Fangirling over Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Posted 5 August, 2013 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 31 Comments

Fangirling over Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 10th
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
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5 Stars

From the author 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?

Before I dig deeper into this story I have to warn you because this will be a major love fest coming up here. I have so much love for this book, it’s not even funny and I damn hope to do this book justice and I hope I can express my deep love for FanGirl! Also, I know this review comes in a little early, but… I just had to share my deep and fangirling love for this book with you!

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Being lost in another world…

Cath writes fan fiction. And not just that, she’s completely lost in it and has an incredible following. She’s a little star in the fan fiction world. For Cath, there is not much else in her world apart from her Twin Sister and her Dad. She’s just not a people-person. Cath easily gets lost in her stories and does not care for much despite writing and being in her characters world.

When Cath and Wren are starting College and Wren decided to meet other people and does not want to share a room with Cath, Cath is broken. Her sister was her whole world and suddenly Cath has to face being alone and separate from her other half….


Cath – Oh sweet, awkward Girl!!!

Cath is just adorable! She’s so lost in her world and she’s so incredibly awkward among other people that all I ever wanted to do is take her in my arms! She felt so lost in this new world with no clue how to act, how to make friends and just and simply how to be!! She was like a lost puppy and my heart ached for her, because she simply had no clue what do! All she ever knew was writing and reading, but there was always her twin to take care of her. But now with Wren wanting to make separate experiences, Cath is aloneBut there is also more to her backstory and why sh! e’s the way she is right now and it’s a quite heartbreaking story.

There is so much depth in these characters that I wanted to crawl into this book!

“Look at you. You’ve got your shit together; you’re not scared of anything. I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg.  Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”  (ARC, Fangirl) 


“And I don’t fit in. I don’t know how to be. “  (ARC, Fangirl) 


Levi – holy freaking brilliant boy!!!

Levi was absolutely outstanding as a character. I do not think I ever meet another character just like him. Holy Cow! He was such a sweet and positive boy who also showed so much deepness and understanding that I wish so much that I could meet this boy!

I just loved loved loved the way he handled Cath. The way he understood her fear and angst and the way he was always there for her and never ever made her feel bad about who she is.

This boy was made in heaven and I cannot express my deep adoration for him!

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Romance – Angst and Amazement

The romances was the cutest, slowest little thing ever. It was just made of perfection. There was no rush, no instant love, no soul mates – it was just perfectly real and incredible sweet. Those two characters were made for each other and their love was slow and had some heartbreaking, eyes watering moments.

And… the first kiss was so touching and moving that it brought tears in my eyes because it was so perfect and sweet. Seriously, tell me one book were you had water in your eyes because of a kiss!!!

There is so much I loved about this book that I know I won’t be able to tell you everything. But apart from the romance and these outstanding characters I also deeply loved the sister bond. Twins always have a different bond and it broke my heart right along with Cath when Wren decided to do her own things.

“She wanted to meet new people,” Cath said. “You make is sound like she broke up with you.” (ARC, Fangirl) 

Yes, this is exactly how it felt for Cath, and being so close with her, we also felt that way!! My eyes were constantly water. Sometimes because it was so heartbreaking and sometimes it was so sweet and moving!

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Bottom Line

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was outstanding, brilliant, heartbreaking and endearing! The story was touching and moved me in so many ways that I have a hard time expressing myself. Cath and Levi were characters with so much depth and developed with so much loving detail and sweetness that I wanted to crawl into this book and get to know them. The romance was the sweetest and cutest little thing ever and the first kiss was so incredibly and enormously cute that I had water in my eyes. Yes, I totally was crying over a kiss…


New Adult contemporary 

Don’t you love moments like this, when a book touches you so completely that you feel so much love for a book that you have a hard time expressing yourself? Did you read Eleanore and Park? I so so so oooo need to read it now that I meet the incredible amazing Rainbow Rowell.

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31 Responses to “Fangirling over Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell”

  1. Nice review! I have yet to anything my Rainbow Rowell (especially, Eleanor & Park), but I’m really anticipating the release of Fangirl! This sounds like an amazing read, and I’m further psyched for this book 😀

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  2. YEAH! I so loved this book too Danny, it just made me happy. Though I don’t write fan fiction, I could totally relate to Cath and her obsession with books and beloved characters, and it was just such a joy to read about someone as passionate as she is (and I feel we bloggers are). I just wanted to hug this book the whole time I was reading:) Oh, and I love Levi. That is all.

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  3. Ohhh, this sounds so awesome!!! I have the ARC, but I’m sort of holding out till it’s closer to the release date.

    Eleanor & Park is abso-freaking-lutely BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS I CANNOT DESCRIBE! I wrote a similar review for E&P, fangirling all over the place 😀 Rainbow Rowell is just so perfect! <3
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    Danny 8/7/2013

    I must read eleanore and park so bad!!!! I read such amazing reviews about this one and now I cannot love rainbow anymore!!!!

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  4. Yes! I really loved this book and Levi is probably my ultimate book guy EVER. I’ve totally thought about moving to Lincoln to find him. I just want more books about Cath and Levi now! Fan fiction is in need, I think!

    Great review!
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    Danny 8/7/2013

    I think there is no one more special than Levi!! I’m deeply and fangirly in love with this boy!!

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  5. Oh my God you have me wanting to ditch my review list and jump right on this one!! I haven’t even had a chance to read my copy of Eleanor and Park yet but I got it anyway because I knew Rainbow Rowell was going to be one of those writers!!
    I have this ARC just dangling there. And your review makes me want to read this novel so bad!!!! You did such a good job fan girllllllinggggg!!!! You’re going to have everyone wanting to read this one!! I already love Levi!!

    Thank you for such an awesome review!!! I just gotta read faster!!!
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    Danny 8/7/2013

    Please you must read this book right now!!! It’s so made of wonderment and rainbow is a brilliant writer. I just adore her insanely. This was one of my absolute favorite reads this year !! If not THE…

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  6. I really cannot wait to read this one. And your review (fangirling lol), Danny, is absolutely killing me! Cath sounds so awesome and awkward and the perfect kind of heroine. This book looks so freakin’ charming! Gosh, darn, I must have.
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    Danny 8/7/2013

    Lol yes I was definitely fangirling lots;-)) this book was just so amazing and cute that I couldn’t hold back my excitement

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