Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

16068905Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published : July 3, 2014

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

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?


I enjoy Rainbow Rowell’s books usually. I think I gave Landline a 3 or 4 out of 5 and Eleanor & Park a 5 out of 5. And I thought I’d love Fangirl I really did. I heard awesome things I had the most positive mind set, and it was one of the biggest let downs for me. And I don’t think there was anything wrong per-say with the book. I just couldn’t get into it and maybe it wasn’t the right book for me.

I have been pushing contemporary a lot lately. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon , Inconceivable by Tegan Wren, and now Fangirl maybe I just had a big contemporary overload. It took me 200 pages to get remotely interested. I didn’t like Cath I thought she was someone who I couldn’t relate to at all and most people wouldn’t. I understand having anxiety and being a shut in because I’ve dealt with all those problems and the way they it was portrayed through Cath I just didn’t know if it was something that was written like that purposefully or not.

I also didn’t really like the whole Simon Snow and Baz fanfic. I understand fanfic I used to write fanfic and I used to avidly read it and it was similar to what I’ve known fanfic to be, but, it just didn’t feel right for the Harry Potter esque feel I’ve heard this to be like. But I in no way found any relation to what magical fan fictions I’ve read and Carry On especially if she was getting the hits she was in the book.

I enjoyed Levi, I thought he was pretty awesome. And I thought he was a good voice of reason in times like  WHEN CATH DECIDED SHE DIDN’T WANT TO TAKE THE SECOND CHANCE HER PROFESSOR GAVE HER?! I would’ve KILLED for moments like that in college. I suppose it was just a lot of frustrating things that kept chipping away at me that kept me in a weird like/dislike stage with this book. I don’t want to say it’s a bad book, because it’s not.

It’s a good book for the right person. Contemporary has never been my cup of tea and I’ve somehow read 3 contemporary books in a row and not managed to throw myself off a bridge. But I do believe I need to take a break from contemporary, but maybe if i re-read this sometime later down the road, I’ll see it in a different light, but it sure as hell won’t stop me from reading Attachments at some point either this year or next.

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Excited at first, disappointed in the end.  Sorry Rainbow Rowell! I’m still a big fan though!

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