BOOK REVIEW: Fangirl – by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
First published: September 10th 2013
Finished reading: April 24th 2015
Pages: 445
Rating 4,5

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”

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I really enjoyed reading Eleanor & Park last year, so I already knew I was probably in for a treat when I started reading Fangirl… And it turned out to be exactly that. I was in the mood for a feel-good story after a ‘heavy’ read, and this novel by Rainbow Rowell is simply adorable! The main characters Cath and Levi are so cute together and I loved the Simon Snow fan fiction chapters… Although the prose is perfect in general. Rainbow Rowell makes you fall in love with her characters and the story itself is so relatable! A socially awkward girl who loves to read, write and prefers living in a fantasy world… Cath’s description sounds exactly like the teenage me. Fangirl is definitely recommended to those who enjoy reading YA contemporary!

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Cath and her twin sister Wren are both what you call mayor Simon Snow fans. When their mother left them when they were eight, the Simon Snow books helped them forget… And ten years later they are still huge Simon Snow fans. Cath has a talent for writing and has been working on a Simon Snow fan fiction story of her own for the last two years. Her twin sister is not as interested as before, but Cath would do anything to stay inside this fantasy world… Wren doesn’t agree and wants a fresh start; when they go to college, she leaves Cath alone with her fan fiction and a stranger as a roommate.

Cath doesn’t want to be social, but her roommate Reagan and always-smiling boyfriend Levi seem to be around all the time. Slowly Cath is getting used to her new college life and starts opening up. She even starts co-writing a story with her handsome classmate Nick, but he ends up not being who she thought he was… And even worse, her fiction-writing professor doesn’t approve of her fan fiction. Cath is not sure she can cope with all of this, especially since she knows her father doesn’t react well to the fact that he is now home alone… And her sister Wren seems to be getting in trouble all the time as well. Is Cath ready to move on and live her own life, or does she prefer to stay in her fantasy world?

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Fangirl is such an adorable little story! Cath and Levi are perfect together and I love how well they complement each other. The Simon Snow chapters are simply awesome; now I finally know what all the Simon Snow hype is all about! 😉 If you haven’t read Fangirl yet, I suggest you do; it’s definitely worth it. The characters, prose, fan fiction… Everything just works. This one goes straight to my rereads list! And I will definitely check out Carry On when it comes out this october…