Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

December 27, 2013 4 Stars, Reviews 5

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult/Young Adult
Pages: 433
Format: e-Book
Source: Purchased
"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? A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 201"

My Thoughts

I LOVE THIS BOOK. So much. I probably haven’t loved a book this much since I read Eleanor & Park back in October. Which is to say, I love Rainbow Rowell. She has definitely earned a spot on my list of favorite authors. And not just a spot, but a very high spot. As in she is currently my favorite author. But of course, my ‘favorites’ change so often, it’s nothing special, but… just saying. And onto my review:

Cath is the type of character that I couldn’t help but relate to, in almost every single way, she was so realistic and there were so many things that while I was reading I just kept noticing we had in common, for example how often we both use the word ‘just’ or how she’s so introverted. It’s not often that you feel like you could really BE the character you’re reading about, reading through, but when you do, you don’t ever want it to stop. It’s amazing.

Cath wasn’t just a fangirl, though it was a huge part of her life. Fangirl starts with Cath and her twin sister, Wren, heading off to college and instantly starts to hint to Cath and Wren growing apart, and their relationship with not only each other, but their father, too. (I’ve never read a book about twins before, which I never realized until I read this, and I loved that the protagonist had a twin, to get to read from Cath’s perspective.) Wren is starting to grow out of the Simon fandom, but Cath is still holding on, tightly. Cath’s love of Simon’s fictitious world intertwines with every other aspect of the story: with her relationship to Wren and their father, with her college classes, with her relationships Reagan, Levi, and Nick, and with how she sees herself as a writer.

This was definitely a coming-of-age story, and if you’ve read Eleanor & Park, you know how amazing Rainbow Rowell is at creating a romantic relationship that has your heart melting and beating faster, at the same time. I can’t say anything more about the romance without spoiling something, so I’ll just leave it at that. But, sawwwooon.

Overall: This is a fantastic coming-of-age book that will having your heart from start to finish, and keep you laughing when it gets mushy or sad, and smiling even when the characters are having a hard time. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys YA-fiction (or New Adult, I guess. I’m still not too sure about this genre.) Basically, this is one of my favorite reads this year!

Rating: 4 Stars!


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Some Favorite Quotes

‘Are you on drugs?’


‘Maybe you should be….'”

And then she kissed my receding hairline and cried, she imagined him saying. In her imagination, Levi was Danny Zuko, and his roommates were the rest of the T-Birds. Tell me more, tell me more.”

‘Don’t expect me to tell you apart,’ Reagan said when this became a routine.

‘I have short hair,’ Wren said, ‘and she wears glasses.’

‘Stop,’ Reagan groaned, ‘don’t make me look at you. It’s like The Shining in here.’

Wren cocked her head and squinted. ‘I can’t tell if you’re being serious.’ 

‘It doesn’t matter,’ Cath said. ‘Ignore her.’

Reagan scowled at Cath. ‘Are you Zack, or are you Cody?'”


About Jessica

Jessica is an twenty year old blogger who lives in Michigan. She's currently a junior in college. She's a full-time student and part-time employee. She loves to read young adult fiction, especially contemporary, romance, and dystopian. Feel free to drop by and say hi by leaving a comment on one of her blog posts- she'll be sure to reply!

5 Responses to “Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell”

  1. Alise

    Thanks for stopping by my review of Fangirl 🙂 I’m glad you liked this one and felt pretty much the same about it. Great choice of quotes!

  2. Tara

    I just purchased this book on Boxing Day. I am really looking forward to reading it (as a Fangirl myself). Thank-you for the review. I also love your blog layout and Music Monday.

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