Friday, 4 October 2013

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 433
Format: Kindle ebook
Published: 2013
Goodreads rating: 4.34/5
My Rating: 8/10

Synopsis from 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?


There's a lot about this book that I loved, so let me begin with those points. 
I loved that there were a lot of references to the world of fanfiction (because I like fanfiction a lot). I liked the nerdiness of the characters, and in general I loved the characters. Especially Levi. I felt like they were all written really well and that's always a bonus in a book.

I loved the quick pacing. The drama with Cath's family, and the relationship story line as well.

I loved that this was a story about a writer. I always enjoy reading stories about people who love to read and write.

I loved that this was a book set in college, because mostly the YA I read is set in high school.

I loved the writing style and the way it was funny and interesting and kept me wanting to read more and more.

Now moving on to where is lost the two rating points. Well, I have to admit that I did skip over reading the excerpts of the fanfiction. I just wasn't interested in that, but I didn't feel like it detracted from the story not reading those bits.

I also felt like some parts ended a little abruptly, like the story line with her mom. 

Overall though this was a really enjoyable book, and I highly recommend it.

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