Review: ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell

Review: ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 10th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 433
Format: Hardcover
Source: event
A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, 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 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 that 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?

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Cath is scared and clingy, insecure. Sometimes the things she says are so wrong. And then her character just grows a teeny tiny bit. She opens up little more and becomes social. I also liked how real her social anxiety is. It’s an eye opener to see what others go through and that makes you that more empathetic, especially if others think they’re just being anti-social. I like how clueless Cath is when it came to social activities and even her dating Levi. It’s a wonderful experience seeing it all trough Cath’s eyes.

I liked the parts where she talked about her fan fiction with all the other characters. It seemed like such a fun conversation to read. But the again I stopped reading the Simon Snow parts. Only because it was too much like Harry Potter and I believe that can’t ever be duplicated. Also I felt like it didn’t add too much to the story. There was also a lot of it, and I felt that following it along would be like reading another story in itself.

Not only did this book touch upon the cute and adorable but there was also some of the tough parts, like her mother, father and sister. Even her twin sister Wren goes through a wonderful story arc.

Oh Levi, he’s this wonderful male protagonist that I just loved and adored. First, he’s respectful towards women and he messes up every now and then so he’s not perfect. He’s also a farm boy who works hard and loves animals and his family. He’s an honest good natures character that is needed more in the teen books section. Just like Cath said, we all need golden retrievers in our life. What a wonderful and refreshing character who is warm and pleasant and doesn’t play games. He told Cath exactly how he feels and he showed it too.

Cath and Levi together is just too cute for words. I just loved how they tip-toed around each other in the beginning and then came the honeymoon stage where they couldn’t get enough. Even their first argument was adorable.

The pacing was dragged out. Way too much. I felt it too be soooo long. Maybe I’m impatient but sometimes when a book is so long, I start singing, “This is the book that never ends, it keeps going on and on and on.” Then there’s the the TMI aspect. I didn’t really think the reader had to know that Cath smelled Levi’s deodorant or had to shower or what she ate for breakfast or even if she had to pee. Sometimes I feel like it’s unnecessary?

And the ending? I felt it to be the weakest part. What happened with her project? Her mom? Her dad? Did I completely miss that part? I wanted closure and I got none. I also felt the ending to be super anti-climatic. I turned the page and thought there would be more but I was staring at eh acknowledgments page.


In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t google.) (15)
Cath had an audience now, a following. All these people she didn’t know, who expected things from her and questioned her decisions. Sometimes they even turned against her. (50)
The whole point of fan fiction is that you get to play inside somebody else’s universe. Rewrite the rules. Or bend them. (123)
Seriously. Look at you. You’ve got your shit together, you’re not scared of anything. I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster. (184)
If it tries to take you, I won’t let go. (227)
Nothing can break me unless I let it. (235)
I’d rather be broken than wasted. (235)
Being smart doesn’t matter—ANC being good with words. And when those things do matter, it’s only because people want something from me. Not because they want me. (245)
There’s nothing more intoxicating than creating something from nothing. Creating something from yourself. (261)
Making people happy makes me feel good. If anything, it gives me more energy for the people I care about. (297)
The ultimate act of heroism shouldn’t be death. (387)
Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy. It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for. (387)
I choose you over everyone. (409)

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