Book Reviews

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Publication Date: September 10th, 2013

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance

Series Status: Stand alone

Pages: 461

Format and Source: Paperback, Owned

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis on Goodreads:

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

A tale of fanfiction, family, and first love


As books go this is OK. I can connect to the character of Cath in many ways, from the occasional panic attacks to the need for complete immersion in another world, and the love plot within this book is not instantaneous (which I love). You could barely tell who was the love interest at first, until you wittled out a few suspects and realised who it was. Also the portrayal of the Cath’s relationship between other characters, particularly her sister and her room mate were great. But there are some downfalls too.

There is something lacking in this, something which is hard to put your finger on. Whether it be the absence of a strict and definable plot, to Cath’s annoying need to depend on someone, it makes it a little flatter. The book merges together at points and makes certain aspects hard to remember. The writing style itself is pretty good, and I do enjoy many aspects of the book. But, because there is something about this book that brings it down, my rating had to be lower.

Overall this is book is an alright read in my opinion, but I’m not entirely sure if I will read this again or not. But this doesn’t mean I don’t recommend you reading it because you might like it more than I do.

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