Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Hey everyone!
Happy New Year! I recently read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and thought it would be appropriate to do a review on. This will be spoiler-free. Goodreads.

"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?"

I really enjoyed this book! I don't read much contemporary, just because it's not my absolute favorite genre, but I still really liked this book. The characters were all really great. I found the main character, Cath, to be very relatable. Levi was really cool and weirdly adorable. Reagan was just what this story needed-she added good humor and a bit of a different tone to the book. I liked the Wren who would help Cath write her fanfiction, not the one who would go out crazy partying. But by the end of the story, I did like her, too! The writing was also nice. It wasn't poetic nor choppy, but just a really nice in between. The Simon Snow excerpts were really fun to read and compare them to Harry Potter. So this was a great first Rainbow Rowell book and I look forward to reading more!

Thanks for reading, Kait

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