Friday, August 1, 2014

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

"Touching and utterly real." —  Publisher's Weekly 

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

Original title: Fangirl
Genre: Young adult, Contemporary Fiction
Publication date: September 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Read: June 2014
Pages: 446


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?

My review:
Cather is so relatable. She writes fan fiction like I do. She likes to read and she likes to fan girl over fictional characters and it's so cool! I think she's way better than her twin sister Wren. I see myself as Cath because she's the kind of girl who prefers to stay in her room to read, write or sleep. The kind of girl who doesn't really have a lot of friends and who doesn't like crowded places. I'm totally like her. 
Wren, I understand her decision to not be roommates with Cath and to move on from her childhood habits. She wants to experience new things and that's totally fine. I don't hate her character. I completely understand her and I just think a lot of people makes mistakes and they will eventually learn from it just like Wren. 
Levi, damn Levi is like the perfect guy! He works at Starbucks which I think is super cool. He's funny and whenever he's around, I can't stop smiling. When Cath needs help or anything like that, he's always there for her and that's so sweet. He likes it when Cath reads to him and I don't know if guys like him exist in real life but if they do, I want to be friends with them so badly. Everyone needs a friend like Levi, honestly. 

Raegan is Cath's roommate that can be mean at times but when you get to know her, she's a very nice person. She doesn't really care about some things. She's not dramatic or a girly slut and that's good.
Arthur is Cath and Wren's father who can be a little crazy sometimes but he cares a lot about his daughters and it's just nice to see the relationship they share. 

Like I said with my Eleanor & Park book review, she has a nice writing style but again, some scenes were just tedious.

It took me a while to get really intrigue in the story. When you get to the part where you have to read Cath's fan fiction that are great don't get me wrong but I was bored. I didn't really like reading Cath's fan fiction. I think it slowed the story down. Around the middle of the book, it gets a bit more interesting, then it slowed down again. I like some scenes but there were a lot of parts where it got really boring and I wanted to stop reading the book. 

About the author

Rainbow Rowell lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She's also the author of Eleanor & Park and Attachments.

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