Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.18

Summary (Goodreads): 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?

Cover: 4/5

I adore the soft feel for this cover! More paperbacks should be like this!

I have this beautiful yellow cover!   

Review: A girl who is obsessed with a fandom. Check. Who likes to write. Check. A lovable love interest. Check check CHECK!

It feels like I am on a role with reading some kick-ass books! Seriously for the couple of hours (I will say 8) I read this book, the experience was so fun and amusing.  After reading The Miniturist, which was not the lightest novel I have read, the Fangirl was like light and airy like a Victoria Sponge. 

Plot: Just like any other contemporary, it follows the life of a quirky character, Cather, whose life takes some unexpected twists and turns. Cather is a fan fiction writer- one of the biggest fanfiction writers in the Simon Smow fandom. But her spunkier, more forward twin, Wren drags her from her comfy world and places her on a frightening place. University.

I though that the plot was refreshing and I found it a bit odd that a story like this hasn’t been written before because we are in the age of the fandom. The book itself was very fast paced with the plot and I never felt that is was dragging on at all. I liked how there were some side plots that didn’t interrupt the main plot or seem unnecessary. But some of the ends of these side plots were a little dodgey. I can’t really say a lot without spooling people…but yeah I actually can’t say a lot but the endings of some of the side plots (I hope any Fangirl fans know what talking about) weren’t very strong.

Characters: Cath is the most relatable character I have read. Yes she was still white, pretty and still of good proportions, but her personality was so me. It felt so weird to relate to a character so strongly from the way they she acts to the way that she talks. Her character arc, though a tad small I have to admit, was nicely done.

Levi. Where do I start about Levi. He’s the typical contemporary boyfriend to put it shortly. But I still loved him all the same. The the book said he smiled I smiled too and I felt that I really connected with him. Weirdly.

The last character I want to talk about is Reagan. She is a badass redhead who is Cath’s roomate. I was just really enjoyed the way Reagan interacted with Cath and Levi. So carefree and funny! Rowell really did well with her character.

What I liked:

The Characters definitely!

-The overall good feeling atmosphere 

-The extracts from Carry On and some writings from the Simon Snow series. I couldn’t get enough of them!

What I didn’t like:

Some of the side plot endings were weak

-Too small a character arc from main protagonist

Verdict: I reccomend this book to anyone who is a fan of some romance and who is in a fandom, or anyone who is just looking for a fast paced, light read. 

I’ll write soon.


7 thoughts on “Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

  1. Trisha Ann says:

    Great revirw! I like this book! Cath is very much like us but instead of writteng fanfics, we’re blogging haha! I didn’t like Simon Snow though but I’m hoping it will be better in Carry On. Are you going to read it too? 🙂


  2. Camryn says:

    I absolutely loved this book! I’ve dabbled in fanfiction myself, and liked how integrated that and fandom in general was to Cath’s character. Her name freaked me out a little though, because it makes me think of catheters. I was also so happy when “Carry On” was turned into a book, and thats actually what I’m reading right now.

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      • Camryn says:

        I’ve finished it and I love it. AHHHHH. I’ve already told all my IRL friends they have to read it – only to find out that two of them haven’t even read HARRY POTTER (i’m forcing them to) – and it was just so good.

        Cath was REALLY relatable. I read it with a book club and I got into the book the most, but I also think I was the most active in fandoms at the moment. (Hope I didn’t spoil the name for you! (my BFF is a med student so thats why I thought of it))

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      • A Stranger's Guide to Novels says:

        I’m glad you liked it! The book has definitely grown on me more! You keep on forcing your friends- they need to experience the roller coaster that is Harry Potter.
        I should definitely join a book club, they seem cool.
        Oh no wonder, I was thinking that was an odd thing to jump to 🙂


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