25 February 2016

Book Review: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published: 29 October 2014 by Alfaguara Juvenil
Genre: YA contemporary
Format: Hardcover, library

Overall:  ½

Summary: 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 had never really been interested in Fangirl until I started seeing it on Tumblr. People were posting their collection with the multiple covers and I figured it must be really good. It had to be..why else would you buy multiples of the same book?

I won't say I'm disappointed--I'm not--but I definitely wasn't as satisfied as I thought I would be.

We're pulled into the world of Cath--and even though it was in second person, you're somehow still in her head. I related so hard to Cath it was almost embarrassing. An introvert with social anxiety and obsessive issues. (I may be a bit more extreme.) That was my favorite part about this book; I LOVED about that aspect of the book. How Rowell deals with mental disorders in, many forms, was perfect.  It made me think too hard about my own issues, especially when someone who has never met me can express how I feel.

Why did I rate it 3½ stars? Something about Fangirl felt off, like something was missing. I could never tell what it was, but it caused me to feel detached to anything else other than Cath's emotion...if that makes sense.

I loved Cath, I loved her roommate, I loved Levi, I loved her writing, I loved Simon Snow... but I didn't love this book.

I actually am very excited to read Rainbow Rowell's other books, however.

How do you feel about Fangirl? Or if you haven't read it, will you?

1 comment

  1. I could also relate to Cath and that made it real. Rowell describes it perfectly! Fangirl is one of my favorite books. :)


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