Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
HardcoverSpecial Edition455 pages
Published May 12th 2015

This special edition includes fan art, a ribbon bookmark, a Q&A with the author, and an excerpt from her new book Carry On.

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
A New York Times Best Seller!

My thoughts…

Twin sisters, Cather and Wren, have been inseparable until their freshman year of college when Wren decides she doesn’t want to share a room with her sister, she wants to go out on her own. Cath is not only left without her sister, but also her best friend that she shared everything with.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan and a Simon Snow fan fiction writer. She writes the story called Carry On, it’s one of the most popular fan fictions out there.  Wren would help Cath with Carry On by editing and just giving ideas for upcoming chapters, but with Wren avoiding Cath, she’s all on her own.

Cath is an introvert whose discomfort with social settings leaves hiding within her fan fiction stories:  Cath's desire was to stay in her room, write fan fiction, eat protein bars and avoid the awkwardness of dining hall, until Cath’s roommate Reagan.  Reagan and Cath’s relationship was the most unexpected.  After a month of basically ignoring each other, Reagan drags Cath outside to the real world, showing her where the dining hall is, taking her to parties, and encouraging her to date Levi (Reagans high school boyfriend and friend).  It’s slow progress for Cath, who eventually comes out of her shell. 

I enjoyed the story on whole but I didn’t particularly care for her love interest Levi, those two together just didn’t seem to fit.  I also did not like excerpts about Simon Snow, I read the first excerpts and skipped the remaining, I just wasn’t interested because of that I will not be reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. 

Happy Reading ~ Jovi


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