Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl
Published: September 10, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Chick Lit

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

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?

“There was a boy in her room.”

From the moment I read this line, I was hooked. I don’t know if it’s a good thing I can relate to Cather or not. Oh man, maybe all of us can relate to her.

                Fangirl told a story of a girl who is unintentionally comical, emotional, and heartening that we can connect to. A girl who likes to hang out in her room all day than getting out in the world. She would rather write fanfiction of Simon Snow rather than attend a party. Hell, she’s suffering on eating protein bars and peanut butter so that she won’t have to go to the canteen and undergo social leprosy. And most of all, it is a story of a girl who is facing problems, overcoming issues, admitting mistakes and learning from it.

                Cath is struggling to survive College without her best friend/twin sister. She is not in her comfort zone and she’s just starting to learn the world of boys. While her twin, Wren is discovering going out and being a freshman.

                I loved how the story played out smoothly that I ended up reading it until 3AM. It will make you laugh, cry, giggle and swoon at characters that will bury themselves in your heart so deeply, you’ll have trouble getting them out –but you wouldn’t want to. So, if you are an avid reader of fan fiction, a huge supporter of Tumblr or a member of any Fandom, then you’ll definitely want to read this because it is about those things that we love and more.

Fave quotes:
“I’m just really active in the fandom.”

“What the fuck is the Fandom”

“You’re not a book person. And now you’re not an internet person? What does that leave you?”
Levi laughed.“Life. Work. Class. The great outdoors. Other people. ”

“You’re a lot better at boy-boy aren’t you?”

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