Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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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?


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

What can I say... I was in wonderstruck when I finished these pages I just need to think of how to write up my feeling into words. How can I put all the giggles, smiles, and sad faces into just one single review. Well it's simple... I love this book! More than wonderful, amazing it’s magnificent.

The characters in these pages pulled me in, filled me up with joy. Cather was easy to understand because we are alike in so many ways. We grew up with a fan base we don't ever, want or plan on leaving behind; and having to learn how to put that fan base into ‘grown up’ lives.

Also, I have a crazy sister like Wren. We grow up together and so we have that bond; like Wren and Cather. I felt like I understand the sister drama more in this book; than any other book I’ve read about sisters.

I think this books shows what it is like for many teens going to college in today's world with all the fan base. I think that being a fan is more than just enjoying something in today’s world. This book is a great way to show how much something, like a book can play such an important part in life. It's also a great story of growing up and learning about who you are and why life must change and why people change. This story shows that just because you're growing up doesn't mean you have to leave behind things you love.

The characters play off each other. There are a few twists I didn’t see coming but it just made the story that much better. The end I found sad because it took me back to when I got the last Harry Potter book and how it made me feel. My eye burned when thinking of that and how they must feel too.

If you're a fan of something and heading into adulthood this is great read. Or even if you know someone who's a huge fan of something, and you don't understand, this book will give you a little look into what it is like for them.

So with all this said, Fangirl is My favorite book by Rainbow Rowell.

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