Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published by: Macmillan
Publication date: 30th January 2014
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Fangirl. What can I say about Fangirl? To be honest, I'm in a bit of a book hangover. While I attempt to write my thoughts, please look at these lovely GIFs that pretty much sum up how I feel right now...
...and you know I don't usually use GIFs in my reviews, so Fangirl must have been pretty special. A book named after me? I was bound to love it. I have always adored the pure realism in Rainbow Rowell's books - she doesn't write anything extravagant or mind-blowing. She writes about life. She doesn't show the world in a glorified halo, instead she tells it like it is. And that, mes amis, is the sign of an awesome book.
You know those books where all of the characters are the same? Characters with no flaws, and all with the same voice? Finally, I have found a book that is as far from that as you can get. Each person in Fangirl had a million flaws, and I loved it. Cath, with her shy, quiet, fan-fiction filled lifestyle, Reagan with her, erm, strong language, and Levi with his 'I don't read' attitude. Yeah, that's his biggest flaw, but I'll let it slide.
Rainbow Rowell has perfectly captured what it's like to be a fangirl (although she left out the downsides, like the extortionate prices of fandom merch...*cries*) and I know that fangirls worldwide will relate to this book. There wasn't a page that went by without me laughing or sending my favourite quotes to Hawwa...
Only one thing disappointed me, and that was the ending. Fangirl is over 400 pages long, and there was all this build-up and tension towards the end, and then...nothing. It just ended. That was it. Nothing exciting, nothing dramatic. Some might appreciate the simple ending, but I was just left feeling disappointed by it. Thankfully, the rest of the book made up for it, but still!
Now I understand why everyone has been raving about this book. It's like a happier version of Eleanor and Park, and I was fangirling with a fangirl over Fangirl, it is SO good! Realistic, fun, and relatable, this is a book you won't be able to put down.