Book Reviews – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Spoiler Free)

Title – Fangirl

Author – Rainbow Rowell

Publisher – St. Martin’s Press

Genre – Young Adult, Contemporary

My Rating – 4/5


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?


I’ve read widely mixed reviews about this book and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, so I decided to give them both a shot. Given that Fangirl is about us fangirls (or so I presumed), I decided to start with that. Here’s my review and I think its just about as mixed as those I’ve read.

The first think I have to mention is that I loved the first half much better than second. Sure Cath was miserable but I guess that made the book more interesting because I wanted to see how she’d figure out? I related to Cath a lot through the first half because of how completely out of place she felt in college. I’ve just begun my second year at University and to this date I miss home so very much. I also faced quite a number of the same problems that she did like her roommate issues and food issues and stuff. So in a weird way, it was kind of comforting to know that I’m not the only lunatic in this world when it comes to living alone away from home.

Through the second half as things started sorting themselves out, the book became more and more boring though. I didn’t really feel any need to read on.

As far as the characters go, I didn’t really like Cath too much. She was okay, but she did come across as a little stuck up. Her twin sister, Wren was even worse. Moving on to Levi, he was totally cliche, boy–next-door and predictable. In short I LOVED HIM. I don’t know what it is with me and cliche boys in books – they’re the one thing I cannot resist.

The story didn’t have much of a beginning or an ending really but it made for good comfort reading to cool off really. All in all, Fangirl gets 4 stars from me!

Now that I’m done with Fangirl, I’ve started Carry On. 17% into the book and I’m liking it. Stay tuned for my review.

And that’s all for today! Hope you have a great day!

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