Book Review: Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Format: ebook

Synopsis:  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?

Review:  Of all the books I’ve read this year, Fangirl is probably my favourite.

Me, this entire book.

As a sidenote, I am a fangirl. Fandom is something I get and something I love. I grew up in the Hanson fandom and still have friends I only met because we were fans of the same fanfiction. You might think that’s weird, but Rainbow Rowell doesn’t. So, that might be the reason that I found the story relatable and compelling. I think, though, that the characters in Fangirl are realistic enough that even readers who don’t see themselves as fangirls, will find someone with whom to identify in this story.

One thing I really like about the way Rowell writes is that her characters are flawed in a very relatable ways. I like the way her love interests aren’t all absurdly attractive. They are normal, often average-looking people and they do stupid things and they are still worthy of love that actually feels like real-life love.

I guess there are people in the world who wouldn’t like Fangirl, but I can’t imagine that those people are reading my blog. Read it.

Oh – I found out after reading it that the Simon Snow parts of the book are narrated by Max Caulfield, aka Rex Manning.

say no more, mon amore

So, obviously I’m going to have to consume this book all over again as an audiobook.

GoodReads || Amazon || Audible

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