Thu, September 12, 2013

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Review

Fangirl book cover

Fangirl book cover

Fangirl
By Rainbow Rowell
Publication date: Sept. 10, 2013
St. Martin’s Press, 433 pages
Source: Publisher

From the author the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park

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?

— Goodreads.com description

I adore Rainbow Rowell. Everything about her stories — from Attachments to Eleanor and Park and now Fangirl — feels so FRESH.

Fangirl is a particularly lovely story, taking on the challenges of college in a much more realistic way than any of the other “new adult” novels I’ve read lately. It’s not an easy transition for anyone, and oy does Cath have a rough go of it.

Cath is very…different…but in this book, that’s not a bad thing. I really love that it celebrates her quirk, her wallflower nature and her love of writing and all things fanfiction.

Yes, portions of the story are actual pieces of the fanfiction Cath writes. If you are a geek girl (like moi), you will likely love this. If you aren’t familiar with or down with fanfiction, I do suggest you start with her other books first and work your way here.

As you can tell, though, for me the blend of romance, family issues and friendship challenges worked like a charm! As my friend Shanyn put it, “I wouldn’t mind reading this for forever.”

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Katie’s Book Blog said:

    This looks like just the book for me! There’s not enough out there about fangirls – plenty of other geeky characters, but not quite in the same way as me. I haven’t actually written fanfiction since I was a teenager, but it’s a thing I can certainly identify with. Alas, this book is not yet published in the UK and I am averse to using Amazon for shopping. I’ll just have to be patient.

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  2. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    The Outsiders read-aloud. Best scene ever. I think I loved this one more than E+P. I could definitely read it forever!

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    Maria Reply:

    Chapter 15. Yes. So much yes.

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  3. We Heart YA said:

    Omg so lucky! We are dying to get this book. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  4. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I loved this book. I agree, Cath was definitely different, and there were times I wanted to shake her and say “Just go to the dining hall already!” But the author does a good job of showing how much of an adjustment college is for most people. I do wish there were more inbetween people (not complete shut-ins and not complete wasted party people) but I guess Levi and Reagan filled those roles (and Jandro as well). I still haven’t read E&P but I will soon!

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  5. Sash from Sash and Em said:

    WEH! Why am I the UGLY DUCKLING right now?! This one (and E + P) just didn’t work for me.
    🙁

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    Anna Reply:

    Girl!

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  6. Shannon said:

    Ooh I didn’t know she had another book out! Sounds interesting! Awesome review!

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  7. Kelly.r said:

    I’m reading Eleanor and Park right now!

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  8. Sarah/appifanie said:

    I heard all the E&P buzz but didn’t read it, but I found Attachments at the library, read it, and loved it. Then I won an ARC of Fangirl, read it, loved it. I bought my own copy of E&P today b/c my crazy library doesn’t have it. BRING ON ALL THE RAINBOW.

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  9. Brianna said:

    I read another glowing review of this yesterday and I’ve heard good things about her other books. This sounds like a fun read.

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  10. kimberlyfaye said:

    I have to agree with your friend Shanyn. I, too, could read this book forever. I loved the world-within-a-world writing. The fanfic allowed me to embrace my inner-nerd girl. Rainbow actually has a signing at a bookstore in DC next week and I. Can’t. Wait. to go.

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  11. J.P. Grider said:

    Wow. I love the sound of this book. What a novel idea – to write about fan fiction. I think I’ll go buy this right now.

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