Review: Fangirl

fangFinally! A female protagonist I can relate to! Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was an absolute breath of fresh air in the YA contemporary/romance genre! I was starting to think it was impossible to find an angst free YA novel where the main characters don’t fall madly in love with each other at first sight!

The story follows Cath as she starts her first year of University. Separated from her twin sister for the first time, Cath is overwhelmed and completely out of her comfort zone. Fortunately, she has Simon Snow to keep her company. There’s only one problem… Simon Snow is a fictional character. He’s not just any fictional character though, he’s THE fictional character…. The one that Cath just can’t live without. Submerging herself in the world of Simon Snow through her fanfiction writing, Cath doesn’t notice some of the important things in the real world around her…like the cute boy who just so happens to be falling in love with her.

As a fangirl myself, I could completely understand where Cath was coming from with her obsession with Simon Snow. In fact, after reading bits of the Simon Snow novels and Cath’s fanfiction throughout the book, I became a bit of a Simon Snow fan too! Needless to say, Cath’s nerdy hobbies and passions immediately endeared her to me.

It wasn’t just the epic nerdiness of Fangirl, however, that made it awesome. The novel also tackles some serious issues, like mental health, family dynamics, and drinking. Rowell handled these issues well, and Cath’s reaction to them felt realistic and believable.

The love plot was pretty cute as well, and I really appreciated the fact that Cath and Levi fell for each other gradually rather than all at once. Levi was just what Cath needed. Someone who is not only kind and thoughtful, but also motivates Cath to break out of her shell and live life. His character was adorable!

There is SO much more I want to say about this book, but to do so would risk spoiling part of the plot. All I can say is that Fangirl is adorable, geeky, and fun! I had trouble putting this one down, and I wish I could have spent more time with Cath and Levi…..and even Simon Snow and Baz! Whether your a Harry Potter fanatic, Star Wars geek, or Hunger Games addict, you’ll find something to love about Fangirl! I cannot wait to see what Rainbow Rowell comes up with next, because she is a YA writing genius!

Rating: 4.5 Stars


7 thoughts on “Review: Fangirl

  1. Great review, Natalie! I’ve heard some mixed reviews for this one, especially as people keep comparing it to E&P, but I’m glad you enjoyed it! I still need to pick it up… 😛

    • I hate when people compare two completely different books to one another! Yes, they are by the same author so I guess its valid to have a certain level of expectation, but the stories are never the same (unless its a series). I think Rowell did an awesome job on both E&P and Fangirl! Hope you like it when you get around to reading it 🙂

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