Review: Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell - 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? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I adored this book. It was so perfect and I loved every aspect of it. As a fan of many things myself, I really got into this book and I loved all the references to various fandoms. I loved the fandom that was created inside the book too, and I ended up falling in love with every character in the book.

Cover

It’s so pretty yet simple. I really like the way it’s been done and that it reflects what’s going in the story. There really isn’t much I can say about the cover, but I love it a lot.

Plot

I really liked the pacing in this book, as there’s always just enough going on. The plot is interesting and there are so many adorable parts in the story. There’s plenty happening, and I liked seeing how Cath coped with being in college and the fact that there was a lot more pressure on her. I really liked the writing in this book and I found it really hard to put it down as I got closer to the end. I also really liked the ending of this book, and it seems this may become a pattern with Rainbow Rowell’s books.

Characters

There are so many great characters in this book, and I could really connect with Cath. Although I personally don’t write fanfiction, I could totally understand how Cath felt at uni and her dedication to the fandom. I wasn’t a big fan of Wren in the book, due to Cath’s feelings towards her, but I did like the interactions between them. It was interesting seeing the conflict between them as they began to grow apart.

There are some lovely side characters too, such as Levi and Reagan. Reagan was a great roommate to Cath, and seeing their relationship develop was wonderful. I liked the way they suited each other, even though their personalities were so different. I also loved Levi a lot, because he was so genuinely interested in Cath and her fanfiction and her life. That was a very adorable relationship.

The Little Things

The book excerpts and the fanfiction about Simon Snow was a great way of splitting up the chapters, and I really liked the way it would sometimes related to Cath’s life. Also, it was nice seeing some of what Cath had written.

The way the characters interacted was so real as well, such as the head tilts between Cath and Nick.

This book is one of the best I’ve read this year, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary fiction.

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