Today I have a review for you!
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a story about Cath, a young writer as she travels back and forth from the magical world she creates to the very mundane one that she lives in. The story starts as Cath starts University (College – for any Americans out there) and deals with being separated from her twin sister for the very first time. We follow Caths journey of opening herself up to the real world, and never giving up on the magical one she loves so much. The most unique feature of the plot is that Cath is a fanfiction writer, she writes fanfiction throughout the book; it gives the story another dimension as you get to know another world. The story deals with struggles of families, opening yourself up, starting new and coming to terms with reality and university life
I loved this book for several reasons, the biggest factor was that it was so real and ever so relatable. Cath is a normal girl, a huge nerd and is quite anti-social. I think she may struggle with social anxiety, even though its not explicitly mentioned in the book. Anyway, this book bought back so many bittersweet memories from my own university experience. It reminded me of how many people there are, how you have to make effort to get to know people, and actually finding the right people for you.
The plot runs smoothly, between each chapter there are excepts from Caths fanfiction, and sometimes from the books that Cath writes her fanfiction on. This is an impressive touch, as it breaks down the scenes and adds in another world. A story within a story. I also loved her development of the fanfiction and Cath as a writer, as a reader you are so invested in the fanfiction that you feel like you are in the book. It is with so much ease that Rowell creates this world and places you right alongside Cath on her journey.
I think I have rambled a little so I’ll give you a list of my favourite things about the book:
- The setting, as I mentioned its reminiscent of my time at University.
- The characters, they are extraordinary in their mundane way.
- Simon and Baz – the main characters from the fanfiction.
- A story within a story, you get to read about a magical world (which has quite a few parallels as Harry Potter).
- Cath and Wren (the twin sister) and their relationship development
- So relatable
- You feel like you’re part of the gang!
The only thing that could have been better was the ending, I am not 100 % satisfied with the ending, although I still kind of like it.
I gave the book 4/5 stars on goodreads!
That is all for today, please recommend some books!