Friday, September 20, 2013

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Review

Hi Everyone!

My current favorite TV Show is Once Upon A Time. I love how the show is formatted in a before and after of prior to the curse. I am shipping Emma and Hook. I find that they mesh together in every scene they are in together as two strong, independent people. Why does the first love have to be the one? 

Now, for my review of ...

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source- Netgalley
Rating: 4/5 LEVI STARS
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I began Fangirl suspecting a light and sweet read exploring fandoms and college. Thankfully, that is what I received and I gained even more. I am proud of Rowell’s realistic portrayal of Cath’s dealings with her social anxiety. Our protagonist, Cath, is a shy girl and fan-fiction writer who only desires a close relationship with her sister.

Since April my head has thought of many reasons for recommending this book. I finally found the true five.

1. Levi

I love him. I would love my own Levi. This character is as adorable as an alpaca. Levi gleams a bright, witty, wise, daring, and tenacious personality. Reading through Levi’s antics is a fantastic gift. If The True Meddling of Levi was a book, I’ll read it straight through. 

2. Levi Romance 

I commonly prefer family relationships to romances during books. In Fangirl, it was the inverse. I basically lived for more scenes between the two. I can imagine nothing more romantic that reading aloud in my dorm room to someone I love. And dance parties! .

3. Simon Snow and Baz

She has an amazing and popular Fanfiction story called Carry On featuring these two in her view as them being a romantic duo. The original work has the two being stringent enemies. I love these too together.

4. Fanfiction’s relationship with writers

I find that the Fanficiton bits scattered through the story added more depth to the story. Cath’s struggle to build her own story struck my own fingers as I constantly face a foggy image when trying to build my own story. The struggle for original work sections was magnificent through the energy and passion emulated both by Cath and her brilliant professor.  

5. A brilliant conclusion

This book’s closure is creative, touching and the last line is just spectacular, “Here I come, ready or not.”  (Rowell 434) Everything ends the way that matters, the real world, the Simon Snow series and the story as an aesthetic.
 Thanks for reading!


  1. I'm so relieved to hear this book has a good ending. I hate being left with no sense of closure. I skimmed the rest of your review, as I don't want to know too much yet, but I should be reading this next! I can't wait. I'm really glad to see you enjoyed it. :)

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Rachel! It really surprised me in the best of ways, so I am definitely a fan of Rowell now. I loooved Levi as well, not to mention the realistic and sex-positive direction the romance takes, and YES to the ending - I love a good conclusion more than anything else! :) Wonderful review!

  3. Great review! I just bought this the other day, and I'm reading Eleanor & Park right now (which is amazing). It sounds like Fangirl has a great romance in it and I love it when I come across those.



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