Fangirl - Book Review

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Started: May 6, 2015 | Finished: May 13, 2015

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 10, 2013
Genre: YA, contemporary 
Pages: 433
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1

A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, 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 fanfiction, 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 that 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 fanfiction 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?
Rating: 5/5 

My Review:

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! It was right up my alley! I identified with Cath so much in so many ways. Her fangirl lifestyle, and her anxieties. Obviously there was some things I didn't identify with, but I understood her so well. I'm going to miss her, and all the other characters in this book.

I immediately loved Levi, and Reagan was so cool. I liked Wren, and the sisters bond and the drama between them. Their dad was cool, and I loved Cath's relationship with him. Honestly, I just got so invested in all these characters this past week and I'm defintiely going to re-read this one at some point in my life.

I actually enjoyed the fanfiction element of the book. I liked that it was basically Harry Potter, but with different characters and a different world. I've been reading fanfiction since I was in the 7th grade, so around 12 or 13. I don't read as much as I use to anymore, but I completely get it. There's also really talented writers out there, some I call my best internet friends, who I'm so lucky to have "met" through fanfiction and the internet.

I can't express just how much I loved and connected with book enough. I love love loved it!!!

Have you read Fangirl? What are your thoughts on it?

Thanks for reading!!



  1. One of my favorite books!!! Did you know that Rainbow Rowell is actually writing the Carry On fanfic into a book to release??!!

    1. I just found out yesterday when I was at the mall! I saw the new red Fangirl editions, and saw the sneak peek for Carry On on the cover. I didn't read it, but I assumed it had something to do with the fanfic! That is so cool!!


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