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Sunday, August 3, 2014

[REVIEW] Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: September 10th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository
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In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I utterly enjoyed reading Fangirl. It was light and cute and quirky. If you've been reading my reviews, you probably know by now that light-cute-quirky is a winning combination for me. So why 3 out of 5 stars only for Fangirl?



It's enjoyable, yes. It's the sort of book that relaxes you when you read it. And it had the same effect on me. But half the time I was reading the book, I couldn't see where the story was heading. It was like things were going in circles. And even until the end, I felt like there were still some loose ends. Or maybe that's just Rainbow Rowell's style, I don't know. It just irked me a bit.

“Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.”

Anyway, enough with the negativity. What I liked about Fangirl is that it showed a lot more about being, well, a fangirl. I totally connected with Cath. The introversion, the awkwardness, the trust issues, the not smiling to people. It was like reading a character that reflects myself (if only a bit). And she's a really good fanfic writer. I liked that there were snippets of her fic and then there were bits of the real Simon Snow books to distinguish Cath's style from Gemma T. Leslie's. And her passion for Simon and Baz! Only a fangirl would understand. *swoon*

And the characters! They're unbelievable. Wren is like the extrovert version of Cath. She's a fangirl, too, but not as hardcore as her sister. I just wish there's more of Wren in Fangirl. I love their relationship. I admire their closeness. They were each other's rock that anchors them to themselves. They were not just sisters; they're best friends. Reagan, Cath's room mate, is also something. She's more like Wren but like a harder, tougher, older, bolder version. It's a surprise she got along with Cath (eventually). But I love Reagan still. And dear Levi. He's not a perfect guy but somehow he's perfect for Cath. Sometimes he's adorable, sometimes he's annoying. Levi might be a cliche, but this cliche will make you swoon.

A few things aside, Fangirl is the perfect book if you are looking for a light and laid-back read. Very real and relatable. Rainbow Rowell succeeded in showing the joy and pain of being a fangirl. I only have one question, though: "Does Cath kill off Baz?"


And sometimes you held somebody's hand just to prove that you were still alive, and that another human being was there to testify to that fact.

"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."


"Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy. It's the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for."

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

2 comments:

  1. I really liked Fangirl, but I can see what you're saying about the loose ends (as I struggle to remember the story--it's been a while since I read it). I enjoyed Attachments more than Fangirl, and I'm looking forward to reading her other two books.

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    1. I haven't read Attachments yet, but I'm planning to soon. Thanks for dropping a comment! :)

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