Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Published Date: September 10, 2013

Buy It: Amazon B&N



via Goodreads

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, 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 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?

My Thoughts

I am in love with this book. Not only the book, but the characters as well. I feel like the twins Cather and Wren are the two sides of me.

I’ve always known that fanfiction has been looked down on. Plus, it’s something that the “nerdy” or “geeky” kids are into. I’ve never been a fan. I haven’t ever wanted to read it or write it. This book makes fanfiction make since to me! I can completely understand how you can wrap yourself into a world and just live there. It doesn’t matter what was originally written. The fans can make it what they want. That’s pretty powerful. The original will never change. And shouldn’t. But being able to create something more from that original story is great. It makes fans more involved and like Cather it can mean so much more.

Cather is the better side of me. I’m like her in so many ways and it’s nice to see her open up and come out of her shell. She is the girl I wish I had been growing up. Doing and learning even though other people might have thought she was crazy. Love it.

Plus, who doesn’t want Cather and Levi’s relationship?

The writing is something I could only hope to one day aspire to. It grabs you and makes you feel whether you want to or not!

I immediately downloaded Rowell’s other novel Eleanor & Park. Already loving it, too! Think I may have found a new favorite author!


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