Monday, 10 February 2014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published by: Macmillan
Publication date: 30th January 2014
Pages: 459
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.


Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life. Without Wren, Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realising that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible...

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.

27 comments:

  1. WOOT WOOT. #FangirlQuotesFTW. Do we need a couch? Also. Yes. LEVI. How could you not read it's a disgrace?! The end disappointed me too but that's a good point about Fangirl being a happy version of Eleanor and Park. :)
    Greaaaat review mon cher licorne. <3

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    1. Yes. Yes, we do need a couch, go and buy one.
      Merci mon cher licorne <3

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  2. Haha, those quotes sound fab! I've heard SO much about this book lately and all of it good. I'm pretty sure my sister has it on her kindle so I'll have to see if she'll let me read it... Great review!

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  3. This cover. I love the paperback cover so much and I want to read the extra content T_T but I already own the hardcover version. I agree she skipped the prices of the darn expensive merchandise. (but it's worth it) Loved your review :)

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  4. Reading this right now =) I loove it! <3

    But good that you warned me about the ending!

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  5. Sholud covered swear word bbeacse young may look at it but loved review can Fanboys reality to this.

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    1. Sorry if you were offended by it. Fanboys can definitely relate to this. :)

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  6. I'm so glad you liked it! Due to the events of yesterday via twitter... I've just started Fangirl and I'm loving it! Thank you for persuading me to read this xx

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    1. YES! What's your favourite part? Do you love Raegan? LEVI? I'm so glad you're reading it :D

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  7. FANGIRL. You know my thoughts and feels on Fangirl so I won't spam your comment box too much but... WOW. FANGIRL. PERFECTION. EEP.

    I love how Rainbow Rowell's characters are so realistic. Finally a character with anxiety, a character who struggles to read rather than chooses not to, a character who is mean but you're friends with them anyway. I could picture the scenes so clearly and I just.. it's perfect. That is all. Great review, as always! :)

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    1. ASDFGHJKL. Rainbow Rowell's strong point is definitely in creating and developing characters. I want to re-read it now even though I only read it a couple of weeks ago. :D

      Thanks Zoe! :)

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  8. LOL, love the gif for Jennifer Lawrence! Anyhoo, despite the fact I've been bugged by a friend of mine nonstop to read Fangirl, I probably won't read it.

    Because of the end probably (says one, or maybe I just don't pay much attention).

    Although maybe I will in the future (despite one and other opinions I haven't heard yet). Hmm.... *internal bookish conflict and looks at growing pile of TBR books that could probably kill the entire town if they were physical* o_o

    ~Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

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    1. Jennifer Lawrence GIFs never fail to make a review 99% better xD

      Aw, you should read it...the ending is slightly disappointing but the rest of the book totally makes up for it! :)

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  9. i seriously need to read this! like yesterdayy xxx

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    1. You do! Hope you enjoy when you eventually get to read it :)

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  10. This book was so good!! I would love to get some Starbucks from Levi! Haha!

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    1. I don't like Starbucks but I would definitely go if it meant I could meet Levi xD

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  11. I really want to read this because, as you said, it's basically a novel for all of us book lovers. It sucks that the ending wasn't as good though since there was so much build up.

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  12. This sounds like such a wonderful book, I bought it a few weeks and will probably be starting it very soon. Curious now as to how I'll find the ending! Brilliant review :)

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    1. Hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think! Thanks Jesse :)

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  13. I have been wanting to read this book for ages! Why must books cost money?! Hopefully I'll get it soon though! And I'm loving the GIFs! ;)

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  14. Fantastic review, and perfect reaction GIFs! I completely agree with you about the ending, it really did seem to build up to not much at all. Still, it's become one of my favorite books, and the characters are going to stay in mind for a long time.

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  15. First of all I love the GIFs...and I have a special place in my heart for the Jennifer Lawrence "#FANGIRLING" one ;) haha. Really happy that I've found another review of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, and an honest one too, as I've just ordered the book recently, so I appreciate knowing about the 'simple' ending in hindsight. Can't wait to get started! :)

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  16. This book is beyond amazing. I love your sherlock GIF. It is awesome. The review is awesome and I got the book and read it on the same day of reading this. Fangirl then went around my group of friends and we ended up fangirling about fangirl over break, lunch, maths, facebook etc...

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