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Book Review – Fangirl

WARNING – YOU READ THIS BOOK FOR THE CHARACTERS OR YOU DON’T READ THE BOOK AT ALL. IF YOU CAME FOR PLOT AND/OR BEAUTIFUL LINES, YOU’VE COME TO THE WRONG PLACE.

I had a lot of expectations for this book.

This is always a top choice on every book review website or cute bookstagram profile, and as a total book lover, I finally gave in and went to Barnes & Noble to buy myself a copy. 

It’s definitely not a top choice of mine, I tend to lean more in the direction of beautiful lines and hopeless characterization, but it did manage to meet every single one of my expectations and the expectations were as follows:

  • Unique
  • Diverse
  • Wickedly quirky
  • Complex characters
  • Nerdy
  • Romantic as hell
  • Perfect Pacing
  • Told in multi-media

Fangirl follows main character, Cath through her first year of college, her first love, and her first chance at life out of the proximity of her relationship with her twin sister, Wren. An avid Simon Snow fan, Cath struggles to make her way out of that fantasy world and into the real world. But Wren casts a shadow that scares Cath farther into her shell, and with a little push from her roommate, Reagan and her supposed boyfriend, Levi, she finally steps out of her comfort zone. 

This book embodies the word “quirky.”

Let’s just get that out of the way. 

I mean it just charted way off the quirkiness graph. Everything was quirky. Cath’s affinity for sweaters, Levi’s smiling OCD, Reagan’s unnecessary aggression, the Simon Snow Fanfiction, which was like a stupid version of Harry Potter. It was all just so quirky, the perfect amount of quirky if you ask me.

I don’t really know what to tell you to convince you to read this book. Categorically, I don’t even know what genre to put it in. It’s like New Adult, contemporary fiction with trace literary elements and characters that are arguably twelve.

But it was so good. 

You will fall in love with each and every one of the characters. And you will fall in love with the way they interact. 

Levi and Cath have this infectious connection that will kill you with all the feelings. And Reagan and Cath have this hate/love friendship that has you laughing at every corner because Cath is endlessly pathetic and Reagan is the first person to tell her that not only is she pathetic, she’s so pathetic that it sort of creeps her out. 

Reagan was definitely a huge part of the reason I kept reading. Rainbow did such an outstanding job with her character. Really with all the characters. They never blended into one another. They each had their own moodiness, their own personality traits, their own weaknesses. I hate when characters all sound the same, these characters were as real as characters get, and I’m absolutely stunned by how well done they were.

I didn’t think the story or plot was something worth mentioning, not to say it was bad, even with the Fanfiction it just wasn’t anything that turned the pages for you. 

The characters turn the pages. The relationships.

And, there are trace amounts of mental illness that come into play, which is always a big thing that isn’t necessary, but helpful when it comes to trying to relate to your audience.

I know this is a short review, but there really isn’t much to say about this book besides… read the fucking thing. Just go get a copy, get three copies, they’re really cute, and read it. It’s a lazy Sunday read. No beautiful sentences to wrap your brain around, just unfolding relationships that make your heart hurt a little bit. 

To all the writers out there – If you want to learn how to create complex characters, this book is for you.

Write characters that are too real to be fictional. Do it. Pull a Rainbow Rowell and do it already.

34/38

-2 because I didn’t much like the ending, and because I couldn’t really connect with the Fanfiction, which played a huge role in this book. To be honest, it felt completely unnecessary 

-2 because there was literally no plot

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