“In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, 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? Open her heart to someone? Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?”
I really enjoyed this book.
After starting off the year reading a ton of fantasy books, I decided that I needed a break from that genre. So I picked up a book that had been on my radar ever since I started my blog. Fangirl had been getting so many fantastic reviews from reviewers I trust that I just needed to read it when I got the chance.
I am so glad I did.
Since I read this on audio, I going to start off this review by talking about the narration. I really liked both of this book’s narrators. I think that Rebecca Lowman did a great job bringing the characters to life and Maxwell Caulfield did a fantastic job helping readers to connect with the fanfiction elements of the story. I loved the fantastic job the both of them did and I will definitely be picking up more audiobooks narrated by them in the future.
Now getting into the characters, I think that they all were great in their own way. My favorite was Reagan. She made me laugh and reminded me a lot of myself in some ways. I also liked Levi. I think he made a great love interest for Kath. He was very sweet and innocent. And lastly, we have Kath. I kind of had a love/hate relationship with her character throughout most the book. I think she had some really strong elements to her but also some flaws. I think those are two things that ended up working in her favor in order for me to enjoy her as our main character. She wasn’t perfect but she had elements to her that I could connect to. Overall, I think that all of the characters were great.
As far as the romance, I think it was cute. It was a nice, fluffy romance that I think is very easy to fall in love with (pun intended!). Kath and Levi made a great a couple. Seeing their relationship develop over the course of this book, made me smile. It wasn’t insta-love. It wasn’t full of tropes like most YA contemporary romances. It was just what I needed.
Then going into the plot, I think this is where this book went a little downhill for me. There was just way to much going on. I wanted to see more of Kath’s life in college and not so much on her adventures writing her fanfiction Carry On. I also don’t think that the elements with her family life were absolutely necessary half of the time. Overall, this plot was kind of a jumbled mess in my mind. It was good, but I could have been a lot better.
Overall, I did really like this book. As someone who wrote fanfiction for years I knew going in that I would be able to connect with it in that way. The hype for this book is well deserved. I love the author’s writing style. I can’t wait to read more by this author in the future!