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Fangirl

Author:  Rainbow Rowell
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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?

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Feb 08,2017
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Cath is an introverted, nerdy and antisocial Fangirl who could spend the rest of her life writing about Simon and Baz. Wren is an extroverted, smart and confident girl who is basically the life of the party. Ever since Cath and Wren were born (as identical twins) they stuck together like glue. But now they're off to college and things change. Wren isn't at hands reach for Cath and it's different to what she's used to. 

Fangirl was an enjoyable read for me, with little touches of comedy, heartfelt scenes and especially romance. I wish it had more drama or action since it tended to be boring in some parts. Any girl who has a slightly nerdy side or likes a dramatic romance novel will like this. 

Dec 17,2016
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3.5/5

Slowish start. Busy plot. I liked a lot while I was reading it, until I actually finished it.

The romance between the characters was way more realistic than most contemporary stories I've ever read; the characteristics of the main characters were very much less stereotyped and more realistic in how people really are in modern society - not at all perfect, inside or out.

The ending was absolutely terrible, I mean I guess it ended on a positive note, but to be honest; there was no ending. No conclusions. Nothing. The only form of end in this story was the physical last pages of the story.
I literally got to the second last page of the story and realised that the book was feeling way too thin on one end for it to be the end, turned the page over and was so surprised that the acknowledgements were on the next page..

I got really into it around 300 pages in and then flew through it; once the relationship between [SPOILER] Levi and Cath started I was really intrigued as to what would happen, would there be arguments? Will it be an unrealistic relationship? It was a pretty realistic relationship compared to others I've read about in books, to an extent. Cath was really confident with Levi towards the end which was a little out of character to me but I guess people really do change.

3.5/5 because it was;

i. quite realistic
ii. pretty relatable
iii. really cute
iv. had extracts of different text
v. HAD A REALLY BAD ENDING

Oct 23,2016
5

Honestly, at first I was bit hesitant to read this book. It was long and sounded super cheesy.

Yet when I read it I absolutely adored the characters. Although it does drag out it some bits, you get to meet Cath really well and it almost feels upfront and personal. I really liked that.

I also loved the snippets of 'Carry On' in there, it made it even more enjoyable to read.

It's a bit of a longer read but it;s definitely recommended :-)

Apr 18,2016
5

First of all I would like to say: WOW! 

This book was the very first book that I brought after I had started working, and once I got my first pay I ran straight to the book store down the street and brought a new book wih my own money; it was such a good feeling handing the money over at the counter, knowing that I had earned this book, this money. 

I'm so glad that my very first paycheck went towards such an amazing and well written novel! I had sat in the car on the way home after my shift, turning page after page, trying to fit in as much of Cath and Wren and Levi as I possibly could before my next day at work. And the pages honestly seemed to turn themselves! 

Rainbow Rowell has a serious way with words, and she brings such amazing and unique characters to the pages. Her understanding of the everyday fangirl and the struggles that come with having an overly sociable twin sister who just so happens to be your best friend (Not that that's an everyday occurence) is impeccable!

I think this book has an apeal to all those who need to get away from their own drama; Cath's drama is like a distraction from your own. This book is so relatable aswell; Family drama and secrets and surprises? Cath has all that too. Boy troubles? Cath checked it off the list a long, long time ago. Struggling with school? Hmmm, lets just ask Cath shall we...

The point is, this book is a must read for all of my fellow fangirls and fanboys out there, but also for all those hopeless romantics and YA lovers. It's unique, funny, entertaining, sweet, relatable and so much more all wrapped up in 500 pages of amazing literature, tied up in a pretty, ab-normal bow. 

I would definetely give this magnificent creation a 10 out of 10! A definite must read!

Jun 29,2015
3

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Rainbow Rowell is an intimidating author, and recently, she has dominated the world of geeky, nerdy, awkward first love. After having Fangirl on the shelf for ages, I finally decided to pick it up and read it. I had read Eleanor and Park and Attachments. The bar was set high, and Rowell did not meet it.


I have to say, the beginning did not disappoint. It lay down the setting. It introduced the characters. It set the genre, the style, the theme. It was interesting, and quirky. So much was covered in those first few pages, so much necessary information.

The biggest trouble I had with Fangirl was how long the plot took to get moving. When I review books, I try to include the five most important parts of a book: plot, theme, setting, characters and conflict.


The theme? It wasn’t obvious, but it was there once you scraped past the words, and it was a good one as well. Fangirl is about Cath’s struggle to find who she is without her twin sister, and finding out where she belongs in the big, scary place called College. So it’s a book about identity and belonging. Deep. Well done, Rowell. Tick for theme.

Setting? It was done very well. In fact, perhaps the best part of the book, speaking in terms of the actual technical writing. The whole “College” concept was placed well, and the distance (like, the physical distance) between College, and Cath and Wren’s home, was reiterated frequently. The vastness of College and the intimidating, daunting feeling of the buildings definitely came across well.

Let’s go to the characters. As expected, also another part that Rowell has done well. I think, for myself, personally, when I think of Rowell, and I think of her stories, I think of how well her characters leap to life. How realistic they feel, how they jump off the page. I feel like Cath and Wren, and Eleanor and Park could very well be my friends, from their universe inside the paper.

I guess the conflict was done well. There was just enough of it to stir things up a bit, but not really enough to make it page turning. I guess that’s understandable though, because in a novel like Fangirl, you can’t expect conflict every bit of the way through, otherwise it would lose the iconic “Rainbow Rowell” laid-back love story feel. So yes, Rowell has also scored higher than average here.


Now I come to the plot. The plot was the biggest problem I had with Fangirl. It was just so frustratingly slow, and I found that all throughout the book, unnecessary information was just being shoved down the reader’s throat, as if Rowell was stalling for time. The book reached a little under 500 pages, which I felt was just so unnecessary for the kind of story that Rowell was trying to narrate. About 2/3 of the way through, I just got so bored, I almost felt like putting the book down and starting another. To tell you the truth, not much actually happens in Fangirl:

Girl finds Boy. Girl loves Boy. Girl leaves Twin. Girl finds Twin. Mother leaves Girl. Mother returns to Girl. Girl doesn’t have friends. Girl has friends. Girl writes Fan Fiction. Girl still writes Fan Fiction.

There. That was basically the whole plot of Fangirl summed up. It was just so frustratingly slow to develop and I just got bored.


All throughout Fangirl, Rowell has sprinkled her trademark sarcastic wit, which will make the reader laugh, or smile at least. In between the chapters, there are mostly excerpts of “Simon Snow”, the story of Rowell’s universe, and these actually do a lot to add difference to the book, and make it a lot more interesting. Sometimes, there was a bit of unnecessary back story in between dialogue, but I didn’t see it too much.


In conclusion, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl was a satisfying read with a few hits and a few misses. The writing style is nice, the story is funny, the setting and theme are done nicely, and the characters are relatable. However, the plot takes a while to get rolling, and there’s heaps of unnecessary scenes, making the book much longer than it needs to be.


Rating:  7/10


Fangirl is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.


The Info:

  • Title: Fangirl
  • Author: Rainbow Rowell
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; First Edition edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250030951
  • URL: MacMillan Website

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Jun 24,2015
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This is totally different to any other books I have ever read. It opened a new world to me. I liked how Cath grew up the more the story goes on. I also loved Reagan's attitude, it added a whole new demention to story. Rainbow has created a lovely story of life. I really think you should purchase this adorable book, don't borrow it from the library, get your own copy?

Enjoy,

Chookwriter

 

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