This book, of all of the many books on my shelves, was likely a key contender for the book that has been there the longest, and still had not yet been read. I can’t count the number of times I have said that I needed to read this one, or put it on one of many TBR’s, and then proceeded to not actually read.
And yet, at last, here we are. I can officially now say that I have read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
This book has so much hype surrounding it that it was downright impossible for me to go into it without any expectations. Everyone seems to love this book. So its safe to say I went into this one with some pretty high expectations.
And thankfully, this book managed to meet almost all of them.
This book follows Cath, as she and her identical twin Wren go off to university together, only for Cath to have to find her own way apart from Wren, who decides she no longer wants to just be half of a pair.
Even without all of the good reviews I have heard praising this book, this book is definitely one I was interested anyway. I loved how we got to follow Cath as she tried to adjust to life at university, away from home and having to learn to stand on her own two feet. I found it really refreshing to watch her struggle to adapt rather than just fit in straight away with everyone around her, as if it wasn’t a huge change at all. The new relationships and friendships she had to form took time, and I really enjoyed watching that process happen.
And, of course, I adored all of the writing and fanfiction goodness that we got scattered throughout this book as well. There were so many amazing references to fandom culture, and to writing both fanfiction and original stories that I found so interesting and enjoyable to read about.
As you can probably tell by the title of this post, I loved Cath’s character so much.
She is such a relatable character for me, and I expect a lot of other readers, and I’m so glad that there is a character like her out there in YA. She is an introvert who doesn’t feel bad about being one and represented so well what it is like to be a fangirl and to be so much more confident on the internet than in real life.
‘I’m not really a book person.’
‘That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me.’
Speaking of Levi…
I’ll admit, at the start of the book I was a little hesitant towards him, especially because I knew he was going to become the main love interest for Cath. I don’t know why, but I just didn’t love him straight away. And I already loved my little Cath too much to want her to be with someone who wasn’t absolutely amazing.
But then, as we got deeper into this story, and his little feelings for Cath began to appear, and we got to know him a little better as well, I really started to warm towards him. There were still one or two things he did that I didn’t exactly agree with, but in general as the book progressed I started to like his character more and more.
And that seems to lead us nicely onto the romance, which, I’ll be honest, was definitely one of, if not my favourite aspect of this entire book.
It was just written so well and was such a good and well developed relationship that I could not help but root for. I loved how it took a while for anything to happen between them, and slowly it was all built up to. And even then, we still didn’t get overwhelmed with endless chapters just about them, but rather got to see the development of their relationship alongside all of the other story-lines and plots that are present in this book, which honestly just made them that much more enjoyable when we did get them.
Meanwhile, the ending…
I am definitely someone whose opinion of a book is can be swayed quite heavily by its ending, and so I was really disappointed to find that I really wasn’t a fan of this one. For about the last 20 pages or so the story just seemed to almost fade out, with all of the scenes seeming like filler instead of the ending the book. It was just so abrupt, and so didn’t even seem like an ending at all really.
So, overall this was a pretty good read.
I loved how cute it all was and just how lovely and heartwarming a story it was. It’s definitely not one of my favourite ever contemporaries, but it is one that I thoroughly enjoyed and is definitely worth a read!
To really be a nerd, she decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.
New Religion – The Heydaze
Have you read this one – what did you think?