Book Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Happy Monday Bookish Babes! How is everyone handling daylight savings? Now that the sun stays out a bit later I’m hoping to increase my outside activity level before that famous Texas heat rolls in (which it already is….87 degrees as a high today…get out).

In my February Wrap Up I mentioned how much I LOVED Fangirl, but I wanted to go into a little more detail on why this book stole my heart.

This is a coming of age story focused on Cath and her twin sister Wren. Cath has always been a fan of the Simon Snow series, which is a series of books within this book that has a fan base similar to Harry Potter. She even writes fanfiction about the series and has a large following. As the sisters head off to college Cath finds herself withdrawing into her online world while Wren is intent of living college life to the fullest.

The characters in this story have to go through quite a lot and I really enjoyed the character development that Rowell implemented. There is a romance element to the book which I found myself a bit annoyed with at first, but I discovered I had judged the love interest too harshly and ended up really enjoying it in the end.

Another aspect I really enjoyed about this book is that there were chapters of the Simon Snow series and Cath’s fanfiction sprinkled in. I found this to be really engaging and helped put me inside Caths head and obsession. Rainbow Rowell actually wrote a book after this called Carry On (titled after Cath’s fan fiction Carry On Simon) and I immediately added it to my TBR after finishing Fangirl!

Although this is a YA book I found the situations and subjects that the characters had to deal with very adult problems that happen in the real world. I also liked that the characters responded to tough situations like adults would and didn’t turn into whiny teenage tropes.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys coming of age stories and can relate to nerd/geek culture.

Have you read Fangirl? Did you enjoy it? I would love to discuss in the comments!




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