Fangirl Review

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (Macmillan)

Flap Copy:

“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? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?”

So I hopped on the Rainbow Rowell love a little late. I had been toying with the idea of reading this book for a while, but you know how it goes, so many books, so little time. But I decided to take the plunge and download the eBook. Side note: eBooks feel like not as much of a commitment. I can just read it on my phone as I wait for the train or during lunch.

My pet peeves with this book were all the Simon Snow excerpts. We get, she is a fan. It did not need an excerpt t the end of every chapter. I felt like that wasted space could have actually gone into more story.

I have to say, I know someone like Cath and it was a nice change to read about an introvert. I loved the attraction between Cath and Levi (the always around boyfriend); it was sweet. I just wish, instead of having those dang excerpts, we got some actual meat on that relationship instead of the entire lovey dovey relationship.

Elements of this book worked for me: the new roommate, the issues with her sister. Those were all great. But I feel like I wanted other aspects explored as well. Cath’s issues with her mother: she writes a short story about it and yet, I did not see the full scope of that piece of writing.

Would I have acquired this? Maybe. Rowell’s approach to plot makes me feel the same way as I do about my mom’s creamed spinach: not sure if I like it, but darn if I will stop until I know.


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