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Book Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 445
Published: September 10, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
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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?


I really don’t have any idea what this story is all about. Is it going to be romance? It’s my first time reading a book from the author but it was recommended by a friend (well, not specifically this story for I got this copy because I was intrigued with the story and the reviews I’ve read from goodreads), so I guess it’s going to be good eh? But so far, it was so well written.

It’s just the first chapter but it already piqued my curiosity because the characters here were twins! (I have this weird fetish with twins, especially if they’re identical twins of different genders). They’re identical but with the same genders, how cool is that? And how low could I be? Well, I’m born weird so please bear with me, haha.

When I was starting with the story, I don’t know what exactly I’ve felt, because normally when I read a story I easily get bored if the author wont give me what I want. But in this story, I don’t know. I don’t exactly know at all. All I know is that it was so well written and to my surprise I didn’t yawn even once while reading it. There’s just something in this book that will make you focus and feel content.

I also love how the author used very easy to grasp words in this story, and the scenes and of course the plot were refreshing to me. Not too much romance, not cliché, and will not make your heart beat faster because of the suspense, but will make you enjoy the story base solely on how simple it is written. I’m sure literary and aspiring writers can relate and enjoy this story. But I’m sure even if you’re not a writer or just a simple folk like me, you’ll absolute enjoy it too.

It was also refreshing because it made me feel like I am on a vacation for feeling any hatred towards its antagonist because obviously, there’s nothing in here, though I was annoyed a bit to a jerk which name we’ll hide as Nick (haha, I could get so mean ya know). But it was just a petty hatred because all those negative vibe that this Nick guy exudes was suddenly erased by Levi! He’s not actually my type (not really that impressed with his physical appearance as introduced in this story, haha choosy me) but I love his character. And also how could I forget? This book doesn’t just talk about writing, being a fangirl (though I think Simon Snow’s story reminds me of Harry Potter), a little romance, but will also tackles about family. Isn’t this book just amazing?!

See? It’s absolutely different from the book I usually read, and now I am excited to read her other book Eleanor & Spark which was the exact book that was recommended to me by a friend. (Insert squeal of excitement here)

For its characters, I don’t really have any complaints at all. They are all relatable and so easy to picture out, and I really salute the author in that one! Not sugary coated so the characters are very realistic. There isn’t so many characters and their names are familiar although the twins name were quite clever (Cather and Wren, isn’t that just wow? haha) so the characters are so easy to keep track of.

Of all the kind words I’ve said above, I should have given it 5-star rating eh? But it’s my first time from the author, so I think I’ll leave the remaining 1 star for any improvements.

Read this story and unleash the fangirl in you.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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