***** (5 out of 5) · Books · Young Adult


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***** (5 out of 5)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


This book was awesome.  I loved it.

I don’t normally do synopsis’s but I want to write one for this book.  In my own words, here is a brief description:

Twins Wren and Cather (pronounced Cath) are going off to college.  Until now they have always been inseparable, but Wren wants to meet new people and experience college life.  They don’t room together and Cath is thrust into a scary new world.  As Wren goes out partying, Cath struggles with crippling anxiety.  One of her coping mechanisms is to write fanfic.  Unlike in her real life, online, Cath is wildly popular.  Her fanfic has won awards and has tons of followers.  Cath finds new friends in unexpected places, as she learns a lot about herself.  This coming of age story follows Cath through the twists and turns of going to college.

Cath and Wren go to University of Nebraska which is home to my BF’s favorite college football team.  I have actually been to a couple games there so that was cool.  Another random awesome thing was that there was a Suite Life of Zach and Cody reference.  I loved that show as a kid so its always fun to see it referenced.

Zach and Cody

I loved Cath so much.  I could totally relate to her.  Her anxiety is a lot worse than mine, but its so realistic.  You don’t read a lot of books where the main character has anxiety like that.  She is strong in her own way and its awesome.  She is also awkward around boys and I was super awkward my freshman year.

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My favorite part of the whole story was her first kiss with <boy’s name> (I’m not gonna spoil who it is!).  It was so awkward and cute and the way it described was absolutely perfect.  When reading romance novels the first kiss is always so strong, but not so realistic.  First kisses with someone new are always a little different, you are still learning how to work together.  First kisses are special.  I don’t know how to describe it but there is something wonderfully innocent in an actual first kiss.  I thought Rowell did such a good job writing that scene.

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In the book Cath writes a lot of gay fanfic.  Rowell actually published a book that is the fanfic that Cath is writing throughout Fangirl.  Its called Carry On.  I think that is really cool, but I am not sure I am going to read it.  I have absolutely no problem with gay people but I don’t really have any desire to read about a gay relationship.  I like to imagine myself into the story and it helps if I can relate to the main character and I just don’t see myself relating to a gay male.  (I’m a straight female.)  Then again, I might read it because I liked Fangirl so much that I want more.  Also its about mages and dragons which are always cool.

Carry On

Coincidentally this book related back to the last book I read (The Simplicity of Cider).  In both books the mom left suddenly when the girls were very young.  Then they had no contact until suddenly, in college the mom makes an attempt to re-unite.  I thought this was kind of funny that both books had this exact same scenario.

The relationships in Fangirl are so realistic.  Cath and her Sister, Cath and her roommate, Cath and her dad, Cath and her crush.  Every single one is believable and unique.  There are no generic players.  Everyone has a role and it comes together beautifully.

The only issue I had with the book was that the ending left a decently major loose end.  I got the feeling it was done on purpose, to let the reader decide, but I hate that, I want straight answers.  Other than that one loose end the book was perfect. I laughed and I cried and I couldn’t put it down.  I’m sad that its over but I am super glad I read it.  Its a really good book.




5 thoughts on “Fangirl

  1. I love this book! I also found Cath’s anxiety to be really relatable. I read Carry On even though I’m not really into LGBT romances in books either and I liked it ok. The Simon Snow parts were actually my least favorite part of Fangirl so Carry On was never going to be a favorite for me anyways.


  2. Hey, you made lots of good points here! The main reason why I love Rainbow Rowell’s novels is her characters always have relatable personalities, and their up and down moments are incredibly real to me. Cath acts the way I’ll act in the same situation. Even Reagan and Cath’s father, they sound pretty reasonable to me. Have you read “Elanor & Park” and “Attachments”? I love those books! I’m not excited about “Carry On” either, for the same reason as you.

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    1. Thanks! I haven’t read either of those books, but I have heard of Elanor & Park. I looked up Attachments and it looks really good! I added it to my TBR (which is huge so no promises that I will actually ever get to it 🙃 ) Since writing this review I read “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda” which I wasn’t too sure about for the same reasons but then I loved it and have re-thought my position on this. Now I kind of want to read Carry On and see if Simon was the exception or the rule.

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      1. You have to read Attachments! You’ll love it. Just recently I reread Attachments and like it even more. I cried and everything. It’s not a sad story though. I won’t spoil everything here LOL (hmm maybe I will write a review). And I’ll be looking forward to reading your review!

        About “Carry On” (which reminds me; I think theorangutanlibrarian has the review! and I’ve been wanting to read that): I like “I’ll Give You the Sun” a lot. I don’t mind LGBT theme at all, and when it comes to their struggle with family and society. But, I’m not excited about the love story main plot.

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      2. I will 😀 haha I cry during books all the time so that is not a negative for me! You should write a review! Let me know if you do and I will check it out! And that totally makes sense about Carry On. I don’t know much about it just what is mentioned in Fangirl.

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