Nov 20, 2015

Fangirl | Rainbow Rowell

I honestly have no idea where to begin with this review. I read Fangirl about a few months back, I think. I really don't remember when I read it, but I remember it as if I read it yesterday. I read Fangirl when I was in such a book slump, every time I picked up a book to read I couldn't finish it, or even get past the third chapter no matter how good it was. But when I picked up Fangirl, I didn't feel that way at all. To me, Fangirl felt like home. It's so beautifully written, and all the characters are so real (even though they are fiction.) I really don't know how to summarize, but here's the synopsis:

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, 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?

Simon Snow in Fangirl world is the equivalent to Harry Potter in our world. Just from reading the synopsis I knew I would connect with Cath, I knew I would connect to this book in a way that I wouldn't, and haven't, with any other book. As I said before, the characters in this book are so real. They aren't like other characters I've read before, with almost every character, I knew someone that had the same characteristics they did. And although there is a bit of romance in the story, it doesn't take up the whole story. It's there naturally, and it's beautiful, and I just love it.

Before every chapter, you would see a small scene from Cath's fanfiction, and I thought that was so so so great. I started feeling like I was a fan of her writing and kept waiting for her update, I wanted to know more about Simon Snow and Baz. I wanted to see how it would end, and I wanted Cath to finish her version of the story before the author did.

I love this book so so so much, and I know it's a book I'll definitely find myself reading over and over and over again. The character development, the romance, the family aspect. Everything. And I think this is one of the few YA books that parents don't completely disappear, they're extremely present. And it's like that with the other Rainbow Rowell books I've read so far. Rainbow Rowell writes beautifully, it's an easy and quick read but you find yourself slowing down to catch every detail. It's a book you don't want to rush, it's like a stroll in the park.

Rowell recently came out with a book, Carry On, which is about the world of Simon Snow and Baz. I know, she wrote a fiction book about a fiction book from one of her own fiction books. It's great and I read it and I loved it and I'll definitely be reviewing it soon, so keep an eye out on that. *eye emoji*

I hope I gave this book enough justice in this review, because I want everyone to read it and see just how heart warming this book really is. If you're a fangirl, then definitely read this. And if you aren't, well, you should definitely read this too. It's a perfect gift, especially with the holidays around the corner.

Have you read any Rainbow Rowell books? And what have you been reading recently?

| Kristine |

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