Review: Fangirl

Posted June 23, 2014 in 3 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


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?


I love the simplicity of this cover. I like how it kind of matches her other books too. I like the pastel colour in the background. It make it feel like spring!

Initial Thoughts

There is so much hype about this book. Ever since it came out I’ve been hearing about it. I think I only read one badish review, everything else has been praise. Naturally, my expectations were a little high then. I knew it would be a cutesy love story, tha’s typically what contemporary is in young adult. I knew the main character was just starting college and was a fangirl (duh). I thought it would be a good read for me because I’m currently in college and fangirl over anything book related. It’s easier to read a book when you relate with the situation. I think I related too much in this case.

My New BFF

Reagan, the quiet, older room mate that likes to socialize. I loved everything about her. She started off quiet and then quickly became my favourite. She adapted quickly to tough situations and helped Cath out even when she blew her off all the time. I liked Wren too but she became a heavy drinker and I lost my respect for her. Nothing against drinking, there’s just a time and place for it. She turned out better in the end when she calmed down some. She was the main character, Cath’s, twin sister.

My Crush

Levi, the love interest in this book, was a great character. He’s a really easy character to fall in love with. He’s friendly, encouraging, and understanding, everything you want in a guy. Plus he’s good looking. Bonus. He just makes you feel happy when he’s in the story. He makes the best of every situation and knows exactly how to make it right. I really respected him.

Writing Style

The writing was quirky and cute. I loved the little pieces of the Simon Snow books after every chapter. It was fun getting to know the fandom the main character was a part of. My only complaint about the writing was that there wasn’t enough romance for me. I started getting romantic and then dropped off. I like romance in contemporary books.

The plot was set at a good pace. There was a lot of repetition however. There was more than one hospital incident and lots of reading sessions. I found I got bored at times.

Closing Thoughts

My biggest issue about this book was the main character, Cath. I could not stand her at all. She was whinny and annoying, which drove me crazy. Plus she gave up ALL THE TIME. I can’t find the meal hall? Guess I’d better just eat protein bars in my room all the time. Can’t figure out this homework? Guess I’ll quit the class. Hold up girl! What are you doing! Everything was so dramatic with her! I’ve been in her situation more than once and I made friends and tried to make the best of it. It’s not that hard.

I had too high of expectations going into this book and it just let me down. It was still a great book but I could never get over how annoyed I was at Cath. I think Levi and Reagan were the only things that pushed me through.


“You’ve read the books?”
“I’ve seen the movies.”
Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt.

3 out of 5 stars


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10 responses to “Review: Fangirl

  1. While I can understand viewing her as annoying, I also found her relatable. Anxiety disorders can make little things like not knowing where to go or who might be there into huge impassable roadblocks. It probably doesn’t make sense if you haven’t gone through it, but I liked Regan’s reaction to her, “Are you on drugs?…Maybe you should be.”

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