06/03/2014

Review: Fangirl {Rainbow Rowell}



 
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Being a Simon Snow fan is her life. She and her twin sister Wren spent their childhood immersed in his world, hanging out in fan forums, writing fan fiction and dressing up like the characters for the movie premiers. 

But Wren has distanced herself from that now, and when they head to university she decides she doesn't want to be one half of a pair anymore.

But it's not so easy for Cath, who buries herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say. Without Wren, Cath is on her own. She's stuck with a surly room mate, a fiction professor who thinks fan fiction is a form of copying, Levi who gives out smiles for free and her dad. Who may be too fragile to really be on his own.

Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new experiences and new people and whether there's more to love than what she writes about in her stories.
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Back in my early teens, I was a bit of a Harry Potter fan fiction junkie. Or, more specifically, a Draco Malfoy fan fiction junkie. I know, I know! But it meant that the idea of someone obsessed with a fandom was something I knew I'd get a kick out of.

Fangirl may explore extreme levels of fandom obsession, but it's a book you'll be able to relate to no matter what. It's an incredibly funny and charming story and Cath, our Simon Snow junkie, never once comes across as creepy. She's passionate about these characters and devoted to the fandom and, more than that, she's good at writing these stories. She has an entire community of fans eager to see where her versions of the characters end up, which puts a lot of pressure on her to find the perfect ending to their story.

Of course, Fangirl isn't just about Cath's fan fiction, it's about the girl behind it and we follow the slow journey of her emotional growth as the novel goes on. She has to find an identity separate from her sister (who, for a significant amount of the book, is The World's Worst Twin) and her intense social anxiety doesn't make it easy.

Cath is lost, with no idea how to talk to people, or put herself out there. I hated watching her retreat into herself and see how lonely she felt after Wren pretty much threw her to the wolves. Thankfully though . . . Levi to the rescue!

He was a beyond brilliant character, completely unique and an absolutely perfect fit for Cath. He offered to walk her home from the library where she was studying with another guy, so she didn't have to be alone at night, and he never seemed to judge her or make her feel bad for being so socially awkward. 

Instead, he encouraged her to be creative and to be her own writer. He supported her Simon Snow fiction, while also trying to help her be original and not neglect the other parts of her life. And don't get me started on how adorable it was whenever Cath read to him.

Their romance was slow-burn, and so incredibly sweet that it made each moment between them close to perfect. It was so well-paced and developed that it just felt real and whenever Cath and Levi were together, I grinned like an idiot.

There's also a real focus on the importance of family, not just with the relationship between Wren and Cath, but also with their dad and how Cath struggles with his issues and with their absentee mother. 


There are so many different things explored in the book; so many relationships that are developed uniquely and wonderfully. No character was neglected and though this does follow Cath, it's very much an ensemble book that takes time to give each character their own story.

 
Fangirl is a novel full of fun, nostalgia and heart. It's one that'll make you giggle to yourself, shed a tear or two, and leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. This is for everyone looking to embrace their inner nerd and remember what it was like to experience first love and to truly know yourself for the first time.

"How do you not like the Internet? That's like saying 'I don't like things that are convenient. I don't like having access to all of mankind's recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don't like light. And knowledge." 



 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
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33 comments:

  1. I loved E&P so I am excited to read this one too!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. I actually preferred it to Eleanor & Park so if you loved that you'll ADORE this!

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  2. I love me some slow-burn and great stories about families. Also, the fact that this book is full of character growth? YES! Can't wait to start this pretty and I'm so happy you enjoyed it, Allie:)

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    1. The beginning was a little slow, I won't lie, and I was worried that it had a severe case of being too hyped up but MAN once it got going it was so fun and cute and just ahhh-mazing XD

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  3. I really want to read this one! I used to read Harry Potter fanfiction all the time. Draco Malfoy fanfiction too! LOL

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    1. LOL Draco fanfiction was my favourite back in the day! I loved me a tortured bad boy (actually, I still do haha)

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  4. This is on my TBR pile. I LOVED Eleanor and Park, so I can't wait to give this a go! I used to write Harry Potter headcannons - never got into fan fiction, but I still love the idea.

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    1. I didn't know what headcannons were, but I just looked it up and ahhhh :) very interesting! What sort of stuff was it?

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  5. I actually wasn't such a huge fan of Eleanor & Park (though I gave it 4 stars) buuut, I have Fangirl RIGHT NOW and I'm so excited about it! I'm a little worried about the Simon Snow being so much like Harry Potter, factor. I really like Harry Potter. ;) But Rainbow Rowell has such an addictive way of writing. GAH. I need to eat Fangirl, like, ASAP.

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    1. Fangirl tops Eleanor & Park IMO, so you should definitely give it a go!
      I will say that HP comparison really did irk me. At first I thought that Rainbow was using it as a substitute for HP, kind of like HP for the fictional world. But then another character actually mentioned HP and I was like . . . so they BOTH exist? No way would Simon Snow be successful, it's basically copying.
      Pushing that aside though, the book itself was awesome!

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  6. It was absolutely a warm your heart read. I had never read fanfiction before so I am not going to lie, I was a bit confused with some of it but overall I LOVED Fangirl. I loved the dialogue and the cute love story between Cath and Levi!!

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

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    1. Cath and Levi has the CUTEST exchanges. I swooned all over the place when she read that book to him for his test!

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  7. I adored this book! I was grinning like an idiot pretty much the entire time.

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    1. Same! Levi's grin had nothing on mine while I read this :D

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  8. I loved this book so much. It reminded me of when I was in college and it was so fun. I can't wait to read more Rowell. I didn't like E&P as much as this book, but it was well written.

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    1. Ahh yeah it reminded me of my uni days! I graduated last July and I miss it SO much it's unreal. It was a lot of fun and an experience I'll never forget :)
      A lot of people seemed mixed about Eleanor & Park, but the consensus for Landline seems to be that it's a whole lot of awesome!

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  9. I've been DYING to read Fangirl ever since it came out! It's actually on my wishlist at the moment!! It seems like such a great book, with great characters... AND it's Rainbow Rowell! What more do we need?

    Great post! :)

    PS. I added you to my favorite book blogs thingy on my sidebar. c: x

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    1. I agree - Rainbow is just fabulous. She has such a unique way of telling a story. Let me know what you think when you finally check this out!

      (Oh, thank you! I'm glad you enjoy the blog so much <3)

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  10. Oh, I'm so glad you hear you liked it because I really want to read this book, but I have to know that other people liked it too.

    I was definitely a fan fiction writer, before it was an organized thing. back when Angelfire hosted all the sites. It was NSync for me, of course. Maybe a little Josh Hartnett ;) I lived out my girlish fantasies that way. But let me say, I totally pegged you for a Draco Malfoy fanfictionista.

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    1. Am I that transparent? My Draco love shines through even after all these years! ;)

      NSync? LOL, nice! (And I don't judge you at all for Josh Hartnett, because that boy is just yummy).

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  11. I'm actually reading this at the moment and I love the character of Cath already and her fangirling over Simon Snow fiction. It's completely relatable and adorable. Thanks for sharing your obsession over Draco Malfoy fanfiction...back in the day I actually used to write Evangelion fanfiction. And I shall never repeat that again lol!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. LOL! We were both clearly too cool for words (and still are, obviously :p).

      IMO, I think Fangirl only gets better the more you read so there's a lot more love for you to experience for it :D

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  12. I've owned this book for awhile but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I'm glad you enjoyed it and I love the favorite quote you choose lol. I could see myself saying that to someone :P I never really got into the fan fictions but I can understand the social awkwardness that comes with spending too much time on the computer haha =)

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    1. Haha yeah, I think as bloggers we definitely spend half our lives on the computer / internet :P

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  13. I adore anything Rainbow Rowell. Try "Attachments" if you haven't already. I really did enjoy Fangirl. Levi is such a sweetheart :)

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    1. I really want to reach Attachments! And Landline :)

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  14. I'm really looking forward to reading this one! From your review and many others, I can tell that this book will go well for me. :)

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    1. It's such a feel-good book, I can't imagine anyone hating it!

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  15. Internally crying! I want to re-read this book so bad, but there are so many other awesome books out there. I still have to read E&P. Some say it's even better.

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    1. Eleanor and Park was wonderful! So raw and true. Just a really great, unique love story that didn't take the typical path at ALL :) I hope you love it!

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  16. I honestly couldn't get over the fact that Simon Snow could exist and be financially successful in a world where Harry Potter clearly still exists. That really annoyed the hell out of me and stopped me enjoying a lot of the book. The fanfiction really got in the way for me, I didn't see why we needed so much of it seeing as it's fake fanfiction based on a fake book.

    I am scared to post my review, even though I've written it already, because I know how much others loved it. I just really didn't 'get' it I guess. I didn't get Levi & Cath, he likes her from the get go for no apparent reason because she's kind of just mean to him. I don't know, clearly I didn't 'get' this. Great review :)

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    1. I total agree about the HP thing (do not even get me started on that, it was RIDICULOUS for them both to exist) and, actually, I agree about the fan fiction aspect ... I didn't really care about Simon's story and skim-read those parts. I wouldn't have minded if they kind of reflection Cath's situation in someway and had some sort of metaphorical resonance. But as it was they were just a bit random and pointless :(

      I did love the rest of the book though! Sorry you didn't. It always sucks when you read a book everyone loves and you feel like the odd one out. I had that with Pivot Point - everyone adored it and I just did not get it at all.

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    2. I have Pivot Point sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read, I'm intrigued to see what I make of it now :)

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