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Cath ama os seus livros e a sua família. Haverá espaço para mais alguém?Todo o mundo é fã dos livros de Simon Snow. Mas Cath vai mais longe: ser fã desses livros tornou-se a sua vida. Ela e a sua irmã gémea, Wren, refugiaram-se na obra de Simon Snow quando eram miúdas, e na verdade foi isso que as salvou da ruína emocional que foi a perda da mãe.Ler. Reler. Interagir em fóCath ama os seus livros e a sua família. Haverá espaço para mais alguém?Todo o mundo é fã dos livros de Simon Snow. Mas Cath vai mais longe: ser fã desses livros tornou-se a sua vida. Ela e a sua irmã gémea, Wren, refugiaram-se na obra de Simon Snow quando eram miúdas, e na verdade foi isso que as salvou da ruína emocional que foi a perda da mãe.Ler. Reler. Interagir em fóruns, escrever ficção baseada na obra de Simon Snow, vestir-se como as personagens dos livros. Mas essas fantasias deixam de fazer sentido quando se cresce, e enquanto Wren facilmente abandona esse refúgio, Cath não consegue fazê-lo. Na verdade, nem quer.Agora que vão para a universidade, Wren não quer ficar no mesmo quarto de Cath. E esta fica sozinha e fora da sua zona de conforto. Partilha o quarto com uma miúda arrogante; tem um professor que despreza os seus gostos; um colega atraente mas que apenas fala sobre a beleza das palavras... e, ainda por cima, Cath não consegue parar de se preocupar com o seu pai, tão querido, frágil e solitário.A pergunta paira no ar: será que ela consegue triunfar sem que Wren lhe dê a mão? Estará preparada para viver a vida em seu nome? Escrever as suas próprias histórias? E se isso significar deixar Simon Snow para trás?...

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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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Fangirl Reviews

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    2018-07-26 03:06

    Actual rating: 2.5Levi said. “It’s hard for me to get my head around. It’s like hearing that Harry Potter is gay."Ok, why the fuck are you referencing Harry Potter after having based the entire book around a fictionalized version of Harry Potter known as Simon Snow? Why?!If you wanted a true sense of fandom, don't look for it here. Don't get me wrong, I liked this book, but it is a coming-of-age book that was misrepresented as a book about fandom. This would have been so much better if it had been merely sold as a coming-of-age without the fandom aspect, but as a book that tries to sell fandom on me, it doesn't remotely work.I feel like this book represents online fandom in the way that The Big Bang Theory represents math geeks and engineers. It caricaturizes and mocks fangirls/boys for the enjoyment of the reader, and not much more. It does nothing to dispel the myths of the laughable socially inept fanboy/fangirl, and that's just a damned shame.The first 20% of the book focused lightly on the fandom, and then the book kind of forgot about it with the exception of the "Simon Snow" excerpts, which were absolutely fucking pointless to the story as a whole.The summary brought in the tantalizing question "Will Cath be able to leave Simon Snow behind?" That's just it! By that point in the book, we had almost forgotten completely about Simon Snow and Cath's involvement within the fandom! The story was enjoyable, and I absolutely loved the dynamics of the relationships between the characters, but that's it. I felt like it wasn't an adequate representation of being a fangirl.Of course, if I'm going to complain about the representation of fangirls in the book, I should show some street cred. You name it, I've probably squee'd over it. Harry Potter. Anime. J-pop. K-pop. Computer games. Tabletop games. I have RPG-ed, I have MMO-ed, I have LARP-ed. From computer games like World of Warcraft, which took over 6 hours of my day while enrolled in a full college courseload (you don't know the meaning of fun until you've teamed up with 39 other people to take down a virtual monster while drunk), to rolling dice while pretending that I was a 8-year old crazy vampire child wielding a doll (I AIN'T EVEN SORRY).Anime conventions. Gaming conventions. I've done them all.I know what it's like to be a fangirl. I am proud of it. Even of moments like these.I was in Anime Club, which is a rough club formed around people into gaming/anime/Asian cultures. Needless to say, we had plenty of weabos and otakus and strange people in general. There were a whole lot of socially awkward people there, including me. We were dorks, yeah, we weren't entirely comfortable in company outside our immediate circle, but we knew how to adapt (it's called looking around and doing what everyone else is doing, not exactly fucking rocket science). None of us gamers/geeks/assorted idiots have ever been so socially incompetent as Cath.Social Ineptitude“I can’t help it,” Reagan said. “You’re really pathetic.”“I am not.”“You are. You don’t have any friends, your sister dumped you, you’re a freaky eater...And you’ve got some weird thing about Simon Snow.”If you looked up neuroses under the Psychiatric DSM IV, you would find Cath's picture in the title page.This book does a disservice to fangirls in general by making Cath so incredibly, painfully socially incompetent. I would have liked this book better if it had remained a contemporary, instead, this book chooses to perpetuate the worst of beliefs about fangirls---which is to say, they're all fucking idiots who wouldn't know the word "normal" if it were summoned from a Patronus (god help you, my child, if you don't get that reference).Cath is drawn to be the person who wouldn't last 5 seconds alone in the wilderness, let alone a college campus. She is terrified of social interactions. She stocks up on food so she wouldn't have to face the terrifying, the monstrous, the ever-so-menacing...dining hall.Cath broke open a box of protein bars. She had four more boxes and three giant jars of peanut butter shoved under her bed. If she paced herself, she might not have to face the dining hall until October.Her life revolves around her twin (Wren) and the Simon Snow series. Cath is not an appealing character. Her hyper-clumsiness aside, she just has no fucking common sense. In an upper-level Fiction Writing class, she tries to pass off fanfiction as her own work. She then tries to submit it for a grade.“Our professor asked us to write a scene with an untrustworthy narrator. I wrote something about Simon and Baz...She didn’t get it. She thought it was plagiarism.” Cath forced herself to use that word, felt the tar wake up with a twist in her stomach.Fucking brilliant.Cath is sort of a Mary Sue. She goes off on a writing partner for writing a Mary Sue in his story, but if you think about it, Cath sort of is one herself. She's so brilliant that she gets into an upper-div writing class with a famous professor, and we never really see what kind of talent she has besides writing fanfiction. She is so good that an upperclassman wants to be her partner for it. Cath does nothing exemplary, and she's incredibly fucking weird, and regardless, a cute, a funny, a really awesome guy just wants her.She doesn't think of herself as beautiful, but identical sister is referred to as "hot." HMMMMMMMMM.What Fandom?! From what we hear, Cath spent all her time writing Simon Snow fanfiction and going to premieres and chatting with her twin about Simon Snow...but that was in high school. No more of that.In fact, if you wanted to hear and learn about fandom, you'd be better off stopping at around 20% of the book. Because that's pretty much where life interferes. Except for a few brief moments of Cath reading and telling people about her fanfiction writing and about her love of fanfiction---we almost never hear about the "fangirl" aspect of the book again. This would have---and in fact, is, a completely solid book on dealing with family and friends and growing up. It's just NOT A BOOK ABOUT FANDOM BECAUSE THE FANDOM IS SOLIDLY RELEGATED TO THE BACKSEAT. YOU COULD GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FANDOM ON WIKIPEDIA.Where are all the forum discussions?Where are all the interactions with fellow fans?Where's the Tumblr?Where's the talking to fellow friends online for hours and hours on end because you're both fangirling so much that words are spilling over and you are just so happy to find a fellow fan?Where is the daydreaming?Where is the magic?What little of the fandom that existed in this book was restricted to Cath. Cath. Cath. The Great Cath. Where is the fucking COMMUNITY?The greatest part about any fandom is the community. We're all on Goodreads here, we love the books, but almost as importantly, we love interacting with one another, we love knowing that somewhere out there, there are people who understand us.This book doesn't represent that at all. It is solidly about Cath and her legions of fans. her 20,000 hits per fanfiction.net clone. Her full-of-it based on that fact. The fact that she, herself, has fans.Cath tried not to let it all go to her head. These characters belong to Gemma T. Leslie, she wrote at the beginning of every new chapter.This book is about a girl who is full of herself.The Writing: It tries too hard to be quirky. It works, at times, but some moments, and some sentences just made me wince.His eyes were set so deep, it made everything he said more intense.YOU DON'T SAY!His mouth was small, but bowed. Like a doll’s. She wondered if he had trouble opening it wide enough to eat apples.What the fuck?!He was wearing a thick, navy blue turtleneck sweater that made him look like he was serving on a Soviet battleship.Seriously?!She heard the very beginning of a smile in his voice—a fetal smile—and it very nearly killed her.I'd understand "fatal" smile, but "fetal?"Inside, her internal organs were grinding themselves into nervous pulp. Her intestines were gone. Her kidneys were disintegrating. Her stomach was wringing itself out, yanking on her trachea.BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARFThe Good: I fucking loved the relationships between the characters in the book. Wren and Cath. Their father and the twins. Reagan and Cath. Levi and Cath. The relationships were wonderfully, beautifully written, honest and realistic. I love the love, anger, and resentment between Cath and Wren.“Are you the older or younger twin?”She shrugged. “It was a C-section. But Wren was bigger. She was stealing my juice or something. I had to stay in the hospital for three weeks after she went home.”Cath didn’t tell him that sometimes she felt like Wren was still taking more than her fair share of life, like she was siphoning vitality off Cath—or like she was born with a bigger supply.I adored their awesome, manic father. He is the sweetest, cutest dad. This may sound gross, but I kind of have a dad-crush on him.“Cath? It’s your dad again. It’s still late, but I couldn’t wait to tell you this. You know how you guys want a bathroom upstairs? Your room is right over the bathroom. We could put in a trapdoor. And a ladder. It would be like a secret shortcut to the bathroom. Isn’t this a great idea? Call me. It’s your dad.”Reagan and Cath's relationship was the most unexpected, and the sweetest. I love the rough-around-the-edges Reagan. I loved her strength, I love her take-no-prisoners approach when it comes to pulling Cath out of her hermitage, and I love Reagan's unexpected moments of vulnerability.“No,” Reagan said, “we’ve got to get this out of the way. You can’t be jealous. And in return, I won’t flex my best-friend muscles just to remind myself that he loved me first.”“Oh my God”—Cath clutched her comforter in disbelief—“would you actually do that?”“I might,” Reagan said, leaning forward, her face as shocked as Cath’s. “In a moment of weakness. You’ve got to understand, I’ve been [his] favorite girl practically my whole life."Overall: a solid book if you are willing to read it for what it actually is: a contemporary coming of age. This is not a book that accurately represents fandom.

  • 2018-08-16 19:13

    It’s like Rainbow Rowell writes in peanut butter and stolen moments and lazy eyelash wishes.♥That’s the best and only way I can describe it.♥It’s 433 pages of a guaranteed good day.I’m so jealous of you guys right now, it’s crazy!Because I can’t read this book for the first time again.So when you finish it, and you’re just sitting there all thoughtful and wordless (grinning like an 8th grader with prom tickets)… You’re not alone. ;) This book’s about the good ol’ college experience.*ahem*… The Realistic Kind.But more importantly, it’s about Cath Avery’s college experience and all the life lessons in between.Cath is such a phenomenal character. Because she’s both tough and endearing. Plus, she has this super quick and snarky wit that’s freaking hilarious in every way possible! And she’s kind of this cool eccentric, totally awkward girl. I mean, she writes fan fiction and she’s famous (but anonymous) for it, people make her nervous (which is where that snarky wit of hers comes in), and she has a twin sister who’s also her best friend and is Cath’s total opposite.But I think my favorite thing about Cath is that she’s so damn relatable! She worries about the same things you and I do (like, “Good god… what happens when and if I’m late to class? Should I knock? Just walk right in and give the professor my coffee and pretend that’s why I was late in the first place? Should I bearcrawl my way to my seat and hope no one notices?). Just random, stupid things like that but that totally make a difference when you’re in the moment, know what I mean?And she’s always been so codependent on her fanfiction stories and on her very independent twin sister… that she gets to college and finds out that she can’t be that way anymore. She has to learn to speak up for herself, and to be that awkward girl, and to be totally okay with it! So in a way, this book’s about first experiences (the good and the bad) and seeing it through the eyes of an awesome/awkward/totally kickass girl who’s both the girl she was and the girl she’s going to be.You’re also going to meet these completely hilarious and awesome characters… who aren’t just characters, they’re people full of character.*Like Reagan, Cath’s dorm roomie. She did everything so forcefully. She swung their door open; she slammed it shut. She was bigger than Cath, a little taller and lot more buxom (seriously, buxom). She just seemed bigger. On the inside, too.*Wren, her sister. Wren had always been the Social One. The Friendly One. The one who got invited to quinceaneras and birthday parties. But before—in junior high and high school—everyone knew that if you invited Wren, you got Cath. They were a package deal, even at dances. There were three years’ worth of photos, taken at every homecoming, of Cath and Wren standing with their dates under an archway of balloons or in front of a glittery curtain.They were a package deal, period. Since always.*Cath’s single-parent dad. “Dad?”“Hey, Cath.”“Dad. Why haven’t you called me? I left you a million messages.”“You left me too many messages. You shouldn’t be calling me or even thinking about me. You’re in college now. Move on.”“It’s just school, Dad. It’s not like we have irreconcilable differences.”“Honey, I’ve watched a lot of 90210. The parents weren’t even on the show once Brandon and Brenda went to college. This is your time—you’re supposed to be going to frat parties and getting back together with Dylan.”“Why does everyone want me to go to frat parties?”“Who wants you to go to frat parties? I was just kidding. Don’t hang out with frat guys, Cath, they’re terrible. All they do is get drunk and watch 90210.”*And there’s ♥Levi♥.Levi’s definitely my runner-up for favorite character. He’s not the hottest guy on campus and he’s not all broody and oozing sex appeal. He’s the guy you want to come home to when there are puddles rivering through the sidewalks, and he’s the cute guy you want to call when you’ve just had the best two minutes of your life and you want to tell someone, and he’s the cute and amazing guy you want to walk you home late at night and who’s going to open your doors for you and make you laugh when your lower lip’s trembling from trying to hold a bad day in. Levi’s just that guy who every girl is going to meet, has already met, and wants to meet. Does that make sense? He’s realistic, because he’s completely imperfect and is perfect in the ways that matter. Especially for Cath. They go from being acquaintances, to friends, and turn into something inseparable.And these two banter the entire way through that’s going to make you laugh and keep you laughing.(talking about Wren, her twin sister, and Wren's boyfriend)"Maybe we should go on lots of double dates," Cath said, "and then we can get married on the same day in a double ceremony, in matching dresses, and the four of us will light the unity candle all at the same time.""Pfft," Levi said, "I'm picking out my own dress." The way these two characters intertwine with each other and evolve towards each other in the book is where the story really is. Because they go from bantering friends to two people who become solid in each other’s lives. Their relationship is sweet, funny, comfortable, and comforting. All in one. And there’s just this overall warmth about them when they’re together on the page.So we’re barely in September… and I’m already thinking about going ahead and giving this book the Best Book of the Year award. And I think I’m going to. Because books like this don’t come around too often and I’d be lucky to read a book like this in the next five years.Fucking amazing.

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2018-07-26 22:57

    IDK WHAT TO SAY OTHER THAN I LOVED IT. IT WAS SO GOOD. GO READ IT IF YOU HAVEN'T.

  • Steph Sinclair
    2018-07-29 20:58

    It's time for Rainbow Rowell and I to break up.I didn't want to admit it, but after reading all of her books now, I can safely say her writing style just isn't for me. It's like that time I cheerfully broke up with Cassandra Clare, though, admittedly, over different reasons. But this time it hurts. It wounds me to realize that I can't join in with all my friends, ride the Rainbow iz Queen bandwagon, roll around in a meadow of flowers that magically whispers witty Rainbow Rowell quotes and feast at the Fangirl banquet. I know it may seem foolish to be disappointed. I mean, what can a person physically do? No book can be universally loved and I did give it the good old college try.Here's the thing: For all intents and purposes, I should have loved Fangirl. The strange thing about my reading experience with Fangirl is that I actually deeply connected with all of the characters on a personal level. As a person who suffers from anxiety and has dealt with a father who was admitted to a mental hospital when I was a teen, I sympathized with Cath. I remembered those feelings of craving independence from my sibling as Wren did. I understand having an intense passion for a fandom and being at midnight parties, waiting for the next book in your favorite series. I even connected with Laura's inability to handle life as a mom. In a lot of ways, quite a few of the experiences these characters dealt with, I have dealt with. For that reason alone, I gave this book an extra star. Unfortunately, that was not enough for me.Rainbow Rowell lives and breathes characters. They are fluid, realistic (for the most part... Eleanor & Park excluded), memorable, flawed, and relatable. These aren't the type of characters that stay on the page. They shout, scream and jump out at you because Rowell is just that good. But it's also her flaw because that's all she writes, characters. In fact, many times it feels like her stories have neither a beginning or an ending, with the reader viewing a piece of a character's life through a small window of time. So I'm convinced that Rowell can't plot her way out of a brown paper bag.I know that might anger some of you, but hear me out.Fangirl is a very character-driven novel and doesn't actually have a plot. Rowell's created these characters, placed them in situations and forced them to react to said situations. She's great at that. But where does the book go from there? Which direction are the characters moving? What are they moving towards? What's the goal of the novel? These are some questions I've asked myself through every one of her books. And I often feel like I'm floundering around in her prose like someone who's gone swimming in the ocean drunk. Everything around these characters is static. Only they move from point A to point B to further the story along. Because of this, if you don't happen to fall in love with the characters early on, the story doesn't work. Rainbow Rowell's characters ARE her stories.One thing positive that came out of reading all of Rowell's books is that, I've learned that I am not the character-driven sort of reader. I'm more of a reader that needs a strong plot to see me to the end of the book. I can deal with unlikable characters or characters that have issues if the plot can save the day. I have the patience of a fruit fly and if I'm expected to sit around reading about a character who is waiting for something to happen to them, then forget it. You've lost me as a reader.The second issue I had with Fangirl was Rowell, once again, tip-toeing around elephants in her stories. Her novels are so focused on her characters that she never addresses things that feel essential to the plot. With Fangirl is was the slash fic and how it relates to fandom. With Landline it was the magical phone. With Eleanor and Park it was race and Park's self acceptance. It's the same formula for each of her books over and over again.Step 1: Develop characters for half the book!Step 2: Introduce something heavy to center my quirky characters around something.Step 3: End the book without tying up loose ends because they served my purpose and Honey Rainbow don't care.It's the most frustrating thing about her books! It's like she dances around the heavy stuff on purpose! There is almost always something that feels deliberately left out, basically anything that could remotely make the story more interesting. Which leads me to my third point...Fangirl is boring. While I could relate to Cath, she is the dullest person to read about ever. The only scenes that she showed life with was either with her dad or Levi when she suddenly had a personality and wanted to be witty. Those scenes were the best in the book and what kept me reading. But they were few and far between and I started to question why this book was over 400 pages. Not even the fan fiction or cute romance could save this book.And let's talk about this Simon and Baz fan fiction. Clearly it is a homage to Harry Potter, yet, Harry Potter happens to exist in the same universe as Simon Snow? No, I don't buy that. That's a plotberg if I ever saw one. The fan fiction sections in the novel really didn't do much for me. This isn't because it wasn't good, but because it didn't have enough page time for me to attempt to connect with the Simon and Baz. I did feel like bashing my head in when Cath would read Levi the long sections of her fic, so I guess they did spawn some type of emotional reaction in me, albeit, not a positive one. Also, did Cath ever finish her fic? Rowell wrote so much about Simon and Baz and just completely left that open... AGAIN FRUSTRATING.Side note: I'm really curious to see how Rowell manages to write Carry On, Cath's fan fiction of Simon Snow, without people directly comparing it to Harry Potter. I mean, essentially it's Draco/Harry fic. But since monetizing fan fiction is now a thing, *cough* Cassandra Clare, E.L. James *cough* who am I to stop her?To conclude, Fangirl ultimately let me down, but I'm not entirely disappointed that I read it. I learned something about myself as a reader and I did gain a few good laughs from the clever banter. I wouldn't call this a terrible book, and hey, it was better than Eleanor and Park. So there's always that.I'm such a goddamn hipster, I swear. More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery.

  • Emily May
    2018-08-11 02:56

    “Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.”I enjoyed Fangirl. Though the way I feel about it is almost exactly how I feel about Eleanor & Park. They are both cute books with complex, well-developed characters, and yet I feel like something is missing that just holds both books back from being truly memorable.Rowell writes quirky, detailed characters that are different and honest. I liked the antisocial, awkward and weird Cath. I thought her story - both as a popular fanfic writer and as a new college student - seemed very unique and it was, for the most part, enjoyable, funny and occasionally moving. I have my own history of social awkwardness so I related to a lot of the strange and hilarious things she did.Some readers didn't like Cath's desire to hole up in her room and eat protein bars because she wanted to avoid the awkwardness of the cafeteria, but this wasn't an issue for me. Unfortunately, I get these little things that plague us socially awkward people. I actually found it quite endearing.And, unlike some other readers, I enjoyed the fanfiction aspect. I've never been much of a fanfic reader/writer myself, but I have been the kind of person who has been completely obsessed with a fandom, and I have never read a book that has done anything quite like this one. Props for creativity.So... yes, I like the characters, and yes, I like the dialogue, but I feel there is something lacking in the plot/story arc of the two Rowell books I've read. I guess they are introspective "coming-of-age" books that don't really have much of a story, and I tend to feel like not much has happened or been achieved by the novel's close.It's odd, though, because I often enjoy character-driven stories. For some reason, with Rowell, it never seems to be enough. I quite like her books while I'm reading them, but I get the impression that in a month's time, I won't be able to name a single character from this book.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest

  • Kristin (KC)
    2018-08-14 00:51

    *6 Stars!*I loved this story to infinity and beyond...My favorite types of books are the ones that speak to you; directly to the reader. The ones that resonate so deeply within your psyche that you feel as though you're actually learning things about yourself in the process.That is exactly what I experienced while reading Fangirl. If you were to judge by the cover and blurb alone, you may think this story is nothing but a quirky, fun read about an interesting girl addicted to writing fanfic. But I persuade you to take a peek inside, because it's really so much more...There is nothing over-the-top about this plot; no heavy drama infiltrating these pages. This story thrives in its delicate simplicity—and offers power through its unique relatibility. Whether you find yourself in the insecure girl who's afraid of life; the happy-go-lucky guy always ready with a smile; the self-centered sister; the deceitful friend; the emotionally disabled dad; the outspoken, honest roommate; the talented but uncertain writer; the intellectual or the one who falls short; the life of the party or the one hiding in the shadows—there are bits and pieces of everyone scattered throughout this story; representing all the highs and lows that make us exactly who we are. Cath is an introvert whose discomfort with social settings leaves her dwelling in the backdrop of real life. She has become at ease hiding within her fanfic stories: a world that holds her captive and lives on through her writings. Her insecurities equally broke and warmed my heart. I loved the way fan-fiction was explored and dissected; really presenting a good feel of its value. Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can't keep up with gravity.Levi is the lovable guy who lights up a room with kind words and a perpetual smile. His character was genuine and honest, and won me over instantly. He is the first person Cath meets as she reluctantly moves into her dorm to begin her first year of college, and his charm became contagious. The relationship between Cath and Levi was gentle and slow building. Levi initially gave off subtle and sweet hints of his interest, and I liked that you didn't see this relationship forming from a mile away. It was more about their solid bond than a steamy connection, and was a refreshingly honest portrayal of a young relationship. And here's where the story skyrockets to that unreachable 6th star: The writing. It was genius. Clever and unique and so entirely captivating that heaps of drama weren't present OR needed. It was fluid and natural, allowing every situation to become relatable. The dialogue was witty and funny, with an effortless feel. There were pockets of insight that were never in your face, but hidden...waiting for the right moment to present itself, and I LOVED IT. And sometimes you held somebody's hand just to prove that you were still alive, and that another human being was there to testify to that fact.Although this story seems like a fun read—and it certainly was—there was a distinct and subtle coating of sadness. Nothing major, or heartbreaking—just the raw honesty of life creeping up to sideswipe you. Broken families; feelings of not being good enough, smart enough, pretty enough--it all became so emotional and life-like.Fangirl definitely breaks the mold and doesn't display the standard rise and fall outline. It was steady...with random bumps in the road; like life. No dramatic peaks or disastrous downhill plummets for emphasis. It was easy. And that was the beauty of it. And then it just ended. No climactic finale or highly distinctive finish. There was a certain amount of closure, but the story felt like it was still moving even after the last page was swiped. As if it continues...just like Cath's fanfic.And I hope it does. Book Stats:▪ Genre/Category: YA/NA Romance▪ Steam Caliber: Mild/clean▪ Romance: Slow burn. Friendship first. Drama-free.▪ Characters: Relatable and distinctive.▪ Plot: Centers on a college introvert who writes fanfic coming out of her shell.▪ Writing: Witty, fluid, unique, gripping. ▪ POV: 3rd Person Perspective▪ Cliffhanger: None/Standalone ▪ HEA? (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Zoë
    2018-08-06 22:02

    Reread October 2015: AHHHHH I felt all the love for this book that I felt the first time plus more! I love everything about this book and I want to reread it again immediately ;DOriginal review from December 2013: Fangirl was so cute and relatable! I loved every single character and their relationships with each other. Rainbow Rowell's writing style is wonderful and I can't wait to read more books from her!

  • Michelle
    2018-07-23 03:14

    It's so hard to have an objective review of a book when it resonates so loud in your heart. I have scrapped my original review of "Fangirl" after reading it, and I figured it was the opposite of how the book really affected me. I will just go on full emotional and just drop the technical stuff! In my opinion, this is a beautiful "coming of age story".A lot of people may find Rainbow Rowell's "Fangirl" shallow and predictable. Well I'm not going to argue with that, but this is a narrative of a teenage girl's life. A typical teenager. There's more genres to choose from if you feel you're too smart to read YA! I am waaay past my teens. My age never hindered me to enjoy reading across age specific genres though. I like reading YA, and "Fangirl" is a lovely addition to the genre. The book is simple, honest, and has none of the "special snowflake" characters I want to strangle, nor any eye-roll inducing "insta-love". The best part of the book is Cath herself. Cath reminded me of my 18 year old self. College was a really big change, and I hated change to begin with just like she did. This book just transported me to the past. It made me empathize to such a long ago phase in my life, it made me see the world through the eyes of a teenager again. My problem with YA most of the time, is that I find the actions of the characters so unreasonable. I forget that they are adolescents, and I'm just too old. Rowell's genius comes from the fact that she can make you relate to her characters no matter how old (or jaded) you are. This is my second book from this author, and both books evoke you to "live" in the story. It's quite nice this time around though, since this one ended up on a more hopeful note.So if you want to know what the book's about, just read the "Goodreads" description. I think it's pretty straightforward. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but this one is as smooth as a gingerbread latte!

  • Nat
    2018-08-09 20:54

    “You don’t do magic,” she said, trying to smile modestly and mostly succeeding. “You are magic.”My annual reread of Fangirl has been completed (2 years and going), and it just gets better and better.Sometimes, on a gray day, I flip through this book to cheer myself up or to remind myself that everything will be okay. And it does its job every single time, which I’m more than grateful for. It’s like a consolation, an old friend, a favorite old, comfy sweater. Fangirl is everything.And because of its importance to me, it’s my most reread novel and I love it through and through.This follows Cath through her freshman year at the University of Nebraska, along with her much more outgoing identical twin sister Wren. But Cath is having a hard time adjusting to college.This review contains *spoilers*.But thanks to her writing fanfiction to a dedicated book series - following the adventures of Simon and Baz - she manages 'to disappear.' To get free of herself, to make people laugh, to stop being anything or anywhere at all. As I mentioned at the start of my review, Fangirl is very near and dear to my heart. I reread it at least once a year, and could probably quote passages of it by heart (which I'm pretty proud of). It introduced me to a new world that I consider to be like a second family.Rainbow Rowell came up with such fantastic characters and the dynamics between all of them blows me away every time.Like, it physically hurts trying to stop smiling when Cath and Levi or Cath and Reagan have a scene together.And I, of course, have to feature one of my favorite interactions between Cath and Reagan:“You’re making me feel sorry for you again,” Reagan said.Cath turned her fork on Reagan. “Don’t feel sorry for me. I don’t want you to feel sorry for me.”“I can’t help it,” Reagan said. “You’re really pathetic.”“I am not.”“You are. You don’t have any friends, your sister dumped you, you’re a freaky eater … And you’ve got some weird thing about Simon Snow.”“I object to every single thing you just said.”I can totally see why Cath and Reagan hit it off.SourceOh, and since I happened to mention Levi (so casually), I will just say that he is one the sweetest character I’ve ever had the pleasure to read about. I mean, I actually felt homesick the first time I finished reading Fangirl because I couldn't believe I was done. I missed Levi for weeks (and rereading it only made it that more painful).The first time Cath read to Levi has and always will be ingrated into my heart:“Levi laughed, and she tried to grab her pillow from him. He held it to his chest with both hands. “Cather…”“Don’t call me that.”“Read me some of your secret, dirty fanfiction.”“It’s not dirty.”“Read me some anyway.”She let go of the pillow; he’d probably already filthed it beyond redemption.“Why?”“Because I’m curious,” he said. “And I like stories.”“You just want to make fun of me.”“I won’t,” he said. “I promise.”And then to top it off, Levi used one of my favorite expressions— “To be continued.”“Come on.” Reagan turned to Levi. “Plant Phys. Are we doing this?”“We’re doing it,” he grumbled, sliding off Cath’s bed. “Can I use your phone?” he asked her.Cath handed him her phone, and he punched a number in. His back pocket started playing a Led Zeppelin song. “To be continued,” he said, handing it back to her. “Solid?”“Sure,” Cath said.”And Levi being Levi, he kept his promise to Cath and gave me one of the most memorable book scenes of all time:“Cath shuffled the pages with her thumb.… It really was a short book. With tons of dialogue.She looked up at Levi. The sun was setting behind her, and he was sitting in a wash of orange light.Cath turned her chair toward the bed, knocking his feet without warning to the ground. Then she rested her own feet on the bed frame and took off her glasses, tucking them in her hair. “‘When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house—’”“Cath,” Levi whispered. She felt her chair wobble and knew he was kicking it. “You don’t have to do that.”“Obviously,” she said. “‘When I stepped out into the bright sunlight—’”“Cather.”She cleared her throat, still focused on the book. “Shut up, I owe you one. At least one. And also, I’m trying to read here.…”It hurts so good. They are my sun and stars.“It was really late. And too dark in the room to be reading this much. Cath’s voice was rough now, like someone had run a dull knife across it. Like she was recovering from a cold or a crying jag.At some point Levi had put his left arm around her and pulled her back against his chest—she’d been fidgeting and rubbing her back on the wall, and Levi just reached behind her and pulled her into him.”I've read this scene so many times, and it still gives me chills. I honestly needed a minute to slow down my heart. And my stomach—too many damn butterflies.“You okay?” he asked.She nodded again. And then she felt him slowly moving. “Here…”Levi slid down the wall onto the bed, resting on his side, then tugged Cath down so she was lying on her back in front of him—his arm beneath her head like a pillow. She relaxed her shoulders and felt warm flannel against the back of her neck.“Better?” he asked in his superscript voice. He was looking at her face. Giving Cath a chance to say no without having to say it out loud. She didn’t speak. Or nod. Or answer. Instead she looked down and shifted slightly toward him onto her side, leaning the book against his chest.She started reading again, and felt Levi’s elbow curve around her shoulder.”I'm literally sweating because of them.“Cath closed the book and let it fall on Levi’s chest, not sure what happened next. Not sure she was awake, all things considered.The moment it fell, he pulled her into him. Onto him. With both arms. Her chest pressed against his, and the paperback slid between their stomachs.Cath’s eyes were half closed, and so were Levi’s—and his lips only looked small from afar, she realized, because of their doll-like pucker. They were perfectly big, really, now that she had a good look at them. Perfectly something.He nudged his nose against hers, and their mouths fell sleepily together, already soft and open.”Is it physically possible to love a fictional relationship this much??SourceAnd I could go on and on about him, but I think it's best (for my heart) if I quietly move on to my next couple of favorites moments and people.The first being: Magicath and Wrenegade.I just wanted to mention how truly great the close bond they had with one another was:“They listened to each other when they wouldn’t listen to anyone else.”I love this sentence so much because it perfectly describes how they have each other's back.“I’m like him,” she’d whispered.“You’re not,” Wren said.“I am. I’m crazy like him.” She was already having panic attacks. She was already hiding at parties. In seventh grade, she’d been late to class for the first two weeks because she couldn’t stand being in the halls with everyone else during passing periods. “It’s probably going to get worse in a few years. That’s when it usually kicks in.”“You’re not,” Wren said.“But what if I am?”“Decide not to be.”“That’s not how it works,” Cath argued.“Nobody knows how it works.”“What if I don’t even see it coming?”“I’ll see it coming.”Cath tried to stop crying, but she’d been crying so long, the crying had taken over, making her breathe in harsh sniffs and jerks.“If it tries to take you,” Wren said, “I won’t let go.”This really hit home for me. Everything Cath said and did is something I've said or done before. And it scares me to no end. So I really appreciated when Cath had Wren to talk to. The way Wren had her made my heart soar.SourceAlso, I want to briefly mention the girl in the library because she was a literal angel. I think about her daily:“Magicath is my absolute favorite,” the girl interrupted, like she couldn’t hold it back. “I’m obsessed with Carry On. Have you been keeping up?”“Yeah.”“She’s been posting so much lately. Every time there’s a new chapter, I have to stop everything to read it. And then read it again. My roommate thinks I’m crazy.”“Mine, too.”“But it’s just so good. Nobody writes Simon and Baz like Magicath. I’m in love with her Baz. Like, in love. And I used to be a major Simon/Agatha shipper.”Cath wrinkled her nose. “No.”“I know, I was young.”I’m smiling so much, it hurts.“It killed me how long it took Simon and Baz to get together. And now I’m dying for them to have a big love scene. That’s my only complaint about Carry On—not enough Simon/Baz action.”“She almost never writes love scenes,” Cath said, feeling her cheeks pink.“Yeah, but when she does, they’re hot.”“You think?”“Um,” the girl laughed. “Yes.”“This is why people think we’re crazy perverts,” Cath said.The girl just giggled some more. “I know. Sometimes I forget that there’s still a real book coming out—like, it’s hard for me to imagine that the story is going to end any other way than the way Magicath writes it.”She perfectly describes how I feel.And, funnily enough, the first time I read this book I wasn't expecting it to be so hilarious. Fangirl, while still handling really important issues, has such an impeccable sense of humor. There’s this one instance in particular that I love because I can’t help but crack up every time I read it:“And besides, Cath still wasn’t sure whether Nick was actually hot or whether he just projected hotness. Specifically in her direction.Someone sat down next to her on the bench, and Cath glanced up from her phone. Nick tilted his chin up in greeting.“Think of the devil,” she said, then wished she hadn’t.“You thinking about me?”“I was thinking … of the devil,” Cath said stupidly.”This is my style of humor.And on a completely unrelated note, I know I said I was done talking about Levi, but I have to mention this scene from their first date, because reasons:“She stepped away from him, and he took her hand. “Wait,” he said. “I think there might be an evergreen over there—”Cath looked up.“False alarm,” he said, squeezing her hand.She shivered.“Are you cold?”She shook her head.He squeezed her hand again. “Good.”He is so damn smooth. Rainbow Rowell wrote their relationship so well that even I felt nervous whenever Levi touched Cath's hand.“You’re not all hands…,” he whispered later. He was tucked back into the corner of the love seat, and she was resting on top of him. She’d spent hours on top of him. Curled over him like a vampire. Even exhausted, she couldn’t stop rubbing her numb lips into his flannel chest. “You’re all mouth,” he said.“Sorry,” Cath said, biting her lips.“Don’t be stupid,” he said, pulling her lips free of her teeth with his thumb. “And don’t be sorry … ever again.”He hitched her up, so her face was above his. Her eyes wandered down to his chin, out of habit. “Look at me,” he said.Cath looked up. At Levi’s pastel-colored face. Too lovely, too good.“I like you here,” he said, squeezing her. “With me.”She smiled, and her eyes started to drift downward.“Cather…”Back up to his eyes.“You know that I’m falling in love with you, right?”I totally smiled a Levi smile at this part. My stomach was wringing itself out every time Cath and Levi had a scene together.SourceI also loved the fact that Reagan gave Cath and Levi ground rules because same:“What are the ground rules?”Reagan held up a finger. Her nails were long and pink.“One. Nobody talks to me about sex.”“Done.”“Two, no lovey-dovey stuff in front of me.”“Done and done. I’m telling you, there is no lovey-dovey stuff.”“Three, shut up, nobody talks to me about their relationship.”Cath nodded. “Fine.”“Four…”“You’ve really been thinking about this, haven’t you?”I aspire to reach her level of coolness. Reagan wasn’t anybody’s fool.I love and root for everyone in this world so damn much. And it never fails to make me feel incredibly sad to reach the end of Fangirl. I'm in such a haze while reading it, it’s like everything surrounding me disappears into oblivion. This book has my heart and soul.And I mean, I don’t know Rainbow Rowell, but I still wholeheartedly trust her. She somehow makes me love Fangirl in a new way every time I read it, and I'm so grateful.I also kept looking for the perfect way to describe how deeply personal this book feels, and I finally found it with this quote by Laurie Halse Anderson:“You can tell a book is real when your heart beats faster. Real books make you sweat. Cry, if no one is looking. Real books help you make sense of your crazy life. Real books tell it true, don’t hold back, and make you stronger. But most of all, real books give you hope. Because it’s not always going to be like this and books—the good ones, the real ones—show you how to make it better. Now.”—Laurie Halse Anderson5/5 stars (without a doubt)*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Fangirl, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!*This review and more can be found on my blog.

  • Cecile
    2018-08-08 01:50

    ***WARNING***This review is long (even for me) and if you liked the book, you probably shouldn’t bother with it. (And yes, before you ask, the titles do refer to fangirling lore)1. My Body is ReadyI was quite excited to read Fangirl, at first. Trusted GR friends have loved this book, and I thought it would actually be -a bit- about the fangirling life (which I have been living fully for a year and a half, so I was like “Oooh, my ELEMENT, yay!”)Dear Got in Himmel, was I wrong. Anyway. Let the Games Reviewing begin.2. OMG You did NOT just GO THEREYou see, what’s her name (God, when I dislike the book I just can’t remember main characters. Cath was it?) supposedly fangirls over are a fictionalized version of Harry Potter. It consists of 8 books revolving around a boy wizard chosen to defeat...something. Ring any bells? This immediately annoyed me because everyone who’s hasn't lived in a cave for the past 20 years knows about Harry Potter. So to recreate an obvious copy of that for book purposes is weird to say the least. Writing bits of said, um, copy is even more unnerving because who cares about teeny tiny excerpts of a non-existing book which copies another one? Adding other, fanfiction excerpts based upon this non-existing copy of a book is just ridiculous. And I was willing to let go of the obvious HP plagiarism if for copyright reasons the author couldn’t include excerpts (which were pointless but let’s go with it) or names or whatever. But then the author confirmed what I was already thinking and I swear I wanted to throw my reader against the wall. THIS.“THE MAGIC WORD IS PLEASE.”Well then. Anyone who’s read Harry Potter semi-carefully knows that line. EVERYONE. And then (in case people were still wondering) this: "It’s like hearing that Harry Potter [...]” Immediate reaction: DUDE. YOU DID NOT JUST GO THERE. I WAS WILLING TO GIVE YOU THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT, THINKING YOU DIDN’T DARE MENTION HP AND HERE WE GO. OMFG YOU SUCK, YOU SUCK SO MUCH I CAN’T EVEN DEAL RIGHT NOW (This, by the way, is the opposite of fangirling. Well it’s fangirling, but negatively. You know, in defense of something you love) Seriously. Whoever let this be a part of the book and let it be so atrociously done does not deserve to give anyone advice.3. What is air? What is life? To top all that, the general writing isn’t good.“His eyes were set so deep, it made everything he said more intense.”Say what?“since Wren drunked at her.” Um, again, what?! “His lips were thin but dark, the same color as the inside of his mouth” OMG WHAT IS THIS, THIS CALLS FOR THE OTTER“exploitive” I know, technically this exists, but it hurts my eyes. IT’S EXPLOITATIVE*lies down in order to recuperate*The writing of the Simon Snow excerpts is terrible.“my fair share of apple-cheeked protagonism”*cause of death: cringing*“She knew she was lovely, and she shared it like a gift. Every smile from Agatha was like waking up to a perfect sunny day. Agatha knew it. And she smiled at everyone who crossed her path, as if it were the most generous thing she could offer.”*suddenly resuscitates (because maybe I died in the Murder House from AHS and now I’m haunting it with the rest of the ghosts. Like Tate. Oh Tate…) and dies AGAIN*The writing of the Simon Snow Fanfiction parts is abysmal. “Anyway, it was totally forgivable because woodfoul and spiders and rats.” It is NOT OK to write in that manner in something you consider a “book”, this isn’t Twitter! (Also, woodfoul?!)“Simon twisted his lips to one side” What? How? OMG.Also, for your pleasure, a bit of a recap of all the times eyes/hair are mentioned in either SS or FF SS.Thingy #1 (I can’t be bothered to research the storyception names, sorry)‘s hair/eyes- cold, grey eyes- pearl grey eyes- slick, black hair- dark-haired boy- his smoky grey eyes- his long face as grey as his eyes in the gloaming.- He flicked his black hair- his grey eyes glintingThingy #2’s hair/eyes- Simon’s caramel brown hair. - his eyes as wide and blue as the Eighth Sea- it did nothing to dim his blue eyes or blunt his glare. - the thick fall of bronze hair partially trapped in his gogglesAnd other people’s hair/eyes:- girl with the red hair- She had pigtails and old-fashioned pointy spectacles Basically…I don’t know, maybe I’m doing the whole life thing wrong. Should I have started my review with “Hi, I’m Cecile with dark-blonde-but-sometimes-not-so-blonde-but-the-tips-are-lighter-hair with blue-with-hazel-specks-but-sit-depends-on-the-lighting eyes and I’ll be boring you reviewing this book.” No?I still don’t know if the quality of the FF writing in Fangirl is on purpose to show how bad fanfiction can be but considering the theme of the book I’m betting the irony wouldn’t go that far. (Unfortunately) Which brings me to the next part. 4. *dying whale noise*Naming this book “Fangirl” was ridiculous. If you haven’t ever fangirled over anything you’re bound to find it stupid because you probably find fangirls annoying or don’t even know what it refers too. Or you just assume they’re rabid 12 year-old fans who obsess over boy-band members/actors, etc. Which happens, but that's really not what fangirling is about.If you are in a fandom however, you will likely be insulted by this book and its misrepresentation of the whole process. Which, you’ll have guessed, is what happened to me. I. Am. A. Fangirl.I didn’t think I’d ever be, but then I read The Trilogy. Oh wait, should I call it by some incredibly subtle code-name? Such as The Arena Paradox ? The Panem Diversion? The Katniss Paradigm? No I am not just picking BBT episode titles at random and adding HG stuff to itAnyway. I’m a fangirl and I love it, being in the fandom has brought me a lot of wonderful moments and enabled me to meet amazing people who have become friends. There’s nothing quite like having a simultaneous meltdown with thousands of others because a trailer has just come out for the movie based upon one of your favorite books. Especially when you’ve stayed up most of the night to see it. And you end up sobbing with everyone else because of all the perfection.This book, however, clearly has no idea of what it is to actually be in a fandom. It is not, as it tries to make us believe “writing fanfiction”. Some of the fans do that, true, but being a fangirl certainly CANNOT be defined by writing fanfiction. Although I do read some, I tend to be very picky about it because no one ever comes close to writing as well as the author or staying perfectly canon and in character. So I prefer Alternate Universe fics because it allows more disgressions from the initial story and I'm more forgiving about it. That being said, for an author to write a book heavily featuring fanfiction and establishing that that’s basically all the fangirls do… nope. Especially considering how Fangirl is written. The “book” parts (as opposed to the “FF" parts) are still terrible. They read like fanfiction. And it’s awful. 5. Don’t even TOUCH meMoving on. Another huge problem in this book was the main character. Cath. Or Cather (seriously, how do you even pronounce that?)Never mind her being as naïve as…as… well, being super naïve (the ridiculous metaphor Inspiration Gods are on vaycay apparently), I just couldn’t stand her point of view on fanfiction. I know it’s the point of the book but regardless, after the whole Mortal Instruments debacle and fanfiction readers generally being all “Yeah, this feels SO canon, it’s like the author wrote it, OMG you’re so talented” I tend to balk whenever it comes up. Anyway. This just about killed me: “She didn’t get it. She thought it was plagiarism” [Cath, getting called out for submitting fanfiction as an assignment]It IS plagirism, you idiot. It's fine if you do it for your pleasure, but if you start submitting it for school assignments it can lead to other, despicable stuff, pretty fast. (I suggest you read about the Cassandra Clare debacle in case this isn't clear) 6. sobbing/flailing/screechingNow I'm rating this 1* because it annoyed me a lot but it's more of a 1.5* (how generous of me, right?)The second half of the book wasn’t as bad. In fact, if the first part had been dropped along with any mention of Simon Snow, fanfiction and Nowhere-to-be-found-Nick, and only the second half had remained, I might have gone up to 2.5*. The romance part was really quite cute. It got ruined, however, by the numerous descriptions of *scratches head, tries to remember the name* Levi, and his “long face”, “feathery (I know, I know, bear with me) blonde hair” and the general impression that he was so far from someone that would ever make me fangirl swoon, physically that I just couldn’t ever add him to my Best Book Boyfriends list. But it was still cute and fluffy. And it explains why I finally decided to give Eleanor and Park a shot and I really liked that one. So. Not all is lost (except my brain cells and inner voice, who’s been screaming in all caps ever since the first Simon Snow sentence) I guess.Anyway. I’m off to fangirl some more (in the true sense of the word) about Catching Fire, ‘Kthxbye!

  • Lauren
    2018-08-01 19:12

    And just like that, I'm finished.Now what?Dammit Rainbow, I'm going to be lost for the next week now, with no fictional boyfriend to curl up with at night.I'm sure in your internet travels, you've all seen the comic that says "That moment when you finish a book, look around, and realise that everyone is just carrying on with their lives as though you didn't just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback."That is me. Right now. At 1am.Lonely, and alone. With no Levi to cuddle up to.This is the third book to have this effect on me this year. First it was 'Anna and the French Kiss', and then it was 'Flat Out Love', and now 'Fangirl'. All of these books made me fall in love with their characters. Fangirl delivered all the awesome and addictive elements of a story that keep me coming back, that keep me up reading past midnight.I don't like to go into specific details when I review books, because I don't want to spoil things for those who haven't read it yet. Lets just say, that if you like reading YA novels, then this book should be at the top of your list. The characters will frustrate you with their flaws and their not always perfect relationships. They will make you proud of them as they stand up for what they want and believe in. Levi's unwavering patience and passion makes him completely desirable.I could keep babbling on for ages, but I really should not write book reviews at 1am.Read this book. Trust me. It's worth the time.

  • Christy
    2018-07-28 18:51

    5 AMAZING & SPECTACULAR STARS!!! I just LOVED this book! It made me so happy! Everything about it- just fantastic! Cath is a twin. She is a writer. She is a Simon Snow fan. Quite possibly the biggest Simon Snow fan there is. Cather’s big thing is fanfiction. She takes her most favorite books, and writes her own stories. She makes the two main guys in the books gay and in love. "It's bad enough that you have homemade Simon Snow posters," Reagan had said last night while she was getting ready for bed. "Do you have to have gay homemade Simon Snow posters?"Cath had looked up at the drawing over her desk of Simon and Baz holding hands. "Leave them alone," she said. "They're in love.”I think Cath is the most awesome person ever. Just throwing that out there! She is awkward, introverted, funny and so relatable! Now back to the fanfiction... She has followers. Thousands and thousands of followers. Sometimes, she struggles with living in the real world, talking to and meeting new people. Her twin sister Wren has no such issues. Although they are identical twins, they are very different. Cath and Wren are starting college and Wren think they need to meet new people. So they don’t room together. Cath’s roommate’s name is Reagan. Reagan is so different from Cath. She notices how awkward she is and decides to befriend her. “I feel sorry for you, and I'm going to be your friend.""I don't want to be your friend," Cath said as sternly as she could. "I like that we're not friends.""Me, too. I'm sorry you ruined it by being so pathetic.”Cath doesn’t have a lot of friends. But it’s all good... she has the internet. “Most of my friends went to other schools. Or their online.”
“Internet friends don’t count.”
“Why not?”Her first day of college, along with meeting Reagan, she meets Levi. Levi is the most wonderful character! He is smitten with Cath. Friendly with everyone. That’s just his thing. And he’s always around. I adored Levi. He was one of the best characters. So kind, good hearted. I will read to him all day and night. Cath spends the first semester of college making friends with Levi and Reagan, trying to deal with her twin sister pulling away from her, being separated from their father, and trying to figure out if she can write in the real world, make her own characters and her own way, while trying to keep up with her Simon Snow fan fiction. On top of all this, things with Levi start to progress from friendship to more... I know, I know, I’ve already mentioned how much I love Levi, but I seriously adore this guy! Reasons I want a Levi:
He works at StarbucksHe likes to be read toHe is nice to everyoneHe smiles all the timeHe thinks Cath's geekiness is endearing He is swoony and sweet <3“What's the plan?' she asked.He grinned. 'My plan is to do things that make you want to hang out with me again tomorrow. What's your plan?''I'm going to try not to make an ass of myself.'He grinned. 'So we're all set.”“You’re beautiful,” she said.“That’s you.”
“Don’t argue with me. You’re beautiful.”“Cath couldn't stop thinking about Levi and his ten thousand smiles.”“I choose you over everyone.”You will fall in love with this book and these characters. There is so much I know I’m leaving out... perfect coming of age story! READ READ READ! “You’ve read the books?”“I’ve seen the movies.”Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. (Actually.) (Maybe because she was still on the edge of tears. On the edge, period.) “So you haven’t read the books.”“I’m not really a book person.”“That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me.I feel like this book was written just for me, and well... probably a lot of you reading this. For those of us who spend more time in a fictional world than the real world. Who talk to our ‘internet friends’ more than our ‘real life’ friends. I think most of us can relate to Cath in a big way, I know I did! Even though this book wasn’t completely light, it kept me continuously smiling! The day I finished, I went right out and bought a hard copy to put on my shelf. LOVED IT!!! I’m going to say- If you haven’t read this one, you need to!!!

  • Komal Mikaelson
    2018-08-19 20:57

    Edit: Downgrading the rating to 4. When I look back now, there are some minor issues, which I initially overlooked. So, yeah, maybe a 4.5 read but definitely not a 5.Initial Reaction After CompletionYou know how we all cry at tragedies. We cry with Rose in Titanic, with Liesel in The Book Thief, with Harry in Shell Cottage, with Maya in Forbidden. We are a sentimental specie and we cry a damn lot.But how many of us cry at an especially beautiful ending. When wounds heal, when all loose ends are tied, when broken relationships are mended. I don't.I never cry at the happy stuff. Never. It's too mushy, wishy-washy for me.I mean what is there to cry about in something good? Tears don't get to show up in good times too. We see enough of them in the sad ones.But today was a first.I got teary-eyed at a happy ending. It was nothing too incredible or stunning or anything mind-blowing really. It was simple. And in that simplicity, it encompassed so much more than any grandiose ending could ever have. Because isn't life ultimately about the simple stuff?The PlotFangirl follows the life of Cather as she muddles through her freshman year at college, with her social anxieties and this almost religious circumventing of any social interaction. But I wouldn't say she is closed off. It's just that she is much more comfortable with her glasses on, laptop in front of her, writing fanfiction. She writes fanfiction on Simon Snow series which is equivalent to our Harry Potter phenomenon and has a massive fan following. We follow one year of her life, the year before the release of the last book in the Simon Snow series.Now, I got into reading with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Yep, the third book and with no idea whatsoever about the previous two installments. I had this heavy, hardbound copy which my mom used to read me to bed every night. And that marked the beginning of my HP obsession. I was in 6th grade when HP7 was to be released and had managed to find friend who was just as HP crazy as me. We used to squabble over who would end up with whom, will Harry-Hermione ever be possible, Snape-bitching, what will happen to Harry and all sorta shit. When I completed Deathly Hallows, a month, a WHOLE GODDAMN MONTH AFTER ITS RELEASE, for this one moment, before I started babbling over how Harry triumphed over Voldy, I was shocked. It was over. When something you grow up with comes to an end, it is scary and.. new and you don't know if you'll ever feel so much invested in something ever again.So, yes I'm rambling, reading through Cath's obsession and fangirl-ism was nostalgic and sad and delightful and relatable all at once.Conclusion, I may or not be wholly ruled by my emotions here. Wholly.Characterization and other good stuffAs much biased as I am here, these is still something so refreshing about this book. The characterisation was amazing. Everyone, and I mean everyone was so real. They had their own quirks, separate qualities, distinct shortcomings. No one was wholly perfect or irredeemably bad. I adored them.The best part about the book is that it gives equal importance to all the relationships portrayed. Whether it was the father-daughter relationship between Art and Cath or the twins', Cath and Wren's development or Raegan's awkward and straight-forward friendship or the budding romance. Because it it so common in today's YA to erase all other people to make space for the luurrvvee interest. Rowell navigates this tricky area brilliantly.Now, I'll take a moment to talk about Cath and Wren's deal. I love love love love their relationship. It was so cute the way that they supported each other, wrote fanfiction together and were always there for each other. There were no unnecessary jealousies, petty rivalries or frivolous quibbles. As I said, refreshing.The romance angleWe all are more than familiar with today’s love interests. Their muscled body, ripped abs, broad shoulders and what the fuck not. To say Levi’s descriptions were out of the norm would be an understatement. He has a receding hairline, soft muscled body and no towering 6 foot plus height. Levi had no scarred past or traumatic childhood; in fact he is one of the good guys, who have suddenly fallen out of the fad. You know the type, chivalrous, polite, a smile pasted on and being nice to strangers just because they can. They take a moment to read a bus driver’s name and thank them. Peeta Mellark kinda guy.Because he is more than just the sexy love interest. First he is a nice person and then has more layers to him, which was so great to read about. Levi is outgoing, popular, the social kind which contrasted sharply with Cath's introversion. And they complemented each other perfectly.So, needless to say, what wasn't there to love about the guy?So, inspite of all Levi’s swoon worthiness, if I talk about something that transcends even him, then you know, the book is good. More than good. Excellent.And now, I can't resist; I have to talk about Cath.Cather AveryYou know about your siblings. How they annoy you at times, trouble you but you still manage to have loads of fun with them. How it is alright for you to bitch about them but no one else can say a word against them. How protective you are of them.That is exactly how I feel about Cath. She is hesitant to trust others, reluctant to make friends, but once you get to know her, you can't help but feel she is amazing. She is a geek. A nerd. A bookworm. And I loved that about her. I loved how strong she remains in crisis, how caring and supportive she is of her father, how protective she is of Wren.Her interactions with Raegan are hilarious.“What’s wrong with Levi?”“Nothing,” Cath said. “He’s just … not like me.”“You mean, smart?”“Levi’s really smart,” Cath said defensively.“I know,” Reagan said, just as defensively.“He’s different,” Cath said. “He’s older. He smokes. And he drinks. And he’s probably had sex. I mean, he looks like he has.”Reagan raised her eyebrows like Cath was talking crazy. And Cath thought—not for the first time, but for the first time since last night—that Levi had probably had sex with Reagan.“And he likes to be outside,” Cath said, just to change the subject. “And he likes animals. We don’t have anything in common.”“You’re making him sound like he’s some rowdy mountain man who, like, smokes cigars and has sex with prostitutes.”So, wrapping up,This is a do-not-miss-even-if-the-fucking-sky-is-falling. It is breezy and joyous coming of age novel which will undoubtedly tug at your heartstrings. Beneath all the fun and humor lie subtle hints to maturity and development. The honesty and innocence it emanates will lift your spirit and restore your faith in YA literature.I am leaving you with this absolutely stunning vignette of wisdom:“I find Ugg boots really comforting,” Cath said.“Why? Because they’re warm?”“No. Because they remind me that we live in a place where you can still get away with, even get excited about, Ugg boots. In fashionable places, you have to pretend that you’re over them, or that you’ve always hated them. But in Nebraska, you can still be happy about new Ugg boots. That’s nice. There’s no end of the innocence.”

  • Ariel
    2018-08-19 20:14

    WELL. FANGIRL. IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL RIGHT NOW. I read it, so let’s talk about it!Things I liked:- The examination of fanfiction as a type of literature- The importance of family through sibling and parent relationships- The importance of moving on and letting go (although I felt this plot point was drobbed and underdeveloped.. but the idea was there!)- Adorable adorable romance- Showing the reality of social awkwardness- The alternate Harry Potter land- That it made me pull almost an all-nighter finishing it- OVERALL: I thought this was a well written, cute story, with a cute romance that made me feel all bubbly, while still demonstrating some important transition from teen-to-adult lessonsThings I didn’t like:- The main character. I found her so closed to life. And I realize that the point was that she was going from closed off to more open.. but I never felt that transition. I found her extremely frustrating because of her inability to allow change and accept transition. I absolutely would not have minded if she found making changes DIFFICULT.. but she never even tried! She never went out of her comfort zone!- Anti-climactic moments: I felt that there was a lack of rise and falls in the story.. it felt a bit directionless and as though there were a few goals in the plot, I felt that they got dropped along the way for the romance.. what about the sister? The dad? The mom? Her classes? Her fanfic? Some of these technically got finished, but it just felt like they fell to the wayside of the romantic plot WHICH WAS LOVELY but still. But still.- OVERALL: My largest problem was the main character. When I read a story I like to sympathize/empathize with the main character and I really had a hard time with Cather.. I really didn’t appreciate how closed off she was to new things!I absolutely understand why this is so popular right now, and I actually recommend it if the story sounds like something you might like, and I definitely had a fun time reading it.. but I read it as a cute contemporary and it didn’t deliver too much more than that. Nov 5th: It's 3:45 am. I have just finished marathoning this book for the past 6 hours. I'm tired, I'm hungry, and I have to go to class in the morning. WORTH IT.

  • Kai
    2018-08-09 00:00

    “I'm the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight.”Fangirl is one of my all time favourites. It's one of those "cuddle up with a blanket"-"sip hot chocolate"-"feel good"-books. There's not many books that can do this to me. I think this works so good for because Rainbow Rowell captured the kind of sadness and loneliness that also functions as an emotional wall between the protagonist and the outer world with such skillfulness that I immediately recognised this feeling. There's lots of novels that feature bookworms who'd rather live between the pages than in real life. But Rainbow Rowell is the first author who really had me believing.Apart from that, I can only compliment her on the characters and dialouges. Funny and sad, loving and romantic. Cath's life felt so real to me. Growing apart, doubting your life decisions, struggling to keep your head up. But also rediscovering your spirit, making new and fantastic experiences and learning that there's something beautiful in life for everyone. This is the kind of pick-me-up novel that let's you sit in your own sullenness for a while, only to make you smile from the inside out later.Definitely Rowell's best book so far.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Ashley Nuckles
    2018-08-10 19:54

    Screaming internally because I want my own Levi now, please and thank you.

  • Lauren
    2018-07-24 20:01

    You know, it’s been so long since I’ve disliked a book to the point of wanting to rant about it that I was starting to think I’d lost my cynical edge.So I guess that’s one point in Fangirl’s favor.And, you know, I liked Fangirl at first. It seemed that it was going to do something new with a protagonist that wasn’t the typical quirky teen girl.Here’s where I stop and give my short review before delving into a much-needed rant: The protagonist, Cath, is a wholly passive character who gets exactly what she wants with no effort. There’s a dreamy love interest who makes Prince Charming look like an inconsiderate jerk. Anyone who disagrees with Cath is awful. This book very much needed an editor, because even Mary Sue is side eying Cath and saying, Really? There are a lot of problems with this book.But none of them are quiet so amusing and creepy as The Scene. The Scene reads like a rejected outtake from Fifty Shades of Grey (which I haven’t read, other than the super snarky blog posts of some of the more hilarious excerpts). That in and of itself is kind of appropriate, because Fangirl is about fan fiction and Fifty Shades of Grey is Twilight fan fiction with names changed.I should preface my description of The Scene with some background: the protagonist, Cath, is emotionally stunted and almost assuredly has some mental issues. That part of the book works beautifully: Ms. Rowell’s ability to capture Cath’s social phobias was one of the strongest parts of the book. Cath is painfully shy and awkward, not in a cute way, but in a painfully brutal way that makes ordinary social interactions uncomfortable.That part is good. No complaints there.What makes the love angle weird is that Cath has the emotional maturity of a 13-year-old girl. In comparison, her dreamy boy toy reads as a guy in his mid- to late-twenties. Which leaves readers with a love scene between one character who reads like she’s in junior high and another character who reads like he’s pushing, at the very least, 30.Eat your heart out, Nabokov.The Scene itself is about our almost lovers attempting to overcome the girl’s phobias about a physical relationship (WHICH IS EXPECTED, BECAUSE SHE’S 13). To make her comfortable, her Prince Charming suggests she read a slash (homosexual) fan fiction she wrote about two characters from a best-selling children’s book series (the fictional versions of Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy). That’s right. The big romantic scene features a virginal straight girl reading her boyfriend a gay love story that she wrote about characters from a children’s book.Look, I’m all about different strokes for different folks. As long as everyone’s consented and is capable of giving said consent, have whatever sort of kinky fun you want. But.I doubt most readers would find the reverse of this sexy. If the guy said “hey, sweetheart, I have issues with getting my motor revving and the only way to fix that will be if you and I look at a bunch of naked photos I took of two straight girls pretending to be lesbians,” I think the reaction would be outrage rather than “OMG So Hot and Understanding.”But – and this is really the major point – it wasn’t sexy. It was creepy and weird and not good creepy and weird. Cath has the maturity level of a preteen, which worked at the beginning of the book, but she doesn’t mature at all over the course of the novel. Having a twenty-something guy seduce her? No thanks.Said scene isn’t helped by the fact that readers are given no understanding as to why Mr. Perfect is attracted to Cath. The only reason I could come up with is that Mr. Perfect is an odd dude who has a thing about the conquest of really virginal girls. No other reason is provided to explain his attraction. She’s just kind of there, and he’s just kind of there, and she’s mean to him, and she reads him her fan fiction and he loves it because, duh, she’s that amazing. She shows no interest in his life whatsoever and apparently that translates into him being crazy about her.I mean, put like that, he sounds like he has some deep-seated issues of his own, what with being attracted to women who treat him horribly. After taking a break to distance myself from feeling that I had just read something that veered way too close to erotica involving a minor, I started reading again.I wish I hadn’t. Over the last part of the book, the plot, already not great, takes a nosedive. Cath is way too passive throughout the book, but her passivity reaches epic levels towards the end, and the take-away message seems to be that “coming of age” means everyone doing exactly what Cath wants and having everyone stay at the maturity level of junior high, only with sex. I like coming-of-age books because, done well, they resonate and tap into a plethora of emotions. Even the middle-of-the-road stuff is engaging. But there is nothing here to warrant a “coming of age” tag. Nothing. Cath doesn’t grow at all. The few times when she’s challenged, she never has to stand up for herself because someone else rides in to save the day. Sure, she has some family issues that suck, but who doesn’t? Plus, those family issues are within her comfort zone. She’s dealt with them for years, and she knows the drill. Whenever she’s challenged outside of her comfort zone, someone else swoops in and saves her. She’s never held accountable or forced to stand up for herself. It’s an anti-coming of age story.Also, as someone who spent most of my freshman year of college hiding my childhood obsession with all things Star Trek, I hated how the “nerdy fangirl” was treated here. Granted, I never wrote Star Trek fan fiction and went to all of one convention, but the way Fangirl tackles the topic lacks any and all finesse. That Cath’s twin sister wanted to make a break from their shared childhood hobbies and interests doesn’t make her a bad person, although that's the lesson here. I know a lot of people who struggled with reconciling who they were in high school with who they wanted to be in college, whether it was science fiction and fantasy, religion, or hair color. That's normal! It’s part of growing up: trying on different personas and finding what works and what doesn’t and what is a childhood obsession and what may turn into a lifelong obsession. Given the blurb on the jacket flap, that’s what I expected here. Nope.Frankly, a book from Cath’s sister’s perspective would have been loads more interesting than Cath’s trapped-in-the-past-and-everyone-else-is-awful-because-they-want-me-to-grow-up neuroses.I was excited to see a book out there about fangirls that claimed to not treat them as pathetic punch lines. I guess I was sort of expecting something like Galaxy Quest (which, incidentally, was just voted a better Star Trek movie than some actual Star Trek movies – how amazing is that?).But Fangirl is almost worse than outright mocking. I liked seeing a ‘traditional’ author opting for a sympathetic portrayal of fan fiction. I view fan fiction as the literary equivalent of fantasy football, and I’m baffled by the bizarre stigma attached to it. Spend fourteen hours every Sunday from September to January glued to a TV watching men give each permanent brain damage and that’s acceptable (says the sports fan). For that matter, go see the studio-sanctioned JJ Abrams fan fiction of Star Trek and that’s hip (which is awful, because Abrams’ version is nothing more than a crappy, dumb-as-nails Explode-o-rama in space). Those are fine. But a written-for-free story about Harry Potter? The horrors!Honestly, Fangirl, rather than celebrating the creativity of fans, simply affirms the ‘weirdness’ of the hobby.To that end, the fiction class subplot was awful. Just awful. I get it. Cath is a special snowflake who can do no wrong. Based on her experience writing fan fiction, she is a perfect author in need of no correction. She’s learned it all and should probably be teaching fiction writing, because she’s that amazing.Sure she is.The one thing I can usually rely on in novels is that writers know about writing and the world of writing (to be fair to Ms. Rowell: she does have a few good paragraphs about getting into the zone). It’s therefore weird to read a novel that features such an unrealistic portrayal of creative writing.Working in a creative field entails dealing with criticism and rejection. Criticism is painful, but it is pain with a purpose. It takes people with raw talent and potential and forces them to improve. I live in LA, and more than once have heard people use “So what’s the worst review you’ve ever had?” as an icebreaker. As a way to get to know someone, it sounds awful, but I’m amazed at how well it works. Because everyone has that story. Most have multiple stories, because it’s a normal part of the job. As a film professor once told me, none of his students would improve if he told them nothing more than “good job” and “you’re so talented.”But that’s all Cath hears. Because Cath is perfect. Except her mean old professor doesn’t like fan fiction and doesn’t want Cath turning in fan fiction for assignments. How dare she. Because Cath is flawless. She needs no critiquing. Any piece of work she touches is brilliant.In other words, the Simon Snow series is not the biggest fantasy featured in Fangirl. NOT recommended.

  • LolaReviewer
    2018-08-01 01:07

    CARRY ON AND FANGIRL ALL OVER THIS BOOK.Oh my freaking god. How crazy is it that I now feel like starting a new blog and loosing myself in my own written virtual universe? Ha, I definitely don’t have time for that, but Cather is one inspiring girl. The word ‘‘fanfiction’’ is not one I am unfamiliar with. I know what it means, how it works and what kind of effect it has on people. I’ve just never been a ‘‘fan’’ of it myself. I like original pieces of work, and if I don’t in fact like a story, I don’t feel invested enough to seek alternate versions. I’m glad fanfiction exists, though, I’m all for never-ending stories and self-expression. I’m not saying you won’t ever see me read one (I’m dying to get my hands on The Student Prince), but the writer needs to change A LOT of elements for me to consider even glancing at it. Is that strange? Maybe, maybe not.None the less, and quite to my surprise, I LOVED Simon and Baz. Probably because… Hey, I knew they came straight out of the Harry Potter series, but the author changing physical features, names and even personality traits, helped me in forgetting that piece of information and just focus on the new story she provided us with. Plus I love gay romance. You know how sometimes you read a contemporary story and you can compare what happens in the novel to things that have happened to you in the past or to someone you know? Well, Fangirl did not make me feel like that. It’s not necessarily a bad thing… but, to me, it has more of a fairy tale feeling to it than anything else. I could connect with Cather’s obsession for Simon and Baz, since I have my own LGBT coupleSSSS to obsess over (Damen and Laurent, Alec and Magnus, etc). Of course, the parts related to her mother are not wonderful but sad, except they’re also inconclusive. Like, will she keep growing up without a mother? Cather is a heroine very easily likeable. I mean, what’s not to like?The girl is a book addict (just like many of us), writes, gets straight A’s and doesn’t go on partying and drinking every night. It’s funny how she thinks she and her twin sister Wren are alike, since Wren is exactly the opposite of her and I felt how different they were when reading the story. She has her charm, though. I wish we’d gotten more of Reagan. She’s there… but not exactly there. She comes and goes, has only Tweet-long conversations with Cather and honestly doesn’t seem that much interested in her, so I was surprised when Cather admitted to been Reagan’s best girl friend. Levi is adorable. If he could an object, he would be a Teddy Bear for everyone to hug!As for the writing, daaamn… I have had a forthy-page taste of Rainbow Rowell’s writing in My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, and sadly so, I was disappointed by her Holiday story and strongly thought that this author might not be for me after all. So imagine my shock when I was completely entranced by her writing in Fangirl. Here's to second chances! *wink* *wink*I CANNOT WAIT TO SNATCH OPEN CARRY ON.

  • Samantha
    2018-07-25 18:50

    4.5 stars! As someone with anxiety who also has immersed herself in fandom since high school, this was almost the perfect contemporary for me. I still struggled with whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. Who knows... After a day I may come back to give it 5.. I did read it in one day after all.

  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    2018-07-26 19:48

    Yes, I'd like me one Levi Stewart please, thank you.(Art by this very talented human.)___________________________________Book Song: Afraid by The Neighbourhood.___________________________________

  • Christine Riccio
    2018-08-08 02:14

    Loved this book <3 Full review/booktalk: http://youtu.be/x6DmZnc6Nd8

  • Hannah
    2018-08-07 21:53

    This was everything I wanted and more. I absolutely loved it <3

  • Regan
    2018-07-24 20:55

    I want more.

  • karen
    2018-08-12 23:01

    ah, fanfiction. it is such a curious phenomenon to me. i find its very existence delightful and wondrous, but i know it is not for me, not really. i've never loved any book or any character enough to read fanfic about. there are books i wish had sequels, sure, but i have never wanted to seek out work by people other than the original author about specific characters or worlds. also, since the relationshippy parts of books are usually my least favorite, and 90 percent of fanfic is slash and relationship stuff, it is of no use to me.but the idea of a community of mostly straight girls writing gay male relationship stories between characters from popular books and movies is so bizarre and fascinating to me. and there is so much of it! and these fic authors are so prolific and their followers so intense! it is a whole subculture that i would never have the energy to be a part of, but i marvel at it, mostly through dana, who is herself a fangirl, and who gave me a heads-up to the only fanfic i have ever read, and which i truly loved:http://archiveofourown.org/works/601147until now. because although the fanfic in this book is riffing off an imaginary series, i thought it was wonderful and adorable and it gave me the flavor of being a fanfic fan without any of the commitment. i kind of wish these books did exist, so i could read them, and then read this fanfic and follow magicath every night. i appreciate the passion and the impulse that goes into fanfic, and i really wish there were characters i cared enough about to find fanfic of online. but i guarantee no one is writing Donald Harington fic, so i assume this will be the extent of my involvement in the world of fandom. but it's enough. i thought this was a really refreshing story, written effortlessly. the characters were genuine and charming rather than being "types." it was funny and sweet and sad without seeming to be trying to be funny or sad, which is rarer than it sounds. i can rarely lose myself in a book enough to forget that it is a construct, but reading this was more like people-watching than reading, in a way. it succeeds on every level: as a relationship story, as a family story, as a - not a coming-of-age so much as a coming-into-one's-ownself story, and as a peek into a subculture with characters who are charming and feel authentic. i loved its wit and its honesty and its richly-drawn people. the scene of cath psyching herself up in front of the mirror before levi's party was so perfect and funny, and levi's meeting her sweetly baffled father, regan's rules and the way she handles the awkward situation she finds herself in - just great scenes, all. the only thing keeping this from a 5 star for me is that i think some things were left too open ended - i wanted a clearer end-story about her mother, and about nick, but maybe this is perfectly intentional, and it is an open call encouragement for people to write fanfic about Fangirl. META!!and maybe i will even read it….

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2018-07-30 21:56

    This book is the best of ever. I'M JUST SAYIN'. It is. If you're a writer or an introvert, I can almost (practically) guarantee at some point this book is going to hit you in a very relatable way.I was so emotionally invested in this book. Gosh. Look at me. I'm a fangirling (ha, pun) mess. I can't even write a logical review!I seriously just love this book so much.I really connected to the characters!Can we just talk about Cath for a moment? She has a social anxiety disorder and (knowing from experience) it is written so DANG WELL, I nearly cried. Cath didn't find the cafeteria in her dorm for 3 weeks because she was too scared. She lived off peanut butter and protein bars. That's totally something I would do. (Says she who has emergency peanut butter in her room.) All of Cath's quirks and introverted ways...I just related to, so this made the book hugely special to me. I felt like the author had written it FOR me, which is awesome. Thanks Rainbow Rowell, me old pal. (Har, har.) Oh, yeah, there were other characters besides Cath. Duh.SO. I have to mention Cath's identical twin first: Wren. (Yes, their names are "Cather" and "Wren"...their mother wasn't expecting twins.) Wren made me angry. I understood that she was flexing wings and needed to try "life without her sister". But, as Levi ends up mentioning, it's like Wren "broke up" with Cath. It's sad. You can't just dump someone when you want to look for other options. And they're sisters! Cath is an introvert dumped in a scary new college...Wren, let me hit you with a book.Wren made me angry the whole time, but she was very well written as a character. (An annoying character).Levi was kind of adorable.I loved him a lot...although, yeah, *squints eyes suspiciously at Levi* He had issues.I don't actually see this as a love-triangle at all.While there are potentially two love-interests, I think it handles like real life and not like a triangle where two random guys are vying for the "invisible" girl's affections (which, let's face it, is very unlikely). That saying, also: I HATE NICK.Reagan was brilliant!I'm totally in awe of how she was written....she was perfectly mean and sweet all at once. Plot?Weeell, to be honest, I got to 50% and asked my sister (who'd already read this) "What the heck are they going to do for the rest of the book?1" They sure found plenty to do, though, even if it isn't breakneck speed or mind numbing suspense.The entire book is hugely addictive.I could NOT put it down.Writing?Beautiful. I admit to not being the biggest fan ofEleanor and Park , but I love Rainbow Rowell's style. It's amazing. Addictive. Clear. Oh, and concise! And I love it how she writes about issues close to home. Nothing is unrealistic or unreal about her books. I love how she weaves her characters' relationships in and out until they're just as complicated as in the real world. Okay! Okay! I'll stop gushing. But seriously: introverts, this is a story written specifically for you. I haven't been so invested in a book since the beginning of the year. I just...yeah. Brilliant. I'm so glad my sister is reviewing this on the blog, though, because I'm an incoherent babbly fangirling mess. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    2018-08-10 21:05

    First read November 2013Reread October 2015I definitely changed my opinions on this book after reading it a second time, so here's a little updated review!Back in 2013, I read and reviewed 'Fangirl', and since then I've read it again only to find my thoughts and opinions have changed.When I first read the book, I remember being so frustrated with Cath for throwing away her University degree by not doing her assignments because she didn't feel like it. But it wasn't because she didn't feel like it, it's because she actually COULDN'T do it. I get it now, because I recently went through something similar where my anxiety got so out of control that I literally couldn't do anything, let alone assignments. So I totally get it now that I've truly been in Cath's shoes! She's such a relatable character for so many people and I love Rainbow Rowell so much for creating her and sharing her with us!Another thing that changed from my original review was the fandom aspect. This time around, I found myself skimming the Simon Snow excerpts, and even in some cases, skipping them entirely. I was just so invested in what was happening in the real world with Cath and Levi and all of their friends/families that I didn't care about Simon, to be honest. And all of the Simon Snow bits were taken from all over the place (the original series, Cath's fanfiction, etc.), and I think it would have worked better if Rowell had just sticked with ONE Simon Snow story, instead of all of them combined. Other than that, I really enjoyed the story in its entirety. It was cute and fluffy with just the right amount of drama, and the characters were all really well rounded. The family aspect was spot on and the romance was SO cute.Originally I rated it 4 stars, and even though I don't have the same issues with the book, I found other problems with the book so I can't really raise my rating. I still give it 4 stars and still definitely recommend it!Original review:Caution: Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.I went into this book with such high expectations that it fell flat a tiny bit for me in terms of the storyline and the main character. The premise was so exciting to me that I just knew I was going to love it, and don’t get me wrong, I definitely really liked it, but it just wasn’t a 5 star book for me. Here’s why:Because everyone has been raving about this book like there’s no tomorrow, I was expecting more from the storyline. I was expecting something big to happen or a massive problem or a shocking revelation but I almost felt like nothing really happened. It was so promising for me up until the end, and I mean, sure, Cath’s sister ended up in hospital but then everything quickly turned fine and dandy. I was just expecting a huge plot twist or a massive emotional ending. Unfortunately, I did not get either of these things. The other thing that made me take off a star was the main character, Cath. Yes, most of the time I could really relate to her but sometimes I just wanted to shake her and ask her, “What the hell are you doing? Pull yourself together!” If you’re in college or university, you don’t just not do your assignments. That shit has to get done or you’re wasting a hell of a lot of money for nothing just because you don’t feel like doing it. That annoyed me. I just didn’t get why she was being a whiny, selfish, annoying character sometimes, but most of the time, I really did like her character.Okay, moving on to the good things:I LOVED the fandom aspect to this and the fact that it was extremely similar to Harry Potter. I also don’t know if I’m looking to much into it, but I felt like Simon and the Humdrum, being two parts of one person (one good and one evil) could relate to Cath and Wren and how different they are, and that one doesn’t exist without the other, you know? I don’t know if that makes any sense. Anyway, I loved Regan and Levi, they were just the best characters and I just loved Regan’s attitude and Levi’s happy vibe that just made you giggle a little (okay, a lot!) They were really well done.I love how deeply the family aspects ran through this story. You know how you read a book and sometimes the characters parents just kind of disappear? Yeah, I love how that didn’t happen in this story. Family was very prominent and I really appreciated that. In fact, almost all of the characters had families that were mentioned now that I think about it.Overall, I really did enjoy this book but there were just a few things that ticked me off a bit. But I definitely still recommend it if you’re in the mood for a good contemporary about fandoms!!My Rating: ★★★★☆

  • Susanne
    2018-08-21 18:52

    Fangirl had quality. It was well-written, well-told and well-crafted. I had super high hopes! I know some of my friends said that this was the best book this year. But for me, it dragged and it was B.O.R.I.N.G. I was close to not finish it. I am glad I stuck it out but it felt like a chore. I was like – did I get another book than all the other reviewers? It is a story about Cather who writes fanfiction and prefer her Internet friends. She is abandoned by her more outgoing identical twin when they start college. She has to find her own way and in its own way it was kind of beautiful.I read to escape and experience wonderful things. I want to go into another world and feel happy things. I want to laugh and go all "awww" over the book. I want it to sparkle and I want to feel like I want to move into that world. I want to feel like I would like to switch place with the heroine. I don't want to read about reality. And don't want to read about grey everyday life.So for that reason, Fangirl wasn't for me. It is a great young adult book. Probably one of the best ones out there. If you like the genre and want to read a fine coming of age book, then go ahead. You will probably love it. I am sorry I didn't.

  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    2018-08-18 20:48

    “Accidential buddy read” with the amazing Maks! ;-)When I began to read “Fangirl” I was looking for something fluffy and nice and after finishing the book I can say that I actually got everything I expected! *lol*This book was indeed very fluffy and nice and it made me smile and caused me to chuckle and it was sometimes silly and strange but also serious and sad! XD So yeah I got the whole range of human emotions and I definitely didn’t regret to read this book! =)) (I’m truly sorry that Maks didn’t enjoy it as much as I did, but I guess it’s only natural that tastes differ! ;-))Well anyway, what I’m trying to tell you is that everyone who’s ever been part of some Fandom is actually kind of bound to enjoy this book! XD “Fangirl” describes the feelings of the fans so good and I swear whenever Cath went into rhapsodies about Simon and Baz I was like: I feel you girl, I so do!!!! XD Her enthusiasm was just so relatable and I really enjoyed reading her fanfic. I loved the idea of Simon and Baz being in love and I’m sooo going to read “Carry On”. ;-P (I imagine this would be like Malfoy and Harry falling in love. LOL*)Okay, so after getting rid of all my initial thoughts I’m finally able to write this review! XDThe Plot:As Maks has already pointed out there was no brilliant or mind-blowing storyline you could have sunk your teeth into. In fact the entire book could have been described in one sentence: Cath and Wren are twins that just finished high school and started to go to university. It’s some sort of teenage romance though, so yeah what did you expect? *lol* Of course both of them are struggling with their lives and yes, they both fall in love! ;-P But hey if you actually bothered to read the summary on the back of the book you got exactly what you bargained for! XDThis said, we can move to the characters and this time around there actually is a lot to tell!Brace yourself my fellow book readers, because we’re plunging right into the territory of spoilers! ;-PThe Characters:Cath: I loved this girl so much! At the beginning of the book she was so shy and withdrawn but the longer I read the more I was able to understand her strange behaviour. For Cath to write her fan fiction was everything she needed to function properly and the harder her life became, the more she retreated into her own world. Sometimes I got angry because I hated that she didn’t put up more of a fight and sometimes I just wanted to hug her for being so incapable to speak up her mind. Her struggle was just so relatable and I really felt sorry for her. Especially because her sister was an immature moron and Cath really deserved better than that. It was so nice to see how she got independent though and in some way I even think I have to be grateful Wren was such a foolish dork!“They probably think you like them.”“I do like them.”“If it wasn’t exploitive, you’d harass smart boys, too – ““I do, in a pinch. Do you feel exploited, Cather?” He was still grinning at her over his coffee cup.“No she said, “I know that you don’t like me.”“You don’t know anything.””I can’t thank you enough for bringing me here. But I couldn’t mean this more: I’d like it if you left now. I don’t just kiss people. Kisses aren’t … just with me. That’s why I’ve been avoiding you. That’s why I’d like to avoid you now. Okay?””I’m probably going to be crazy for the rest of my life, thanks to her. I’m going to keep fucked-up decisions and doing weird things that I don’t even realise are weird. People are going to feel sorry for me, and I won’t ever have any normal relationships – and it’s always going to be because I didn’t have a mother. Always. That’s the ultimate kind of broken. The kind of damage you never recover from. I hope she feels terrible. I hope she never forgives herself.”Wren: I didn’t like her and I think I still don’t. I mean, yes it was nice that they somehow made up in the end but seriously some of the things Wren did were just stupid an unforgivable! Alone the moment when she said that she wasn’t going to visit their father in hospital because they had finals! I was like OMG, you can’t be serious!!!! If my father would have been in hospital I would have been there in a heartbeat and wouldn’t even have given a damn about stupid finals! Gah!!! Wren’s inconsiderate behaviour just made me angry and I had an almost overwhelming urge to shake her back to her senses. XDLevi: I liked Levi and his candidness right from the beginning and I was so rooting for him and Cath. When they made out in her bed after she read to him I was like: YESSHHH!!! Finally!!! And then, and then he did something completely stupid and I couldn’t understand the world anymore! I was like WTH!!??? I can understand why he kissed that other girl and I know Cath and him were not even dating, but still the entire encounter with the other girl kind of threw me. I mean Levi was so nice and sweet and caring and then he takes the next best girl that bats her eyelashes at him? Well, I guess Mrs. Rowell had to give him some flaws; otherwise he just would have been too perfect, right? *lol* Anyway, I just loved Levi’s chivalry and I adored him for being so sympathetic and kind! XD ”You’re not the ugly one.” Levi grinned. “You’re just the Clark Kent.”Cath started checking her e-mail.“Hey, Cath,” Levi said, kicking her chair. She could hear the teasing in his voice. “Will you warn me when you take off your glasses?””Read me some of your secret, dirty fanfiction.””He’s a vampire!” Levi shouted at her laptop. “And he’s hunting you! He stays up all night , watching you sleep, trying to decide whether to eat you whole or one chunk at a time.”Reagan: The best roommate ever!!!! Haha she reminded me so much of my own bestie and whenever I tried to picture her she had the face of my best friend. *LOL* Seriously it was almost like Rainbow Rowell knew her! *lol*”Just go, Cath,” Reagan said. “It’ll take five minutes, and if you get raped now, it’ll be our fault. I haven’t got time for the pain.”Cath looked at Reagan. Even without her makeup and hair, the girl was terrifying. There was just no fear in her. No hesitation. Talking to Reagan was like standing in front of an oncoming train.”Cath’s and Wren’s father: I don’t know why but I really liked their father! Some of his statements were just so epic and even though it was kind of obvious that he struggled, he still tried everything possible to help his girls. I think for being a single father that had some sort of mental illness he actually did more than just well and there were moments I just wanted to tell him that he’s awesome and that everything would turn out to be alright. =)”Not that her dad would actually do that, the mashed potato thing. That wasn’t his style at all. A fireman’s pole to the attic. Spur-of-the-moment road trips. Staying up for three nights because he discovered Battlestar Galactica on Netflix… That was the MO to his madness.”“She and Wren had gotten good at watching him. At noticing when a little manic slid into a lot. When charismatic gave way to crazed. When the twinkle in his eyes turned into a burnt-out flash.””Cath, if you’re really worried about me, I’m begging you, go back to school. Because if you drop out because of me, if you lose your scholarship, if you set yourself back – because of me – I won’t be able to live with myself.”The ending:(view spoiler)[I loved that moment when they were at the book store and bought the final Simon book!!! ARGH!!! It reminded me so much of my own feelings when my bestie and I bought our last Harry Potter book!!! It was like something big was ending and we were so emotional and happy and devastated at the same time!! *lol* Oh and the fact Levi and Cath read the final book together? Just too damn sweet!!!! XD (hide spoiler)]”What if I promise to let you touch me first?”“Are you kidding? I’m the untrustworthy person in this relationship. I’m all hands.”“I’ve seen no evidence of that, Cather.”“In my head, I’m all hands.”“I want to live in your head.”All told I really enjoyed this book and if you’re looking for a teen romance that is all fluffy and nice and will make you smile, then this definitely should be your choice of book!!! ;-P

  • Debra
    2018-08-17 21:05

    ♥ 4.5 STARS. ♥Fangirl was such a refreshing and wonderful story! It's both a coming of age story about a girl starting a new life in college, as well as a friend to lovers story. From the moment I started reading it, Rainbow Rowell managed to suck me into the world of Cath, Levi, Simon Snow and all the other equally unique side characters. The author's easyflowing writing style made it seem as a very simple story at the time I was reading it, but looking back at it as a whole the story managed to convey a very true and important message about life, love and friendship. ♦ Cath ♦"I don't trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more I care about somebody, the more I am sure they're going to get tired of me and take off."Eighteen year old Cath and her twin sister Wren have close their entire life. Although they are very different, with Cath being shy, introvert and little socially awkward and Wren being the exact opposite, they have always had one passion in common: reading, re-reading and obsessing over Simon Snow stories. "Loving Simon isn't something someone does alone or once a year at a convention - for thousands of fans of all ages, loving Simon Snow is nothing less than a life style."Now, when the sisters start college, Wren is ready to move on from her Simon Snow obsession and start a new adventure. She's convinced they need to meet new people and decides it's best they not room together. Cath, on the other hand, remains a die hard Simon Snow fan. She much rather spends her time with fictional characters and internet friends than venturing herself in the unknown college world. But college and the new people she meets also make her realize there might be more to life than being solely focused on everything Simon. ♦ Levi ♦"You give away nice like it doesn't cost you anything.”At first, Cath is adverse to getting to know Levi, or any other new person for that matter. She's content just to live in her own protectieve bubble, while reading and writing about her number one passion: Simon Snow. As a very popular fanfiction writer, Cath has thousands of followers on the internet who anxiously await her newest fanfiction entries. She spends almost all of her free time locked up in her room, typing behind her computer. Her new roommate Raegan feels sorry for her and decides to become her friend and forces her to go out more.“I feel sorry for you, and I'm going to be your friend.""I don't want to be your friend," Cath said as sternly as she could. "I like that we're not friends.""Me, too. I'm sorry you ruined it by being so pathetic.” At the same time Cath starts to spend more and more time with the always smiling and helpful, not to mention very goodlooking, Levi. During the first half of the book Cath assumes Levi is Raegan's boyfriend since he spends so much time in their room. But after she finds out they've been broken up for over three years, she allows herself to acknowledge the feelings she has for him. Levi thinks her Simon obsession is adoringly cute and he supports her writing but he also makes her want to push her boundaries and experience the real college life.“What's the plan?' she asked.He grinned. 'My plan is to do things that make you want to hang out with me again tomorrow. What's your plan?''I'm going to try not to make an ass of myself.'He grinned. 'So we're all set.” Cath is an easy to relate to character and her geekiness makes her all the more unique and fun to read about, while Levi is the perfect, sweet and swoonworthy male lead. Their romance was slow building and adoringly awkward at times which made me all the more curious to find out how their relationship would develop. In the end, it was especially Levi's understanding and kind personality that made me root for their happily ever after. “It's okay if you're crazy," he said softly. "You don't even know-""I don't have to know," he said. "I'm rooting for you.” ♥~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~All in all, Fangirl was a highly surprising read that will definitely stay with me for a very long time. It's not the kind of story that will blow you away with sexy scenes or dramafilled situations; on the contrary, it's more the kind of story that will blow you away with its simplicity and meaningful conversations. It was my first book by this author and I'm already looking forward to reading more of her work in the future!If you're looking for a refreshing standalone novel that will leave you with a happy smile after you've finished reading it, Fangirl is the perfect book for you!

  • Warda
    2018-07-28 02:50

    My 4th reread and this book still made heart explode! The story brings me right back to my uni days and the anxiousness I felt on every level. What can I say that already hasn't been said about this book? Cath is a fantastic character. As is Levi, my baby! Reagan. Wren. Their father. This whole flippin' story is!Rainbow Rowell is just incredible at creating characters that feel so darn normal. So like yourself. It's so honest! Reading this book makes me feel afloat. I'll never get enough of it.