Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlTitle:  Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press 
Publishing Date: September 10th 2013
Pages: 433
Genre:  New Adult Chic Lit
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Audio


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 wanted to read this book from the moment it found a home on my TBR list. I absolutely adored Eleanor & Park and was hoping for another winner. This book did not disappoint. I loved the characters, the story, the writing, and everything else in between.

Cath just graduated high school and has looked forward to her college years being spent with her twin sister Wren. All that changes when Wren decides to find her own way. Cath now needs to find her place among strangers, figure out how to survive college, and finish her very popular fan fiction. 

This book was just wonderful. I really love Rainbow Rowell's writing style, her characters, and how she just brings everything to life. The story, the characters, the setting. It was all just a warm and cuddly place to hang out for me. I felt right at home among all Cath and her friends. All the characters were do unique and they worked so well together. I really do feel like I walked away from this book with some new best friends.

All the characters have a bit of nerd about them and I loved that, but they also had some other great characters that made them so individual. I also loved the fact none of the characters were perfect, they all had some things to work on. I loved Cath. She had her issues with social interactions and she was pretty broken in the beginning. Everything she felt I understood in depth. I lived it with her and I always felt that I understood her. Cath grew so much throughout the book and it was a wonderful journey watching her come into herself. It was very hard for Cath to find herself without her sister but she managed and made it through like a champ. Cath had so many issues going on too, she dealt amazingly with her home life and her school life, even if she did have some bumps in the road. 

Wren wasn't as steady as Cath and she had a harder time dealing than Cath. To Cath, Wren had it together and didn't need her anymore... the truth... Wren needed Cath more than ever. The friendship between the two really touched me. I found this to be the major tear jerker of the story. The story was about Cath but more so the story of Cath and Wren. It really made me want a twin sister. 

The other major characters in the story were Reagan the room-mate and Levi the cute boy. I can go on and on about both of them. I thought I wouldn't like Reagan at the beginning but I really fell in love with her. She was hard on the outside but a softy on the inside and she really took Cath in under her wing. She was more of an older sister to Cath and Cath lost Wren. Levi was just yummy, sweet, fun, and very loving. The hero of the story. He owned my heart all the way.

The story had an amazing cast of characters and I do believe they would have made any story great but they didn't have to work so hard in this story. The issues that made their appearance in this story were ranged from friendship to family... addiction, growing up, love, mental stability... it was all there and I felt connected to each and every one of them. In the end I was able to feel complete after living these issues through characters. I learned, I loved, I lived. 

So Awesome... I loved it! It Rocked! Can't possibly give it the amount of love it deserves. 


  1. I adored this one, too! Like, I wanted to give it ALL THE STARS. :) I loved it so much that I bought a finished copy, too. :D

  2. Great review. I loved E&P as well as Fangirl. She's one of my new favorite authors. :)


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