Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Page Count: 436
Published on:  September 10th 2013 
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre(s): Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Humor, Romance, YA, New Adult, Chick Lit
Source: Print: Hardback 
Age Rating: PG-14
Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon 

My Rating: 5 stars

Twitter: @rainbowrowell

Goodreads synopsis:

A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, 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 fanfiction, 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 that 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 fanfiction 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?


Hey guys!

        Fangirl is by far one of my all time favorite books ever. Fangirl is about Cath. Cath is a fangirl, and not just any fangirl she's a fan of Simon Snow. Simon Snow is "a series of...fantasy books...The books tell the story of Simon Snow, an 11-year old orphan from Lancashire who is recruited to attend the Watford School for Magicks to become a magician. As he grows older, Simon joins a group of magicians --the Mages-- who are fighting the Insidious Humdrum, an evil being trying to rid the world of magic..." (Fangirl: pg. 3). Cath is off to college, and her twin sister Wren is insisting that she wants to meet new people and distance herself from the Simon Snow fandom. Cath is way out of her comfort zone when it comes to living without her sister by her side. She has an unruly and wild roommate who's boyfriend lurks around more that Cath would prefer. She can't stop worrying about her father and her sister, and throughout the story she constantly asks herself "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?" (GR synopsis).

       I absolutely adore this book! I've read it twice now, and even reading it the second time, I felt so much emotion and I fell in love with Rainbow's characters and the story. I feel so close to Cath, I relate to her. I'm going off to college this next fall and my twin sister may be going to a different college than me...I feel like Cath and I are one in the same in some respects. I also think that Wren is kind of like my sister Sarah, though my sister doesn't drink and isn't as wild as Wren, I see the close relationship that Wren and Cath have and it reminds me of Sarah and I. Now! On to Levi! Holy cow! I love Levi. He's basically the perfect person for Cath, and he's basically the perfect guy. It's commonly known that boys in books are the best haha.  

       Rainbow's writing is perfect. Every word of this book was positively perfect. Her characters are amazingly perfect and so well written. I understood every action that took place throughout the book. Rainbow didn't leave anything unfinished or underdeveloped. I never felt as if she dragged the book on, even thought the book is 436 pages. 

       Rainbow addressed many different topics that need to be addressed in YA fiction. She addressed family/domestic issues and anxiety. Though these are quite heavy subjects, this book is actually really upbeat and Rainbow handled the topics exceptionally well. I feel like I learned a little more about them. I empathize with her characters and I love them even more for their insecurities and faults. 

       I also loved that Rainbow Rowell included snippets of the Simon Snow books and the snippets of the fanfiction written by Wren and Cath. Some do not enjoy the little passages, but I adored them. It made me desperately want the Simon Snow books. 

Blogger's Note: Rainbow wrote Simon & Baz's story in her newest book Carry On. Carry On is the title of the fanfiction that Cath was continually writing in Fangirl. It's actual name is "Carry On, Simon" but it was refered as Carry On in the book. When I found out that it was being written in November of 2014 I was over the moon. I just finished Carry On last night (10/20/2015), and I will have a review up on Thursday (10/29/2015). 

My Favorite Character(s): Levi & Cath
My Least Favorite Character(s): Wren & Cath's mom and Nick

If You Love __#__, You Will Love Fangirl!

Enjoy and happy reading!

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