Contemporary, Review, Young Adult

Fangirl | Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Published: 30/01/2014
Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 461
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads)
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely 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’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a 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 realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

A tale of fanfiction, family, and first love.

Review
Where to begin when describing my feelings about Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl…

Having previously read Rowell’s Eleanor & Park I knew what I was getting myself into when picking up this book – Or at least, I thought I knew what it was that I was getting myself into. Alas, I was sorely mistaken. Fangirl ripped my heart out and then stomped all over it as I was still working my way through it.

Cath is one of the only female leads I have read so far that I have been able to see myself in. I loved the sibling relationship, including the arguments. Most siblings fight at some point in their lives – But it will all be okay in the end. I loved that Rowell wrote Cath to be a fangirl, like most of us here are – And I also love the fact that she didn’t lose her love for her fandom even when she went away to college.

I also loved Levi, and how he didn’t try and change the way that Cath was, he fell in love with her for who she was, fandom craziness and all.

I cannot wait to read more from Rowell as I know that I am more than likely to fall in love with her characters again and again.

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