Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, New Adult

Rating: 4/5


A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate 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.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


Fangirl was given to me by my friend Snipps, who you all may have had the pleasure of reading her latest review of Nimona and introduction on my blog. She absolutely adored the book and was absolutely convinced I would equally enjoy it. And dare I say she was correct. 

The book follows Cath, a new college student, through her first year as a freshman. She has a twin sister, Wren, and its their first time living apart from eachother and Cath is thrown into a dorm with a strange girl and her outgoing friend. Cath struggles to find balance in this new situation between writing her Simon Snow fan fiction, becoming familiar with her roommate and classes, dealing with family drama and how to deal with some unexpected attention from a boy.

Cath is a very relatable character and I found myself within the pages of these books. She is very quirky, an introvert and huge book nerd: could she be any more relatable? My own experiences going to college for the first time, living in a new place with a stranger, all the while wracked with anxiety, and on occassion excitment, helped me to strongly relate to Cath and her experiences within the book. The writing was simple, but very well done and got the story across well. I enjoyed seeing her journey and the increasing sweet and cute moments. It made it fun, sweet and a quick read that I highly recommend.

I thought all of the side characters contributed well to the book, each with their own distinct and well thought out personalities. They enhanced the plot of the book, and added a layer of depth I appreciated. Levi was one of my favorite characters in the book, and I felt that he seemed very lifelike, practically jumping from the pages. I enjoyed the inclusions of a cast of eccentric people, as well as showing the potential uglier side that can come with the first year of adulthood in college.

There were a few moments where I thought things were a little slow or more drawn out than actually contributed to the plot, which is why I decided to give it 4 stars instead of 5. Regardless of that, I found it well worth the read, especially for incoming or current college students who might be able to relate to the book on a deeper level. The writing felt very heart felt and genuine, showing Cath’s transformation both in her personal life and in her writing. It was a very enjoyable read and one I highly recommend, especially to a slightly older audience who can better relate to a college setting and experiences.

Have you read Fangirl? What did you think of my review? Let me know in the comments below and feel free to share it with others who would enjoy this book!

Good Hunting!


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