Saturday, February 8, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL

Book: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2013
Pages: 445
Rating: *****/5 stars

Favourite Quote:
I'm going to keep making fucked-up decisions and doing weird things that I don't even realize are weird. People are going to feel sorry for me, and I won't ever have any normal relationships- and it's always going to be because I didn't have a mother. Always. That's the ultimate kind of broken. The kind of damage you never recover from"(Rowell 234-235).
Synopsis:
Cath is a first year college student who is a fanfiction writer of the popular Simon Snow book series. She used to be very close with her twin sister Wren but when they both embark upon college, Wren decides to choose her own Path leaving Cath feeling left behind. After suffering silently, Cath begins to make friends with her roommate and her believed-to-be boyfriend and finds a writing partner for her fiction writing class. As the semester moves on though, Cath is faced with challenges that her family, friends, and Professor give her. 

Review:

There are few times where I can really, truly relate to characters in a book I am reading. Having read Eleanor & Park (another of Rowell's books) I can honestly say that Rowell knows her audience. She knows she is writing for young adult readers who have most likely read Harry Potter. She understands the importance of the internet and  what it is like to really like something that some people might find lame. This book described a lot of what I was like as a university student. There were a lot of similarities between Cath and myself (an absent parent, a too-cool sister, and an obssession with a book series) and I found myself relating to her a lot. One thing that I didn't have in common with Cath was that she went away to college whereas I stayed at home and while I am not in a lot of debt and I have a huge connection to my community, I regret staying in most weekends and not meeting enough people.

Fangirl brought out the complications that come along with growing up and leaving high school. University is very different from high school and I was made aware of it in the same way that Cath was. A friend of mine from high school cheated on our history quiz by looking at my sheet while I was writing the quiz and she was caught. I had very similar experiences as Cath and reading this book seemed liked reading a year book from my first year of university.

What I found when reading Rowell's writing is that she has the ability to make the reader empathize with the main character to the point where you are crying Cath brings up memories of her mom or feelings of rejection from her sister. You feel her emotions so readily and it can be truly heartbreaking.

I loved reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I would recommend this book to any book lover. I give this book 5/5 stars for being fantastic. 

Let me know if you have read Fangirl and what you thought of it. If you have read any books similar to Fangirl, I would love some recommendations! 

Happy Reading,
Tara

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