Book Review: FANGIRL

fangirl coverAuthor: Rainbow Rowell

Number of Pages: 438

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: September 10, 2013

“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, 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 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?”

– Goodreads.com

I absolutely adored this book. As soon as I started reading it I couldn’t put it down, and whenever I had even an ounce of free time my mind gravitated towards it. Everything about it is just so amazing: the characters, the plot, the setting, the entire premise of the story. Needless to say, I definitely fangirled over Fangirl. (Sorry. I couldn’t resist the joke.)

One of the reasons I love this book so much is the fact that Cath, the main character, is realistic and easy for me to relate to. I liked how she didn’t instantly fall in love with her love interest in the story like in many other young adult romance stories. It took her a while to become comfortable with the idea of actually dating him, and it made their relationship seem much more realistic. And Levi is such a great guy! He’s sweet, funny, and always does his best to understand where Cath is coming from. His personality was written excellently, as was the rest of the book. He seemed to jump off the page whenever he spoke or was discussed in the story. Besides Cath, he is definitely my favorite character in Fangirl. 

I’ll admit, before reading this novel I had never actually read any fan-fiction before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. When I realized that it would be a large part of the story, I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. But it was so good! I think that incorporating excerpts of Cath’s actual fan-fiction in the book really added a lot of depth to the story and helped the reader to better understand Cath. The story of Simon Snow definitely has some parallels to Harry Potter, however I think it’s different enough that it could actually be its own story. I wish Rainbow Rowell would write it!

I seriously loved everything about this novel. The writing was fantastic, the character development was excellent, and the story itself kept was enthralling and engaging. I knew I would like Fangirl because Eleanor & Park was amazing as well, but I didn’t think I would love it as much as I do. This is a definite must-read!

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Absolutely!

Have you ever read this book or any of Rainbow Rowell’s other books? What were your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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