Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Reading Time: 4 minutes

One of the most amazing or shocking facts was to learn about the existence of fangirl fanfictions when it itself is based on fan fiction. Confused? Let me explain it to you. Fangirl is basically a story of exactly what it says. A fangirl. A Fangirl who is a writer and is deep into fanfictions. So for me, it was so shocking to learn that Wattpad is filled with fanfictions based on the characters of this book. So it is like inception for me. Fan fiction inside fan fiction which is part of larger fan fiction. Hold on. I think my brain is exploding right now. Wait !! why am I on the floor?

Fangirl Official Synopsis

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

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?

Fangirl RWAT Take

Fangirl based on the theme of Fanfictions has nailed the whole concept so beautifully that I myself wanted to start writing fanfiction of my own. Then I saw my face in the mirror and then landed back on earth, knowing how skilled I am in writing. It is easier to criticize and point fingers at talented writers and have fun rather than actually sitting down and write a book 😛 I am a reader, not a writer

Right, so we were talking about the book. The fact that there are almost a hundred fanfictions based on this book, shows how much people loved the book. And I second that. I loved the book for its unique storyline and even though its a contemporary romance (it is right…? ) I loved how everything in the book had a platform of its own. It didn’t follow your usual instant love theme. That is one of the biggest pointers for me that the relationship in the book was as natural as it would be in a real-life situation. You meet and it takes days, months and years to actually bloom into a full-fledged relationship. I loved that aspect of this book.

The second factor that I loved in the book is how it was not all about love. it was a mixture of a whole lot of stuff. Relationship with colleagues, family, personal self and emotional growth and stability. A lot of factors that made the book worthwhile to different people who prefer different aspects in their books. There is an angle which would resonate with everybody, be it as a reminiscence of their college days, first love or relationship with sibling or family, Basically something for everybody

Conclusion

In conclusion, this is a book that spreads over a whole lot of plains and because of which makes it apt for anyone who picks it up. It is just not about high school, college or romance. It is about rediscovery, finding your ground. Basically something for every taste.

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