Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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 though their mother leaving.

[Now that they’re leaving for college] Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fanfiction, but Catch can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. 

This book was another iffy one for me. I usually dislike “Modern” fiction (by that I mean book that take place in the modern era), but Fangirl was definitely somethin’ else- in my opinion- it was even better than Eleanor & Park <<{click this out to see that review in a new window}. The one and only problem with Eleanor & Park was not writing, not the characters, not the plot. It was just that.. well… it was a romance novel. The only reason I found myself  still loving it as much as I do was because it soon became more than just a story of star crossed lovers. It was more than just a romance novel. 

And if Eleanor & Park was more than a romance novel, Fangirl is much much more.

I tremendously enjoyed Fangirl, probably due to the fact that I could relate so absolutely with Cath. No, I don’t have an identical (yet hotter) twin sister. No, my roommates ex-boyfriend isn’t crushing on me. 

But Cath. Cath was quite shockingly, a literal carbon copy me. I’m sitting here, on a Friday night, typing out book reviews under my covers that probably nobody will read (not that I’m calling you nobody). 

I was pleasantly in awe to find that Rowell was skilled enough to spin a character as complicated and real enough to pass a an actual human being. Because in most books, I usually have the shy girl, the introvert, the plain Jane, or there would be the badass, fierce, self reliant, sure of herself, Celaena Sardothien type girl. 

Cath is exactly like me-like most humans. Not lableable, not categorization, with a million difference layers of personalities that don’t even have a word for them. She considers herself an introvert, and claims that she “hates people,” but in the book, I really got to see Cath’s interacting from a third person point of view and honestly speaking, she isn’t a spacey, non sociable person. In fact, in some scenes she’s an intelligent, opinionated, almost humorous persona. 

I love Cath. She’d be the kind of person I would want to just walk up to and give a big random hug. How Reagon said it: “You’re a sad little hermit, and it creeps me out.”

Speaking of Reagon. She was another character I loved. Okay, don’t call me weird but I kind of this weird, creepy, obsession over the Cath x Reagon cannon. Is it just me??

She’s the only actual friend Cath ever makes (boyfriends and twin sisters don’t count).

You know what. I love every character in this book. The Nick and Cath library relationship reminded me of writing with my friends, the Dad, Wren and Cath home relationship was something I could totally relate to since no family is perfect, and the Levi and Cath awkward start of a relationship was an awesome first love story that just made me happy.

Fangirl is the perfect book for any average fangirl. It was just so so so relateable on so many different levels, and  I fell hard for Rainbow Rowell’s raw writing style.

I give this book 4.7 STARS.

Go read Fangirl! Now!!

Review by Annabel Lee

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