Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: May 12, 2015
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Synopsis: 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Cover: The pink collector’s edition is so pretty. Levi and Cather are just… And Baz and Simon. It just really captures the novel. It basically captures what being a fangirl is all about. Computers and boys. I like the simplicity.
Characters: Cather. Such an original name. I liked her. Cather was real. I could picture her in my mind, see her as she was writing. She reminded me a lot of myself. And she had real issues. A great lead as always Rowell.
I love the name Wren. Also, I love the pen name Wrenegade. I wish I could do something cool like that with my name. TBH, I hated Wren for the first part of the novel. She was a brat. She ditched Cather. But she started to grow on me. Her nerdiness peaked through.
Levi seemed like an interesting character. Leviher (ship name’s not working) was adorable. I loved them together. Every scene they were in made me stare at the page with a stupid grin on my face. I loved them.
Plot: I’ve finally read it! I put it off, reading reviews of it, but I couldn’t wait any longer. I checked it out at the library and I read it. It took me two days.
Fangirls are something you don’t hear a lot about in the real world. A lot of people have no idea what one is. I do because I am one personally but it was really cool to read something new. Fangirl was refreshing. It really captured the concept and what it was like to be a fangirl. Rowell was spot on.
I loved the writing aspect. It actually gave a lot of advice to an aspiring author like myself.
I can’t make it through this review without mentioning Baz and Simon. I loved them! Their story was just amazing, I want to write fanfiction about them. I wish GTL was a real author. We need more greatness in the world.
Ending: So sweet. So very, very sweet. The books, the boys, the fanficiton. It just ended perfectly. I also loved what Wren said about having a happy ending :)
Overall: Fangirl was a great book. Rowell always writes real things. I love it! Rowell’s writing style is interesting. In a review I read, they mentioned something about her use of parenthetical (Is that a word? It sounds smart.) sentences. They added humor to the story. Also, her thought process peeks through her words. Her style is unique. Also, she’s very inspiring. After reading Fangirl, it made me want to work on my own story. Everyone needs to read Fangirl. You won’t regret it. Now to Carry On.
About the Author
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.
When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.
She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.