Fangirl Review

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 13

Summary: “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?” (Summary found on Goodreads).

“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.” -page 299, Cath.

I loved Fangirl from the moment I opened it. I think I knew that I would like it, too, because it’s about a fangirl. The whole idea of the book spoke to me. It doesn’t help that Cath (the main character) is exactly like me. In everything she does, I see myself. She’s an extreme fangirl and so am I. She is very introverted and so am I. She hates change and so do I. Everything about Cath reminded me of myself. That’s one of the reasons this book and I got along so well.

I didn’t have any problems with Fangirl. I loved the majority of the leading characters, except Wren (Cath’s twin sister), Laura (Cath and Wren’s mom), and a few less important characters. Levi has to be one of the most perfect boyfriends and is a great person in general. I even liked Reagan despite her being rather rude to Cath at times. Reagan helped Cath step out of her shell, which was important. Lastly, I loved Cath and Wren’s dad. I felt so bad for him, what with handling his wife leaving when Cath and Wren were eight. He is also an amazing dad to top it off and I loved the way he handled many of the situations. I’m quite thankful that their parents weren’t completely nonexistent, as they are in most young adult books.

The plot is amazing and very true to the life of a fangirl. I want a million more stories about Simon and Baz because I especially enjoyed the snippets of their story throughout Fangirl. I really want to read Carry On now because it’s the Simon and Baz story! Furthermore, I loved Cath and Levi’s story. I loved the reality of their relationship–that it didn’t start the moment they met and that Cath wasn’t even interested in him originally. They both have their flaws, but love each other anyway.

For all the fangirls out there, go read this book! For anyone out there, go read this book! You won’t regret it (I hope).

-Book Hugger

 

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