2:30 am because it was everything I wanted in a book and so much more. I'm usually not a fan of contemporary, but Fangirl is totally at the top of my favourite contemporary list!

My favourite part of the book was the whole Emergency Kanye Dance Party thing. That's something that I would do (but I don't listen to Kanye & I jam out to either Beyoncé or Justin Timberlake or Queen. Mostly Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody and I Want to Break Free are my jams!). And oh my gosh, I actually felt like a complete idiot when Levi figured out their names: Cather and Wren. Catherine. HOW DID I NOT GET THAT?

Anyways if you love contemporaries, you'll love Fangirl. If you don't usually read this genre, read THIS first! You will love it! This is a story about a Fangirl who learns to stay true to herself while growing up at the same time.

This review probably would've been better, but honestly, I had such a hard time putting my thoughts onto this post! Seriously, when I started writing this post, I wrote: THIS THING IS PERFECT, WHY HAVEN'T YOU READ IT YET? and sort of left it for awhile because I had no idea how I was supposed to describe something so beautiful.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

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