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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Book Review


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The question is…. How to put into words your thoughts on a book that draws you in keeps you there, in its heart, which fast becomes a place you never want to leave?

Beautifully written, sensitive, funny with the best kind of weird, nerdy, messed-up characters with issues, who fall in love over the course of one year. I love that Levi, who is such a great, patient boyfriend also messes up and is not perfect which makes him all the more real.

I wonder how long it would have taken me to find the underworld of fan fiction writing if I hadn’t picked up this book…  5 Star

Recommended age: 14+

Title:  Fangirl
Author: FangirlRainbow Rowell
Publication Date: 10 September 2013
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Source: Purchased

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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?
— Extract from Goodreads.com


  1. wanderingrls96

    I’m currently reading this one. And yeah your review helps me a lot. thanks for doing this. :))

  2. I’m so glad you loved this one! It’s honestly one of my all time favorite books, it’s just one of those books that completely speaks to me, you know? I even joke with my brothers that it’s my bookish bible! =)

    Great review!

  3. This was a really special read. I think a lot of us in the blogosphere loved this book because we could relate to Cath so much. There are a lot of readers who are socially awkward, maybe not as bad as Cath (I mean, survive on bars for three months?), but still to a certain extent, and I thought that was done really well.

  4. I really want to read a book by Rainbow Rowell! I don’t know whether I would really like a book about fanfiction that much, so I’m thinking about reading Eleanor & Park first. If I really enjoy that one I might give this one a try as well!

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