If you’re even somewhat interested in books you will have probably heard of Fangirl by now. I swear this is the most hyped up contemporary ever. Which is exactly why I have been putting it off. I will try to keep this review as short as possible, but it will more than likely be a long one... So if you're a diehard fan of Fangirl and you can't handle anyone saying anything negative about it, I wouldn't read this review. Just saying.
When I first started reading this, I got about 25 pages in and hated it. Cath pissed me off, I thought she was rude and very unlikable. I was about ready to mark it as DNF, but since I had read every other Rainbow Rowell book and loved them, I thought I should at least finish this one. So I pushed through, and ended up finishing this 460 paged book in less than a day. I can’t say that I loved it, but I did end up enjoying it.
I do feel like Rainbow Rowell could have portrayed the anxiety a little bit better. I’m not going to go into my reasoning why I think that, but I really do disagree with Cath being portrayed as having anxiety. I think because people can relate to this book so much, and to Cath characteristics, people are now running around claiming that they have anxiety and I just feel like people get confused with being anxious about certain things, and actually having anxiety.
I feel like this book had too much drama happening. You’ve got the alcoholic sister, the father who has some sort of mental illness, the mother who abandoned them, plus Cath’s anxiety. Rainbow Rowell always has quirky and weird characters and I really like that about them. In every single Rainbow Rowell book I’ve read (which is all of them except Carry On), there is at least some characteristic that I can relate to. Whole that was still the same with Fangirl, I just didn’t like Cath. I mean, after the first 50 pages I started liking her a bit more but I just didn’t like her personality. She wasn’t a happy person, she thought it was weird that Levi would actually smile at people?!?!?! Like, what? I also thought she was stubborn, rude and very judgemental against people who weren’t as smart as her.
I hated Simon fricking Snow. I wasn’t a huge Harry Potter fan (let’s face it, I wasn’t a Harry Potter fan at all), so reading about a fanfiction which was about Simon Snow which is basically Harry Potter with different names… just wasn’t enjoyable for me. At all. I skipped all of the Simon Snow crap to be honest, wasn’t interested at all. Only to find out that the book ends on a flipping Simon Snow fanfiction excerpt. WHY? I thought that was complete bullshit, I couldn’t give a crap what happens to Simon and Baz, I want to know about the actual flipping characters of the book I was reading. I’m getting really worked up about this so I’ll stop but seriously!? And now Rainbow Rowell has published the fanfiction that Cath was writing in Fangirl! I just can’t.
I did enjoy the book. I thought it was quirky, funny and I liked the character development in Cath. I loved Levi, I thought he was funny, but Raegan was just amazing. She literally said everything I wanted to say to Cath, and she finally got her to come to her senses, and to live a little.
Hands down though, my favourite part of this book was when I figured out that the twins names, Cath and Wren = Catherine. I still can’t. I find that hilarious. Like how clever can you be? In the book it said the mum didn’t know she was having twins and she couldn’t think of another name. Gold!!
I was originally going to give this 3.5, because I did end up really enjoying it. But all of the Simon Snow crap, and how it ended really turned me off, so I am giving it a 3. That's a pass though which isn't too bad. P's get degrees... or P's get Published. Even F's get published these days.
Book: ★★★ / 5
Format: Paperback, 460 pages
Acquired from: The Book Depository [Giveaway]
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