Thursday, 20 February 2014


by Rainbow Rowell
Published: September 10th 2013 (hardback), January 30th 2014 (paperback)
Publisher: Pan MacMillian
Genre: YA, Contemporary

"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.

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?" - from Goodreads

Fangirl has been extremely raved about online and I was thrilled when I got my copy in the mail. The cover design is beautiful and eye-catching with its simplicity. However, enough about the cover, Rainbow Rowell is a New York Times bestseller but this was my first piece of her writing. The characters were all believable which was really refreshing seeing as most contemporary novels have over-written and fluffy characters. 

Cath is our main protagonist and she is a fan-fiction writer for a series much like our beloved Harry Potter. She is very much an introvert and occasionally her 'dedication' towards writing her fanfiction gets a little tedious. She and her twin sister Wren are moving to college, something that Cath is not too fond about. The story focuses on Cath really growing as a person and learning how to be more sociable. 

Wren is a fairly unlikeable and pretty undeveloped character. I'd really like to see either a small novel or companion novel from Wren's perspective as she is the polar opposite to Cath. Towards the end of the book you start to see why Cath is so devoted to her and begin to feel more of a connection towards her. 

The other secondary characters include, Levi, Reagan and Art. Levi is effectively the most perfectly un-perfect man you could wish to read about and I can certainly see why he has such a huge following. Reagan is another character who could have her own book and I think she is a brilliant addition to the book; she's not your average friendly character, but she reminds me so much of people I know in real life and I think she's really greatly written. Art is Wren and Cath's father and whilst there isn't too much about him seeing as the majority of the book is set in college, I feel like you know enough to decide that he is completely unstable and insignificant character. 

As I said before the best thing about this book is that the characters and the plot are so relatable, the writing isn't overly fluffy and over all just a pretty good read. I will definitely be checking out more of Rainbow Rowell's work in the future and whilst this book wasn't groundbreaking in the slightest it was fun, loveable and easy.


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