Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

  Have you ever read a book where when you finish it all you can think is that no book will ever compare to this one? Will ever make you feel like this one? That every book like this one from now on will always be second best in your heart? Those are my feelings after reading Fangirl, this is my first book by Rainbow Rowell and it is literally my favorite contemporary book that I have ever read. Now I don't usually rate things seriously but I would totally without a second thought give this book infinite stars.

About -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?
  -description copied from Goodreads


   No words, I have no words to explain just how good this book is and just how much I loved it and all the feelings it gave me. I think the best thing about this book is that it was basically written about its readers, fangirls(or boys), I really connected with the main character more than any other character ever, I think, because she really is allot like me and I think allot of people would feel the same way.
  It's heart warming and beautiful and there honestly wasn't one thing I didn't love about this book. The characters, the relationships, all the feels, the plot, the fan fiction, everything is just exceptional.
  Interspersed between the regular chapters are pages of Simon Snow, the series of books the main character(Cath) is obsessed with and then the fan fiction that Cath writes and it's one of the best and coolest things about the book. It helps you to connect even more with the character, and it's just really cool.
  Obviously the Simion Snow thing is a big part of this book and of who Cath is and I loved it so much, not just the parts where part of the fanfiction or the Simion Snow books come in but the way these books really helped define who Cath is and I just really connected with that and I love the way the author showed and expressed what Cath felt for these books and these characters, how they made her feel safe and in a way is a part of who she is.

Characters -

 All the characters are very dynamic and devolved so well that you actually feel like they're real and you can completely imagine that everything is real and that this is what happens in real life. I loved Cath, I loved how relatable* she is and how she grows throughout the book but never changes who she is for anyone. I admit I kinda hated Wren at first, partly because I have two older siblings and we're really close and when they started working and everything I kinda felt like they were moving on and leaving me behind, and that is a big part of what makes this book so good, it's so real and relatable and oh my god I can not put it into words just what this book is but its just awesome. I did enjoy the relationship between them, it was one of the best parts, and seeing both of them grow and eventually find there way back to each other, and at the end I did like Wren almost as much as some of the other characters.
  Then there's Levi, I loved Levi, he's definitely one of the best characters in the book and I was totally rooting for him since the like first sentence he's mentioned in. I loved Reagan and their dad and all the small characters, I do wish there had been a little more about their mom, but seriously I have no real complaints about this book.
  I loved that in a way this book was two stories with two sets of characters with Simon Snow and all the fanfiction and everything. of course I thought the parts that were supposed to be Cath's fanfiction was way better than what was supposed to be the real book and I loved those versions of Simon and Baz.
  I think the greatest thing about this book is how real it is, I don't think anyone who has ever loved/obsessed over any book before could not feel all warm and nostalgic inside from reading this. Obviously this does have a whole love story part to it and that's all really awesome too and I love all the relationships and Levi and everything but the thing I loved most was the relationship between Cath and these Simon Snow books.
  Even if you don't really read much contemporary if you love or fangirl/obsess over any book every you will more than likely fall in love with this story, so go on, buy it, read it, love it, you know you want to.

*sorry about using the word relatable so many times. =)

Song Of The Moment- Somewhere In Neverland (acoustic version) by All Time Low

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