Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Posted August 12, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


by Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 309
Published on September 10th 2013
by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Eleanor & Park, Carry On

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

4.5 Stars

As a reader, I loved this book a lot. I could relate to the main character and I was sucked into the story big time. I read it almost in one sitting and when it ended all I could do was sigh. As a writer myself, I adored this book even more.

Fangirl is about Cath, one half of an identical twin. She and her sister are going to college and for the first time in her life, Cath is on her own. Wren doesn’t want to share a room anymore and wants Cath to make friends and meet new people. Cath doesn’t want that. She’s happy with life just the way it is. In her free time she writes fanfiction about her favorite book series and her stories are read by thousands of people. She can’t let go of her favorite series just yet. Gradually she becomes friends with her roommate and her charmin boyfriend who always hangs around in their room. Can Cath do this without Wren right by her side?

I’m probably not the only one in this, but I feel like this book is written for me. I am a fangirl and a writer, just like Cath. I’ve personally never written fanfiction before but I am familiar with it. I’ve read some before. I know my best friend Stephanie reads it often. But I am a writer. It’s what’s gotten me through a lot over the years. It’s an escape, just like reading. You can crawl away in this other world where your worries and troubles don’t exist. And I know how hard it is to let go of something you want to keep close. And I could really relate to Cath. I know how she felt, I know the feelings she has. She’s very insecure and she doesn’t know how to make friends. I really get that. I’ve been there! It’s hard to step out of your comfort zone when you feel like that.

Next to that the writing was also very good, but I expected that because Rainbow Rowell is just so awesome. The romance was very sweet and it was just something that could have happened to me. In some ways it did happen to me. Which is probably why this book feels like it’s written for me. I loved Levi and Cath’s dad. I wasn’t always sure about Wren, most of the time I didn’t like her at all. I hated their mom and I loved Reagan. So many great characters, an amazing romance and excellent writing.

I also loved the little bits of that series we got. It kind of made me want to read the series. It’s obvious that Simon Snow is Harry Potter, which is probably why I loved it so much. I didn’t feel those long pieces of Cath’s fanfiction were necessary though. Sometimes it was a bit too much and it didn’t feel like it needed to be there. It was great, but didn’t have to be that long. The little pieces at the end of each chapter were enough. I didn’t need so many pages of what Cath read to Levi. But that’s the only thing I didn’t like.

So overall a fantastic book that I loved very much, just like Eleanor & Park. I did love E&P a bit more, though. If you’re a fan of contemporary, read this. If you can relate to being a fangirl for a book series / movie series / whatever series, read this! Just read it already if you haven’t already.


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