Book review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I have seen Fangirl all around bookstagram for a long time and after hearing incredible things about it, I decided to give it a shot. I didn’t expect to like it this much!! Here is my review :


“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”

Author : Rainbow Rowell
Genre : Contemporary, YA,
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
Publication date : September 10, 2013
Pages : 461

This story follows Cath Avery, an introverted girl, as she begins her freshman year in college, discovering new things on the way. Her love for Simon Snow books and movies led her to be a Simon Snow fanfiction writer who got thousands of hits which only increased as each day passed. Cath is not your average teenage girl, she is socially anxious, awkward, shy and nerdy and prefers to write fanfiction all day long, which is what mainly distinguishes her from her twin sister, Wren. Wren is bold, confident and can be found partying hard all night long.  The twins had always done everything together. Wren had even been a co-author for the Simon Snow fanfiction along with Cath for some chapters. Their obsession with Simon Snow had begun since their youth and still continues on, it’s the one thing they will always have in common no matter what.

Before college started, Wren had demanded that Cath and her shouldn’t be rooming together as she wants to explore and experience college life the way it is known unlike Cath, who would rather just lock herself up in her dorm, writing fanfcition. This request had completely shocked and disappointed Cath because she has always been dependent on her twin for her social life. Now she felt like a complete wreck and she got roomed with an intimidating (yet spectacularly understanding) older student, Reagan. Though they had their differences in the beginning, their blossoming friendship was obvious as the story progressed.

This is the first book I have read by Rainbow Rowell and I absolutely loved it, I enjoyed every minute of reading it. This book is like a roller coaster of emotions which can keep anyone hooked to it, and I certainly was. There is also a cute love story which was simply amazing to read. Rainbow Rowell had eloquently described emotions and I loved Cath’s character; she was truthful, friendly and everything else you would look for in a protagonist. Fangirl has now become one of my all time favourite books!

Completely satisfying a multitude of readers is not a simple task but it is something that every author wants to achieve. This book has definitely managed to do that for a lot of us. It is a page turner and anyone would gobble it up in one sitting. Now I can see what all the hype was about. This book is just that fascinating!

Rating – 4.5/5

Have you read Fangirl? What did you think of it?
I hope you enjoyed reading this post found the review helpful.


31 thoughts on “Book review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

  1. Claire says:

    This sounds really interesting – I’m fascinated by the psychology of über fans, so I think I’ll definitely add it to the TBR pile. Thanks!

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