Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Review can also be found on my Tumblr and Goodreads.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Again, another fantastic recommendation from my co-worker(s)! Absolutely fantastic. I’ve been wanting to read stories about college students that are, how should I phrase this, super focused on the romance and/or only about a girl liking a guy she feels like she shouldn’t like. Not only was Fangirl not the case, it was also a lovely way to take a break from all the dystopias I’ve been reading.

Cath, the main character, is a wind of fresh air (yes, wind). She’s dorky, but not too dorky. She’s pretty average without the author saying “Hey, she’s not like other girls because she’s average and likes to stay in and read fanfiction.” I’ve noticed there’s this trend of thinking. Not so much in books, but just an overall idea expressed by girls. As if wanting to party, hanging out with people, and shopping is such a bad thing.

But, I am getting off topic. Cath is obessesed with Simon Snow which is obviously parody of Harry Potter. The first page was so clearly Harry Potter, my face hurt from smiling so much. Cath writes slash fanfiction with the Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy versions of Simon Snow, and she has gained a huge following. Throughout the novel, we read sections from her fanfiction and sections from the author of Simon Snow. Halfway through the book, the fiction and fanfiction started to become one in the same to me. That’s how believable Cath’s version of Simon Snow is.

However, Fangirl is not just about Cath’s lovely fanfiction. It’s about her first year in college, making friends and not making friends, drifting apart from her twin and best friend Wren, getting along with her roommate Raegan, handling her classes, falling in love, dealing with an absent mother and a struggling father, and trying to figure out who she is.

Fangirl is a beautiful coming of age story for those high-schoolers on their way to college, not knowing what to expect and dreading the unexpected. There are many laughs, many oh my goodness moments, and sweet little lines throughout.

A must read for anyone but especially future and recent college graduates. By the way, I have to say this. It never occurred to me that Cath’s name was really Cather until Levi combines Cather and Wren to make Catherine. My mind was blown!

Reading Dates: July 28- August 4, 2014 

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