Book Review

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Publication Date: September 10th, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: Kindle eBook

Pages: 445 pages

Source: Purchased

Buy It: Amazon

Rating: 5 sm

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 fanfiction, 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 fanfiction 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?


Fangirl is probably my favorite novel of this year so far. It was fantastic. There are so many things that I loved about this book that I might have a hard time trying to get them all into this, but I will do my best. What I loved the most was it all felt very realistic, I didn’t have a moment where I thought that there was no way something that happened, could happen in real life. The pacing was excellent, I loved the fanfiction bits in this story, I loved the alternate Harry Potter series incorporated in, I loved the adorable love story, I loved that she showed the importance of family, I loved that she showed the importance of letting go and moving on, and I loved that she showed the reality of social awkwardness.

I have never related to a character as much I did the main character, Cather Avery. She likes to sit at home rather than go out, she’s nerdy, she loves fanfiction (more specifically, she loves to write fanfiction), she’s socially awkward, and feels as if she needs to take care of her family. Levi was adorable, charming, and I absolutely loved his outlook on life. I thought Wren was also very easy to relate to. She was more of your “typical” college girl in the sense that she wanted to have a social life, go out and party, date a lot, and those sort of things. There were also some situations that she handled completely different from Cath, which I thought fit the plot and story well.

Reagan I thought was hilarious, I absolutely loved her as Cath’s roommate and friend. I love Cath and Wren’s dad, I thought he was definitely very different and was glad to see him as a character. I feel like in a lot of YA novels the parents are always kind of just there, or they’re mentioned but not actually characters.

Fangirl will make you laugh at times, it will break your heart at times (I know I certainly teared up a couple times), it will make you smile, and it’s amazing the whole time. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a nice YA contemporary romance. This novel made me wish I had a Levi, and a Wren, and a Reagan.

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