Minor spoilers ahead.
I’ve read Fangirl a few times since I first got it, but it’s one of those books you can’t tire of reading so I picked it for my F review. Although that being said, I only had two other books to choose from, so there wasn’t much competition.
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Love & Romance
Buy from: Amazon
Blurb: Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more– she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.
Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realising that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible.
I’m going to be honest and admit that the only reason I picked this book up was because the main character wrote fanfiction. But somehow, Rainbow Rowell really manages to make that work. The fanfiction and Cath’s obsession with it isn’t the main feature, although it does play a big part in the story, and the two character Cath writes about, Simon and Baz (who are basically just Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy), have proven so popular they now have their own story.
The main story is broken up by chapters from Cath’s fanfiction and chapters from the Simon Snow books, and although they kept reminding me of Harry Potter, they added to the world-building and sometimes I found myself getting drawn into Simon’s story just as much as Cath’s.
Only 3 stars because Wren annoyed me at times. But Cath was relatable and Levi was funny and Reagan was a good friend when Cath needed one.
The book starts with Cath moving into her new dorm at university, and follows her through her first year. It wasn’t rushed and it didn’t meander, and the character’s backstories were added in when you needed to know, so this is another part I can’t fault.
Even the part with Cath and Wren’s mum fit in, because it heightened the tension and gave you another reason to keep turning the pages.
All opinions on this blog are mine.
I have not been paid to review these books.