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Review: Fangirl

October 8, 2013


Twins Cath and Wren have been raised by their dad since their mom left when they were eight years old.  The girls are huge Simon Snow (a Harry Potter like character) fans, filling their room with posters, dressing as characters from the books, and even writing fan fiction.  Now that it’s time to go to college Wren wants to branch out and make a new life for herself.  She’s pretty much left Simon Snow behind and has told Cath she doesn’t want to room with her.

Wren adjusts to college life quickly and she and her roommate become fast friends.  Things aren’t so easy for Cath, though.  She’s worried about her dad, can’t quite figure out the new relationships she’s forming, and isn’t ready to give up Simon Snow.  She wonders if she’s ready for this new phase of her life.

Fangirl is the second Rainbow Rowell book I’ve read and I have to say she writes fantastic characters.  The characters in this book were very real to me so I cared about their lives.  I adored Cath and was always anxious to get back to the book to see how she was faring because I worried about her.  I cared about the other characters as well and hoped things would turn out for the best.

The plot is great, too, and felt very realistic.  Cath’s struggles to leave her old life behind and adapt to life at college felt very real.  She wanted to do well but felt awkward in social situations and lacked confidence.  Having her dad to worry about didn’t help matters any.  Wren seemed to adjust to her new life just fine but turned out to have struggles of her own.  I think most people can relate to at least one character in this book.

The area of the book I didn’t quite understand was Cath’s obsession with Simon Snow fan fiction.  It’s a defining part of Cath’s character but I couldn’t understand why she didn’t want to write characters of her own.  It’s not that I think there’s anything wrong with fan fiction but Cath obviously had a talent that I thought she should be using.  (For a better understanding of this, you should read Ana’s review of the book.)  That didn’t keep me from loving the book, though – in fact, I now consider myself a Rainbow Rowell fan.   This book is sure to appeal to teens and adults who remember what it’s like to be a teen.

I listened to the audio version of Fangirl and it is expertly narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield.  This fantastic audio is on 10 CDs and lasts approximately 13 hours.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    October 8, 2013 6:11 am

    I just listened to Attachments on audio, and I have Eleanor and Park on my Kindle…I felt left out of the Rainbow Rowell bandwagon! This one will be next on my RR list.

  2. October 8, 2013 6:51 am

    This one sounds fun. I haven’t tried this author, but I do want to try Eleanor and Park especially. Glad u liked this one.

  3. October 8, 2013 7:03 am

    Sounds like a fun read- maybe my 13 yr old daughter and I can read it together.

  4. Beth F permalink
    October 8, 2013 7:28 am

    Argh. Ok, ok, I must start reading or listening to Rowell!

  5. October 8, 2013 8:17 am

    I loved this also. To me, it just seemed like she loved the characters of that world better than the ones from her own life, which hadn’t been too exciting prior to that time!

  6. Patty permalink
    October 8, 2013 11:03 am

    I love books like this!

  7. October 8, 2013 11:04 am

    I’m going to have to pick up a RR book, she seems to be garnering a lot of praise!

  8. Literary Feline permalink
    October 8, 2013 11:58 am

    I have heard great things about this book and am glad you enjoyed it, Kathy!

  9. October 8, 2013 11:59 am

    I know I need to read (or listen to) Rainbow Rowell soon!

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 8, 2013 1:38 pm

    I’m can understand her and click with her just from your descriptions of her. Sounds like I NEED this book.

  11. October 8, 2013 1:47 pm

    I keep reading good things about Rainbow Rowell. I’m going to have to make time to read one of her books.

  12. October 8, 2013 2:45 pm

    I’m definitely a fangirl of Rainbow’s. So glad you liked the audiobook!

  13. October 8, 2013 3:12 pm

    I have this one in my TBR pile and I’m so excited to read it! I really enjoyed Eleanor and Park.

  14. October 8, 2013 4:20 pm

    Wonderful review, Kathy! This audiobook does sound fantastic and now that I am driving more, might be a good choice of listening material. 🙂

  15. October 8, 2013 4:40 pm

    Since I loved Eleanor and Park so much, I definitely plan to read or listen to this book.

  16. October 8, 2013 5:05 pm

    sounds good thanks

  17. October 8, 2013 5:09 pm

    I loved Attachments…and I’ve been pondering about this one. After reading your review, I think I might just give it a whirl.

  18. October 8, 2013 8:00 pm

    I’m happy you’ve jumped on the Rainbow Rowell bandwagon because it’s a great place to be. 🙂 Glad that you enjoyed this one!

  19. October 8, 2013 8:08 pm

    I teach a freshman seminar, so dealing with kids in transition from high school to college is part of my life (at least every fall). I think I would LOVE this book — it’s on my TBR list. Thanks, Kathy!

  20. October 8, 2013 8:36 pm

    Haven’t read this author yet but every review of her books is glowing so I’m getting closer and closer to finding one at the library.

  21. October 8, 2013 8:50 pm

    What I love about Rainbow Rowell’s books are how well her characters are created. To me her books are like Sophie Kinsella’s but with much better characters. Can’t wait to read this one.

  22. Tea Time with Marce permalink
    October 8, 2013 10:30 pm

    I really enjoyed Attachments too and looked at this one last week as a possible soon to be read novel.

  23. October 8, 2013 10:44 pm

    Rainbow seems to have quite a blogger following so I should probably check her out. This one does sound good.

  24. lab1990 permalink
    October 8, 2013 11:59 pm

    I really want to read this one! I completely understand being obsessed with fan fiction. You can write and evolve however you want, but the characters are already there for you to play with. 🙂

    Lauren from

  25. October 10, 2013 3:18 pm

    I enjoyed reading yours and Anna’s reviews. I am quite interested in Fangirl now, even though I am not familiar with Fan-fiction..

  26. October 15, 2013 7:09 am

    I really hope that I get to this book soon. I don’t think I’ve seen one bad review for Fangirl yet!!!

  27. bookingmama permalink
    October 17, 2013 6:44 am

    Oh! I just have to read this one. I loved Eleanor & Park and still need to read The Attachments!

  28. October 18, 2013 9:03 pm

    I am looking forward to reading this one at some point. I liked Eleanor & Park.

  29. November 1, 2013 4:53 pm

    I enjoyed E & P and look forward to this one in eBook format.

  30. November 4, 2013 4:52 pm

    Have you read Eleanor and Park? So great!

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