Saturday, 28 December 2013

'Fangirl' by Rainbow Rowell: A Book Review


I've been on a reading spree lately, because that's my Christmas gift to myself, and...

 'Fangirl' was such a good book! :D

The novel is about a fangirl, Cath, who is obsessed with the story of the boy wizard, Simon Snow. She is better known as 'Magicath' in the world of fanfiction - the world where she truly feels like she belongs.
But what happens when she finds herself in a completely alien environment... college? As she deals with the  changing behaviour of her twin sister Wren, the charming affections of her roommate's boyfriend, and her anti-fanfiction professor, Cath realises that sometimes real life can be much crazier than fiction.
So is she prepared to get out of her comfort zone and deal with it? Is she ready to rewrite her life, even if it means leaving the world of Simon Snow behind?

As you may already know, I am a fangirl, too, so naturally this book spoke to me. I found myself being able to relate to Cath throughout the story, laughing at her self-depracating humour and gushing over the boy-next-door, Levi. Every chapter ends with an excerpt from the world of 'Simon Snow' (which seems to be loosely based on Harry Potter), and even those parts interested me thoroughly.

Cath writes fanfiction about Simon and his roomate/rival, Baz, and their chemistry reminds me of the famous OTP known as 'Drarry' (Draco/Harry). There are multiple references to Harry Potter, and that just pulled me right into the world of Fangirl. (One part talks about the fourth Simon Snow movie, where all the actors have longer hair - this made me chuckle. The Goblet of Fire, anyone?)

I don't usually react to books so much, but this one had me laughing out loud, gasping over sudden revelations and sighing at the sweet romance.
The dialogues are crisp, funny and relatable. Here are some of my favourite lines:

Cath (to Levi): “How do you not like the Internet? That's like saying, 'I don't like things that are convenient. And easy. I don't like having access to all of mankind's recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don't like light. And knowledge.' There are other people on the Internet. It's awesome. You get all the benefits of 'other people' without the body odor and the eye contact.”

As far as Reagan was concerned, Cath was already problematically weird. "It's bad enough that you have homemade Simon Snow posters," Reagan had said last night while she was getting ready for bed. "Do you have to have gay homemade Simon Snow posters?"
Cath had looked up at the drawing over her desk of Simon and Baz holding hands. "Leave them alone," she said. "They're in love.” 

This is the only book written by Rowell that I've read, but you can bet that I'm going to read the rest of her work, too. She has a flair for writing, that's for sure. Her characters are funny, emotional, and... real.
Levi, especially. He's not described as particularly attractive, he doesn't have the best grammar, and he isn't a bookworm.
But he and Cath really bond when she starts reading to him. Maybe he's not crazy about books, but you can tell how crazy he is about her because of the way he hangs on to every single thing she says. The characters don't need to tell you how they feel about the other person. Rowell's writing does that for them.

The only part of the book that left me slightly disappointed was the ending. I had been expecting something dramatic, something out of the blue, but the way it ended so peacefully left me wanting more. Rowell's writing may be classified as fiction, but it's stark reality, too. There is no sweeping declaration of love. There is only purity, and happiness.

I really, really didn't want this book to end. There's no sequel, unfortunately, and the Simon Snow books do not actually exist. But if they did, I would definitely be part of that fandom. :D

I'm going to go with 4.5 stars out of 5 for this book. 

It's the sweetest, most real college love story I've ever come across. Whether you're a fangirl or not, you're sure to love this book. So give it a try!

If you've already finished reading Fangirl, let me know: what did you think of it? What were your favourite dialogues?

Also, inspired by this book, I started writing my own fanfiction. Click here if you're interested!
Until next time, bookworms!

Here are some other books I've reviewed:
'The Perfect Match' by Kristan Higgins
'Allegiant (Divergent #3)' by Veronica Roth


  1. Nice book review! I've actually wanted to read this book, to be honest! :)

    1. You really should! It's such a good book.
      I'm suffering from withdrawal issues right now. I tried reading a new series, but I couldn't get Fangirl out of my head. XD


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