[Book Review #4] Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

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?

Book Specifications:

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: No.

Release Date: September 10, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Press

No. of Pages: 435 pages

Price: 874.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover shows an image of Cath (the one with a yellow jacket) and Levi (wearing the red striped polo). Cath’s holding a laptop and she has this thought bubble with Simon and Baz in it. I think the cover’s just perfect. Relevant, simple, and green. (Yep, green’s one of my favorite colors.) I love love love it! (5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: There’s not much to say about the story, I’m afraid. Although I really loved it, there was no breathtakingly shocking revelations found in this book, and that’s a good thing for me. After reading the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu, I felt like taking it slow. I felt like reading books with a softer and milder vibe. And yes, I happen to love this book. It completely defines both me, and my obsessions for books. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* I can’t believe it just ended on a part of what I believe is Cath’s Fiction-writing project. I mean, there’s a lot of unanswered questions To name a few: What happened to Levi and Cath afterwards? What happened to Wren? Did she ever manage to control her drinking problem? What happened to Laura, and will she be ever to be a mom to Cath? Just… There’s so many questions, and I really want answers. Although Rainbow did update everyone that should we want an update re: Cath and Levi, we should read her newest book, Landline. (Which I will be doing after I finish reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This ending was quite a cliff-hanger. I don’t know. Or maybe that’s just me. (3.5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: I’ve really been a fan of Rainbow Rowell ever since my bestfriend introduced me to Eleanor & Park, and it is no surprise that this book, too, tugged on my heartstrings for Rainbow Rowell’s works. I loved every single moment of it. I might have loved the ending entirely like I loved the other moments of it, but I still adore this book nonetheless. If I was given the chance to return this to the bookstore for a refund, I would, no doubt, still buy this book. (4.5 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)” – Cath Avery

“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.” – Cath Avery

“That’s the ultimate kind of broken. The kind of damage you never recover from.” – Cath Avery

“I’d rather be broken than wasted.” – Cath Avery

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On the Aftermath of Reading Dystopian Novels

So just like most of the book freaks around the world, I read light-plotted books after reading dystopian novels. Books with this genre tend to have heavy “feels” within their story and as much as I love reading these kinds of books, it’s nice to read ones that have a light feeling to it afterwards.I mean, yeah. Who doesn’t adore reading dystopian novels like The Hunger Games or Divergent. Right? It’s just that, after reading them, a reader might want to take a break from all the action and heart-wrenching pain that was felt after reading said book. D’you get what I mean?

As for me, I’m reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell at the moment. Trying to decide if my friends’ recommending this is actually worth it. So far, I’m not disappointed. A book review will be posted as soon as I finish the book. Cheers!

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