REVIEW: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

March 21, 2016

 

SYNOPSIS: 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?

 

GENRE: Young Adult Fiction

 

FAVORITE QUOTE: "There are other people on the Internet. It's awesome. You get all the benefits of 'other people' without the body odor and the eye contact."

 

RATING: 4.25/5 stars ... really the star system doesn't matter here. The book was great, go read it, but since most everyone expects critical stars, I rounded as best I could.

 

REVIEW: This is my second book that I've read by Rainbow Rowell, and while I still love Eleanor and Park more (perhaps because it was first RR love), Fangirl is still a noteworthy offering from the author.

 

This book is so much fun and poignant simply because it is completely and engrossingly relateable. I mean, it's about an awkward, shy, and borderline undiagnosed neurotic fangirl...which let's face it, is most of us at one point or another, specifically us bookworms who love to be swept up in novels.

 

Yes, it's a fake take on the Harry Potter fandom, and no I didn't care or mind that allusion because it was done brilliantly. The fanfiction was a great flight of fancy, although I felt a couple spots went a little too long with it, and I was anxious to get back to the real world with our heroine.

 

My biggest and perhaps only real fault with the book was Cath's name. I get the meaning behind her name, but anytime someone said Cather, all I could think of was a catheter, and you can understand why that would be offputting. I just wish RR could have come up with some other breakable name.

 

The relationships in this novel were wonderfully written. The broken and breaking ties with Cath's family was so heartbreaking and made the new people she was building relationships with just that much better. It also gave great arcs for the coverage of the entire novel.

 

I loved it. I highly recommend!

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