Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

fangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Series: N/A
Published by: St. Martin’s Press on September 10th 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 433
Source: Bought- Hardcover


My Rating: 5 stars2

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

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?

Cath and Wren are twin sisters that are about to start their freshman year of college. Simon Snow is something they’ve grown up with (like how everyone has grown up with Harry Potter.. excluding me). They both have read the books, re-read the books, and seen the movies a billion times. They read and write fanfiction. But, as they’ve started college, they’ve started to drift apart. Wren has started drifting apart from Simon Snow, but Cath can’t seem to let go but doesn’t have any intentions of doing so any time soon. Once they move into their dorms, Wren has made it clear to Cath that she doesn’t want them to be roommates. Without the company of her sister, Cath feels completely alone. She has always done everything with her sister. Now she is forced to move on with her life. But can she? Will she sacrifice loosing Simon Snow?

my thoughts 2Okay, wow. This book was amazing.. This was my first Rainbow Rowell book and I’m super impressed with it. It’s definitely one of my favorite books of 2013. I loved the fact that I could relate to the story so much!

Okay, I have to admit this… I have never read Harry Potter in my life. Don’t hurt me… When I was younger I watched the first movie and wasn’t a big fan. All I remember were the massive spiders and it freaked me out. Since then I’ve never felt that I wanted to read Harry Potter. I don’t know if I ever will. Okay, getting off track.

I can not begin to tell you how much I could relate to this book! I found myself so much like Cath in some aspects. When we are introduced to all these characters– Reagan, Levi, Wren, their dad, and others I would keep finding things that were similar in my life. I love when I can connect this much with the story and the characters. I felt that Cath and Levi’s relationship is very similar to the one I have with my boyfriend. Levi is a farm-raised country boy… Well, so is my boyfriend. Cath is very kept to herself and loves books (Simon Snow in particular) as well as bit of a nerd. Well, so am I. She gets all nervous around Levi. I did the same thing with my boyfriend.. And the list goes on.

I felt that I was living the book as I was reading it. It was that realistic.

If you haven’t picked up this book, I HIGHLY recommend you pick it up.

favorite quotes“Internet friends don’t count.”

“Why not?”

Reagan shrugged disdainfully.

“And I don’t have a weird thing with Simon Snow,” Cath said. “I’m just really active in the fandom.”


“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”


“Reagan was sitting up at Cath’s desk when Cath woke up.
“Are you awake?”
“Have you been watching me sleep?”
“Yes, Bella. Are you awake?”


“But you’re so helpless sometimes. It’s like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”


6 thoughts on “Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

  1. Love the quotes, I particularly liked the part at the beginning when Cath said the reason she loved to write was “to disappear”. I desperately need to read this book, even though I’ve only read a sample of two or three chapters I already feel like I can relate the the character so much like how she isn’t a fan of huge parties and socialising and is obsessed with fandoms. Great review, thanks for sharing!

    • YES! I think it was the first quote I listed that was my all time favorite. I literally burst out laughing. Cath is one of those characters I’m sure a lot of people can relate to. She was such an amazing character and easy to relate to. Rainbow Rowell did such a fantastic job creating Cath as well as the other characters and talk about fanfiction. :)

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