Fangirl | Rainbow Rowell | Review and Discussion (No Spoilers)

Hello, readers!

Today, I am reviewing Rainbow Rowell’s newest book, Fangirl. Here is some info about the book:

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date Published: September 10th 2013

Summary: 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

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Thoughts: This is the first book by Rowell that I have read, and I must admit that I did not expect it to be that good. From the summary that I read on Goodreads, Ii wasn’t looking forward to reading it, in fact I put it off for several months. However, the book completely and absolutely exceeded my expectations.

The way Rowell developed Cath’s character was brilliant. The usage of indirect characterisation throughout the book meant that we were still learning about her character even towards the end. The way Rowell described Cath’s back story with her parents was so vivid, that it made me feel slightly angry towards her mother for doing what she did. This is evidence of truly good writing.

Cath found a place for everything, then sat in the beat-up wooden desk chair. If she sat right here, with her back to Reagan’s bare walls and boxes, it almost felt like home.

The setting that Rowell created was so well captured, that I could almost see it in my head. Cath’s dorm room and her house are probably the settings we see most, and whenever there is a scene in either of the two places, I instantly picture what Rowell earlier described. The settings are so clear and well created, especially the garden that Cath and Levi visit.

Now you may have noticed why I only gave this book 4 out of 5 stars despite the fantastic comments I have given it. Well, I just feel that some of the time, the book wasn’t gripping enough. I know that contemporary novels aren’t supposed to have amazing fight scenes to keep you hooked, but I just feel that there was a lack of story line sometimes.

If you would like to see what I wrote about it on Goodreads, then a link to my account is on the sidebar of my blog.

If you have any other opinions on this book that you wish to share then please don’t hesitate to comment what you thought.

To see another review in this style, then please like this post. In most of my reviews I haven’t really done a format like this, except in my review of Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini.

Thank you for reading this and I hope it prompts you to go and pick up this truly brilliant novel!

~Jemma xox

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