Fangirl {Book review}


Published date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 438
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction

I love Rainbow Rowell. In my eyes, she can do no wrong. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone when I say that I loved this book.

I knew this would be a YA romance novel based on the cover alone, which I’m cool with, but the fact that there was a story within the story really made me smile even more. Our main character, Cath, is a college freshman who is pretty much scared shitless. She’s not used to change, not used to people, not used to anything except her life with her dad and twin sister, Wren, back in Omaha… oh and Simon Snow {think Harry Potter}. To say Cath is obsessed is an understatement. She’s the queen Fangirl of the Simon Snow series. Under the pseudonym Magicath, she wows fans with her fanfiction about Simon and Baz {think Harry/Draco} and their romantic love for one another. It’s all she does, all she thinks about. However, it becomes painfully clear to everyone that she needs to learn how to mix in the real world with her Simon and Baz world. What happens once she begins to look up and over her laptop is just good ole fun. {Side-note: throughout the book, we get to read excerpts from the real “Simon Snow” series and Cath’s fanfiction “Simon and Baz” series. It’s an added bonus}

Rowell has a knack for witty banter and this book is full of it. I read the majority of this book today at work {Sorry, Glenda} and had to stifle snorts so I wouldn’t be questioned. It’s just so funny…and good…and fun …and gahhhh. I loved it. It fits the predictable outline that is a romance novel but that should shock zero humans at this point in life.

If you want a book that is quirky, that will make you blush and giddy and go melty, that does have some serious notes without being a buzzkill, then this book is for you!