Book Review: Fangirl


Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 455 pages



In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)



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?


When I heard the book Fangirl, the first thing that came into my mind was girls fangirling about bands, or Hollywood actors, like literary fangirling, the one that you could call a number 1 fan, where they buy and collect all the merchandise they could, the one who formed a social media account like twitter page or Instagram page to show their undying love and support and to find other fans who can they fangirl with since they adore the same thing. But when I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (my first RR book and surely not the last!), the fangirling thing in this book was about a book and the undying love of Cath for Simon and Baz.

Cath and Wren are first year college students, and Cath can’t just leave Simon and Baz while Wren is ready to leave them for a while, and explore the real world. At first Cath doesn’t feel that she belongs to reality, so she cope up being with Simon and Baz by writing and updating her Fanfiction story. Reagan is her roommate who later on become one of her close friend since her twin sister didn’t want to be with her. Here comes Levi, who fall in love with Cath and she felt the same way too.

As I read the story, I can see that there was character growth for everyone, and it’s a must for every book to have a character growth. How Cath learned to live reality while not leaving Simon and Baz behind, how Wren finally came up to her senses that college is not just about partying and going out, and how they both found their love, their boyfriends in college.

I love how this Fangirl feels like every one of us bookworms, how much we would love to stay in a world that we fell in love with, a world that does not exist in reality, but in a book that in our heart some of us will call it home. Like how Cath can’t just leave Simon and Baz, because it became her world too. Fangirl shows that once we love something, we can never really just leave it behind, because it just became a part of us, that even if we grow up we will still love it the same.

Fangirl is a very refreshing read of reality. Everything written in the book is very realistic. The story just not revolve around the fangirling thing of Simon and Baz, but it’s also a combination of family, love, friendship and growing up.

Rating: 4/5



3 thoughts on “Book Review: Fangirl

  1. Fangirl was also my first Rainbow Rowell novel. and I was glad I read it first from all her novel. I admit, I was never a fan of fan fictions, I don’t read fan fictions. that’s why I wasn’t too enthusiastic about fan fictions on end of every chapters. (I even skipped a lot of it). But nevertheless, I agree that it’s refreshing and I love Levi and Cath. This is the novel I rated the lowest from all Rowell’s work so wait ’til you read her other novels. My favorite is Attachments! 🙂

    Oh, and I also haven’t read Carry On yet.That one is Simon and Baz’s story, and I’m not yet ready to get it yet.

    Great review, by the way. 🙂

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