Review: Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell


  • Title: Fangirl
  • Author: Rainbow Rowell
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Pages: 445
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Young Adult, Romance
  • Appreciation: ♥♥

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?

My review:

Cath is a fangirl, she’s literally obsessed with Simon Snow, and her whole life evolves around him! Together with her twin sister and best friend Wren, she spends years writing fan fiction, rereading the books and watching the movies. Their bedroom wall is full with poster of Simon and Baz. They even have t-shirts with prints of Simon and Baz .

So when Wren decides she wants to go to college, Cath follows her. But Wren suddenly wants nothing do to with Simon Snow. She even banishes Cath from her life. Wren has a new roommate and best friend and it doesn’t take long before Wren makes bad decisions.

Cath feels powerless, there’s nothing she can do to correct Wren and get the sister back she knows. In the mean time she has anxiety attacks and finds it hard to make new friends. Not a lot of people understand the relationship she has with Simon, the only constant factor in her life. Something she can’t stop obsessing about. Luckily for her she finds a friendship in Reagan, her roommate, and love in Levi.

“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”

The story wasn’t how I expected it. It started very slow and it took awhile to get in the story. But once you’re in the story you will have it in no time finished. I loved the changes in Cath. She started as a really weird girl and as the story continues her weirdness became almost normal. Cath became more grownup. Her obsession remains in the whole story, but in the end she chooses to let more people in her life, real people, like Levi. Something that’s very hard for Cath.

I won’t tell you much about Wren, not because I didn’t love her, but because I don’t want to spoiler. If you choose to read this book, you need to find out on your own what’s going to happen between Cath en Wren.

In the beginning I liked the fragments about Baz en Simon, but sometimes it was annoying because I wanted to know how the story about Cath continued. I do realize however that Simon and Baz are a part of the story, so it’s nice that you also learn about those two.

All I can say is that I enjoyed the book! Even if it’s not the genre what is normally read. I’m looking forward to read Eleanor and Park from Rainbow Rowell.

“She smiled, and her eyes started to drift downward.
Back up to his eyes.
“You know that I’m falling in love with you, right?”


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