Friday, May 18

Review: Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

Published By: Macmillan Publishing
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Date Read: April 8, 2018
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 464

From Goodreads:
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life.

Without Wren, Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate 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.

Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible.

"To really be a nerd, she'd decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one. "

Fangirl is a book I have had on my shelf for so long. I got it at YALC 2014 and honestly I've heard so many amazing things about this book. The hype was so crazy at YALC that year and I was so excited to experience this incredible book. Although I did read it 4 years later, I was still so excited and I had such high expectations of this book... Honestly, I'm quite disappointed. Fangirl definitely didn't live up to my expectations.

Fangirl follows Cath and Wren, twin sisters who are headed to college and it's their first opportunity to be different people. Wren hits the party life hard and Cath is the one left behind. Hiding behind her books and her fanfiction writing, Cath is completely on her own for the first time in her life. Cath has to decide whether she is ready to open herself up to new friends or not.

Fangirl was an okay book. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy it. I enjoyed reading Cath's story and I really associated with her so much. Rather than going out socialising she wanted to stay in her room reading... that is so like me it's unreal. But I don't know... I was just expecting more. I had heard this book was phenomenal and I was expecting to be completely blown away but I wasn't. It's an enjoyable book but it's nothing extraordinary, it's just like any other contemporary novel in my opinion.

Okay, I have a confession to make... I absolutely HATED the fanfiction parts of this book. I'm ready to hide from all the super fans now. I honestly enjoyed the main story with Cath and Wren and all the great characters but I was so bored with the fanfiction. I skipped past all of the bits at the beginning of each chapter and even the pages and pages of the fanfiction she had wrote and was reading out loud, I just skipped past it completely. I just felt like it wasn't necessary for the story and it really didn't add anything of value. Maybe it's just me... I personally don't really 'get' the whole fanfic stuff. I'm not into it and don't really understand that whole 'scene'.

Fangirl was a cute story and it was enjoyable. I will definitely pick up another of Rainbow Rowell's books in the future as I did enjoy Fangirl. It just wasn't what I was expecting. If you're a fan of cute books with a dash of romance, I would recommend this book. And if you're a fanfic reader and love it, you'll probably love this book a whole lot more than I did.

“I’m not really a book person.”
“That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me” 

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