Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication: May 12, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
This special edition includes fan art, a ribbon bookmark, a Q&A with the author, and an excerpt from her new book 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?
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“To really be a nerd, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”
I like the overall cuteness of Fangirl. It’s my first time reading a book that is written by Rainbow Rowell and I have to say that it did not disappoint. The main character Cath is easy to relate to– especially for bookworms who constantly fangirl with fictional characters.
The book’s theme mainly focuses on Cath whose world revolves around Simon Snow, a fictional hero she and her twin-sister Wren are crazy about since childhood. They grew up obsessing with Simon to the point that they even use their writing skills by doing fan-fiction about him and his nemesis Baz. When she and Wren moved away from home for college, her new environment and her demanding subjects forced her to live in her personal life and let go of her Simon Snow obsession, which she simply could not abandon.
The story more on talks about family drama, psychological and emotional awareness of the characters, and romance. What I love about the book was the theme which is reality-based. I love the whole fangirling idea and the effects it had on me. The male lead Levi and the secondary ones are also lovable characters.
What made the book a bit of difficulty for me was the author’s writing style. Rainbow Rowell writes beautifully but it wasn’t that light and easy, especially when it comes to the snippets and the excerpts she included in every chapter’s beginning. I found it hard to digest the story, I have to admit that I did skim some parts. Mehehe. Anyway, I think I didn’t lose anything when I didn’t heartily read those? Also, I found the insta-love between Cath and Levi quite strange, but it’s not that big of a deal for me since Levi is such a swoon-worthy character and who wouldn’t love an all-the-time-smile-guy like him?
Overall, it was a fun read. I did enjoy it and I certainly declare myself a fangirl of this book! 🙂
Rating: 4 fangirling Stars!