Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s not really about a fangirl.

I know because I shared a room with one and Cath can’t even compare to the craziness what I’ve seen and heard…and was a victim of. It was more about someone clinging to a part of her childhood by writing stories about it. That’s what the three stars are for – the writing. I wasn’t a fan of Cath’s fanfiction (gettit?). The excerpts in the book didn’t really do anything for the story and her god-like-writing-ability was a little bit questionable. It’s not really about a fangirl.

It was more like reading someone’s diary.

I flipped the first pages out of curiosity and I kept going because that’s how it really felt – like reading someone’s diary. Cath’s diary. That’s how real she and her life seemed to me. Her social anxiety might seem ridiculous to some people but for me, who speaks with silence and eats dinner with solitude, it was RELATABLE.

In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t google.) Like, where does the line start? What food can you take? Where are you supposed to stand, then where are you supposed to sit?

And it wasn’t just Cath. Reagan, her confident, no BS roomie, is like the girl everyone wants to be or at least have as a friend.

Reagan wore eyeliner all the way around her eyes. Like a hard-ass Kate Middleton. And even though she was bigger than most girls—big hips, big chest, wide shoulders—she carried herself like she was exactly the size everyone else wanted to be.

And then Levi. The boyfriend every girlfriend wants. No, he’s not perfectly chiseled and his parents don’t own a yacht and a mansion. He’s just a boy. A really nice, caring, and dorky boy who likes to give smiles for free. Who wouldn’t fall for someone like that?

Honestly, all the characters were perfectly developed and yet perfectly relatable. Their dynamics were the best part of the story. Sure, they made bad decisions sometimes but that’s fine because it made them more real, more human. And I think that, although it is titled FANGIRL, this book is all about being human and learning to be one.

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