Fangirl No Spoiler Book Review

by - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a very popular book and I have no doubt most teenagers have read it already. However, on the slight chance that not everyone has read it, I decided to do a spoiler free book review! 

About the book. 

Book: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 445
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Synopsis: 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?

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Age Group: Young Adult novel however can be read by anyone 12+

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My thoughts. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a heart warming and relatable story. I loved the idea of fan-fiction and being happier and more social on the Internet than in real life. I also liked the little bits of fan-fiction that was sprinkled throughout the book between chapters. The story is well written because it uses the idea of 'showing rather than telling' extremely well. Rainbow Rowell uses the actions of the characters to indicate how they feel rather than saying 'she felt sad' or 'she felt happy'. The book also focused on twin bonds between Cath and Wren which I haven't seen much of in books. It portrays how Cath feels more like an extension of her twin rather than her own person and how, after getting to college, everything changes. 

The characters in the book are excellent because they are very 3-D and you can see them literally bouncing off the pages. Cath, the main character is an introvert who would rather spend time with her laptop, sister and Dad at home than go to a party and meet new people. She is quiet and reserved at the beginning but as the book continues, we see her come out of her shell more as she talks to Regan her roommate and Levi, a friend of Regan's. We get to see the funny, more outgoing side of her (emergency dance party anyone?) as well as the insecure parts.

Levi is another one of my favourite characters for his sunny personality. We are introduced to Levi at the very start and from the beginning, he has always been such a fun and bright person. He is always friendly, to everyone and he goes out of his way to make people feel special, a quality which is very admirable. I loved how nice and easy going he was and how he and Cath were opposite yet so similar at the same time. Levi is also very understanding. He understands Cath's love for fanfiction (more specifically Simon Snow) and her lack of ability to socialize and be normal.

The three things I loved most about this book were the fact that it is all about writing and books (both of which I adore), Cath is a very relatable character to me because I too, would rather get lost in the world of books than have to face real life and last but not least because of the way Rainbow Rowell wrote the relationship between Cath and Levi.

The characters in this book had problems which we find out pretty much at the start of the book. Cath had problems with her social anxiety, the fact she doesn't like change, with her father, mother and sister. The third thing that I loved most about the book, which Rainbow Rowell did was make Cath an independent protagonist. Even though she had Levi in her life, he was not the one who solved all her problems. He didn't just come in, sweep her off her feet and everything got better. No. Cath solved her own problems. She might have gotten help and support from Levi but she did it herself and that is the third and absolute thing I loved best.

I find that most books introduce a protagonist, introduce a problem, introduce a love interest and then boom, the problem is gone, which is highly unrealistic. Real life does not work that way and it's time authors portray realistically. I want to see more strong female protagonists like Cath in other books who solve their own problems rather than the love interest doing it for them. It leads to a better story.

This book is also perfect for aspiring writers because you see Cath's writing journey and how she progresses from writing for fun to writing more for her audience to writing for professors and with friends.

Fangirl is an excellent, heart-warming, coming of age story that is an absolute must read! It is one of my favourite books and you can tell I love it based on how much I've wanted to talk about it in my review!

If you do read it, leave me a comment below letting me know what you thought about it so we too can fangirl (ha see what I did there?) about Fangirl! 

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