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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Posted by Caitie F on August 31, 2013

Title: FangirlFanGirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Hardcover: 448 pages
Pub Date: Sept 10, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Rating: 1,000,000

Summary from pub:

In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, 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?


This is going to be a very gushing review. I am going to use a lot of adjectives and even some all caps. So yeah, you need to read this book as soon as you can.

If you didn’t read Harry Potter, but like great coming-of-age stories about family, college, love, learning who you are, and everything that goes with that, go get this book because it is really wonderful.

If you were a Harry Potter fan, the kind that had all the books the day they came out, went to midnight release parties, talked about it to your friends, get this book.

If you were a Harry Potter fan and did all of the things above and also made Potter friends online, listened to podcasts, read fan fiction, listened to wizard rock, dressed up, went to conferences and all that…stop reading this post and go buy this book RIGHT NOW.

But like I said before, you don’t have to love, like, or even have read Harry Potter to love this book because Rainbow Rowell just gets people. I think anyone no matter what can connect and enjoy this. Yet most of this review will talk about reading it as a Harry Potter fan because that is how I related to this book.

As the second type of Harry Potter fan, this book got me right there is the FEELS. The series that Cath loves is not Harry Potter, but it is similar and she grew up with it. The final Harry Potter book came out the summer after my sophomore year of college, so I could totally relate to her. So many of my friends were online and, while almost all of my classmates read the books, many of them weren’t as into it as I was so I felt like I had to hide how much I loved it. Cath is even more awesome than I was because she writes the most popular fan fiction out there.

And the fan fiction is SO GOOD! I loved how Rainbow Rowell made up this story and had “excerpts” from both the “original book” and Cath’s fan fiction. It showed so much creativity and was some of the best writing I have seen. I would say just read this book for that, but you should read this book for EVERYTHING.

Cath’s family life also gets to you. She is a twin and watching her sister spiral broke me. I felt what Cath felt from her anxiety because she is shy and awkward around new people to her loneliness and fear for her sister.

Their dad has mental problems and I thought it was handled so well. Rowell gives a very clear and accurate depiction of a mental illness and really showed how it can change your children. Cath was constantly worried and it added so much to her character. At first, it was hard to get her, but as you learned more about her family, it made a lot of sense, just like in real life.

There is also a love story here and it isn’t your typical romance in a book because it is even better. The love story/stories aren’t Cath’s WHOLE life. It is just a part of it and I loved that. People, especially people going through huge changes like going to college, have so much going on in their lives and I feel like sometimes book focus too heavily on the romance side. But not here! It felt so real and genuine and that made be get all swoony.

Be prepared to be a puddle of tears at the end of this book! I literally was SOBBING when it was done. But it was so good that it was worth it. This book will stick with you so much.

Rainbow Rowell is amazing and she GETS us Fangirls (and Fanboys). This book made me love her even more and made me want to be her friend. .

Love love LOVE it and if you are a Harry Potter fan or are one of my Harry Potter friends, you must buy this book now.


3 Responses to “Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell”

  1. I was scared at first – I thought you’d rated it a 1! I’ve been excited about this book and am even more so after reading your review.

  2. Linda said

    Love Rainbow Rowell’s books. Anxious to get my hands on Fangirl.

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