Happy Monday bookish people! It’s the beginning of another week, I’m pretty sure I’ve already exhausted my reading brain (and my eyes haha) for the rest of this week. This weekend I took part in Becca and the Books (on YouTube) Bookopoly 48 hour challenge. I somehow managed to read different books for all eight prompts. In one weekend I read eight books! – That’s more than I read in the whole of February!
And one of those books that I read for the prompt of contemporary was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve been putting off this book since I got it. Mainly because I don’t usually read contemporary books, or books with romance at its centre. So I was surprised by this book, especially when I found myself enjoying it.
In this book review I will give star ratings for four categories and I will write a little about each of these. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy reading my book review.
I hadn’t read any of Rainbow Rowell’s other books before and I wasn’t sure what to expect but I thought the plot of this book was excellent. It was intricate and fit together very well. some parts of the story felt a tiny bit cliched but that is easy to ignore because of how included in the story you as a reader feels. I felt the plot was fast paced and kept me thinking about what was going to happen next, When I finished reading I was satisfied about the ending while still wishing I was deep in the story because of how much I enjoyed it.
I was very invested in the characters in this book, particularly the protagonist Cath. The character of Cath resonated with me in a lot of ways, the social anxiety, the love of writing and many of her other qualities. I could see myself in the character and this made me feel for her even more. I wanted her to have a good ending. I felt the characters emotions all throughout, literally felt them because at more than one point I was crying. I do cry at a lot of fantasy books but not usually contemporary ones, I mean obviously because I’ve only read three or four. I loved every character in this bool, they were well developed and interesting. They all had a part to play in the plot and even though at some points I didn’t like some of the characters by the end I did.
Dialogue and Writing:
I don’t have much to say for this category. The writing style was good, it flowed well and I was carried along with the story without noticing, that I think is a thing that only really good books do. The dialogue in this book is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes heartfelt but always exactly what that character would say. It made the characters feel real and likeable and unique.
I can’t believe I’m saying this about a contemporary but overall I’m giving this books five stars. It was undeniably entertaining and I was completely immersed in the story, I can’t give it any other rating.
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, 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 fanfiction, 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 fanfiction 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?