Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl - Rainbow RowellPublisher: St. Martin’s Press (September 10th 2013)
Hardcover: 448 pages
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 admit, I was a little scared to read this book. I mean, this book is about a fangirl, with an adorable cover by Gingerhaze. It’s definitely sounds relatable. And than reviews were coming out and people were loving it and than I started thinking…what if this book didn’t live up to my expectation, or what if I didn’t like!? I would be so sad and disappointed. So I keep pushing it down the to-be-read list until my best friend was like, read it, it’s great. And I did, and it was awesome.

Cath is a twin and she’s the quiet twin. Well she’s more than just quite, she’s kind of got anxiety problems. And now, to follow her sister Wren, she’s starting college. Cath is pretty relatable. I mean, I’m not terrible at socializing but it’s pretty easy to see what she rather be alone to write or read. I loved following Cath’s growth over the book as she conquers her fears.

He smiled at her. It was one of those smiles that made her think he might be flirting.

Smiling is confusing, she thought. This is why I don’t do it.

And I love the relationships she builds with her roommate Reagan. I was expecting the awkward/mean girl relationship between Cath and Reagan and instead we get totally awkward (best) friend vibes that’s super cute and that is  actually good for Cath’s self-esteem (and her diet, since Reagan made her eat real food instead of just protein bars for a month). I also quite adored Levi. He’s such a gentlemen. And he only did one kinda stupid thing in the book, otherwise he was amazing. He walks her home (always), he’s so patient with her, he’s always there for her and they’re just so sweet together.

“I’m trying to figure out why you wear all black sometimes.”

“Maybe I’m really gothy and dark” – he smiled- “but only on certain days.” Cath couldn’t imagine Levi ever being gothy and dark; he had the smilingest face she’d ever seen. He smiled all the way from his chin to his receding hairline. His forehead wrinkled up, his eyes twinkled. Even his ears got into the action – they twitched, like a dog’s.

It was also interesting watching Cath and Wren’s relationship change as they grew apart at times but than also grow closer together in the end. Cath’s relationship with her dad was particularly heartwarming. I’m glad Cath realized that some friendships and family members were worth working and fighting for and which ones were only hurting her.

I feel like I’m not expressing how much I love Fangirl adequately. It was such a delightful and sweet read. Fangirl is a perfect coming-of-age story. There’s lot of endearing moments, hilarious moments and great references. But more than that, there are real moments. Those ones that most people have to deal with in their life and that’s what gives this story more depth than just another college-flick romance. Fangirl or not, it’s definitely worth checking out.

She bent over to pick up her glasses.

“Do you need those?” Reagan asked?

“Yes” – Cath put them on- “I need them to keep me from becoming the girl in She’s All That.”

PS. We actually get snippets of Cath’s Simon Snow fanfics that she writes. They’re pretty entertaining, though there’s still some of the stories that I want to know how it ends!


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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell”

  1. I’m actually loving the idea of reading her fanfics most hehe. I bet they’re hilarious 😀

    I’m a bit nervous to read this too, after seeing this everywhere. I really hope I’m not going to be the odd one out, who ends up feeling letdown. Fingers crossed I love it as much as you did, because it’s coming up on my schedule soon 😀

    1. They were pretty awesome 😉

      I hope you love it! It’s definitely a sweet, fun read. I just toned down my expectations a bit and it was great (and it probably lived up to my original high expectations haha)

  2. I want to know how Cath’s fanfiction ends too!

    1. Especially the one with the rabbits!

  3. Ahh, I saw it today and was in with the buy one get one half price, but I only had enough money with me to buy the one I’d reserved (otherwise, you know, I’d spend waaay too much.) But, that just means another trip. 😉 That’s what I’m feeling like though, I want to read it, but I’m scared because of the hype, I’m worried I won’t like it because of that. But eek, glad you enjoyed it, now I’m pretty sure I will. It’s seems like a pretty quotable one, too. So that’ll be fun. 🙂

    1. Haha, yes budgeting or else it’ll get waaaay out of hand.
      Just go for it! I though it was a really sweet, fun read. And yup, lots of cute quotes 😉
      I hope you enjoy it!!

  4. Sounds totally enjoyable Cyn, I love the quotes you posted which means I have to read this soon! I bought a hardcover of it and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I guess we can all relate to Cath a little.

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