Friday, 6 November 2015

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Title: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Publication: October 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Young-adult fiction
Pages: 433
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5 Stars


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?

Review: first ever time trying to write a book review, lets see how this goes...
Fangirl is the first ever Rainbow Rowell book I have read and I am sure it won't be the last because of all the great reviews I am seeing about ' Carry On' the spin-off that compliments Fangirl.
I have to say I loved this book! It was a very quick read for me and I had it finished in a few days.

I love this book as I feel that its very relatable for all us fangirls out there. Weather you fangirl over bands,books, or whatever...we have all come across the term 'fan-fiction' most like myself have probably even read a bit or two and some going as far as writing their own ( I have...) and that is a main focus of this story in my opinion.I love the way Rainbow Rowell has written the book in such a way as although the main plot is about the relationship between Cath and Levi, I find myself looking forward to the end of the chapter so I can have myself a little Simon and Baz action as well.

My favourite character in this story is obviously Cath as I find myself in her in so many ways, first off the whole fangirl thing...but also how she is quite shy and anti-social around those she doesn't know or has just met, but once you get to know her you realize how weird and crazy she is ( In a good way).I also find the character Levi perfect, in my opinion he is the stereotypical proof of: "Boys in books are always better"

I found this book to be quite a light hearted read, it wasn't a very fast paced book but at the same time I just couldn't put it down and although I really enjoyed it I found the ending quite disappointing as the book doesn't really lead anywhere, if you know what I just kind of ends ( I am so bad at explaining things) Overall I found this book quite enjoyable and I would recommend this book to everyone who fangirls over anything....anything at could be pizza for all I care, but this book will not disappoint!


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  1. This is one of the books that I'm always saying that I'll read, but I keep forgetting about it. Yet I have a feeling that I'll like it very much! We are all fangirls about something. Great review :)

    Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair

  2. I feel really guilty that that I still haven't got round to reading this... the only book I've read by Rainbow Rowell is Eleanor and Park - which I really enjoyed! Great post!

    1. I have just finished Eleanor and Park! may have a review of it soon :)

  3. Hi Sarah! Congratulations on your first book review :) I've heard a lot of good things about Fangirl, and I'm happy to see you enjoyed it as well. I'm looking for something light-hearted to read so I think I'd give this one a shot. Thanks for the good review!

    Joan @ Fiddler Blue

    1. Thanks for the positive feedback, I am sure you will love it :)

  4. Hello! I love the review, and that plus the synopsis makes me want to read the book more than I did before. I read Eleanor & Park (which I loved) but I wasn't sure about this one since the story is rather different. I definitely plan on reading this one now!

    1. I just finished Elanor and Park and I have to say I enjoyed both very much!

  5. Congratulations on completing your first review! :) This book has been on my TBR for agesss. Having written fanfictions myself, I feel like I will relate to Cath easily. I just need to get around to reading it haha. I look forward to reading more of your reviews!


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