So I didn’t know what to expect with ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell. I knew quite a lot of people love it and it’s received some very high praise so I guess I assumed I would also love it.
Cath and Wren are twins and go to the same college together (University if you’re a Brit like me) and it tells the story of how Cath deals with this as well her mentally unstable father and tall widow-peaked maybe boyfriend, or maybe doesn’t deal with it. I think there’s a Cath in all of us book lovers and I’m slightly jealous of her talent and fan base. I related to her a lot, especially with regards to her social anxiety and loneliness.
There aren’t really any defining moments within the story, no big build-up, no boom to leave you breathless and wanting more. The best I can describe it as, is easy to read. It’s alright if you pause a couple of times whilst reading it because picking up where you left off isn’t difficult. It’s a comfortable read, however do I feel like I’ve benefitted from it? No. Would I read it again? Perhaps not. Do I feel like I need to read the sequel? Again, no.
Side note: I found the Simon Snow excerpts kinda annoying. Like why do I wanna read a book inside of a book? Don’t get it.
Nothing stands out about Fangirl and I have to wonder why it has such a following. Is it just because it’s about a girl who loves a series of books so much, that she prefers to live in a fictional world rather than the real one? Don’t get me wrong, I would love to live in several different worlds I’ve read about over the years but it wouldn’t explain any love for this book in my opinion. Perhaps I’ve missed something along the way.
Let me know if I have missed something! Please, I’d like to be wrong about this one.
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