Not Fangirling Over Fangirl

fangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: YA, Contemp. 

Published: September 10th, 2013 by Pan Macmillan 

Format: Paperback

Source: Bought my own copy. 

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate 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. Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

Oh I can already smell the controversy this review may cause.

WHY do I not like the books everyone dies hard for?

Again, as I do for most popular books, this will not be my typical style of review.

What I didn’t like:

Simon Snow.

I didn’t like the Simon Snow bits in-between chapters or when Cath read out her Fan Fiction. WHY? It felt so pointless. I GOT that Simon Snow is Cath’s life, okay? I didn’t need to read a book inside of a book to understand that. I barely coped with the snippets at the start of each chapter, but when Cath started reading her fan fiction? I have one word – boring. It was boring, useless, didn’t really add to the story. I read Fangirl for Cath NOT SIMON SNOW. I DON’T CARE about Simon Snow. I just needed to understand that Cath does, but I didn’t need to read pages and pages of pointless Simon Snow fan fic to understand that.

I actually didn’t find Cath all that relatable. Sometimes, she would say or do something and I was like AH, THAT’S ME! But it didn’t happen very often and it wasn’t all that spectacular. I can find a little of myself in a lot of fictional characters. She wasn’t something special for me like she is for a lot of my bookish, fangirl friends.

I didn’t like Levi all that much – in saying that, I probably related to him more than anyone else in the book. I also didn’t believe Cath and Levi’s attraction. They were a weird couple and I just couldn’t invest myself in it because I didn’t believe they liked each other.

I DID like Raven, though again, I thought Cath and Raven’s friendship was really weird. I just didn’t get it.

I liked the other components of the book – it was told really well, all the characters were unique and real (ish), I followed the story easily and enjoyed it! Though it didn’t make me feel anything. I didn’t get emotional. It was entertaining, but didn’t reach that spectacular level because it didn’t get me, the girl that can cry over anything to feel anything.

So… 3 breezy birds from me.



9 thoughts on “Not Fangirling Over Fangirl

    • Haha! Simon Snow reminded me of Harry Potter, too. Doesn’t mean I like being taken from one story to another. Plus, I thought shipping Simon and Baz was a little weird – it’s like Harry Potter and Draco. Nu uh!

  1. Thanks for the fantastic review, Brea! I feel quite similar with you about this book – after all the hype, I just found it to be disappointing. I actually started to skip the Simon Snow parts! I was also surprised to find Cath to be not all that relatable. However, I quite enjoyed Levi’s character. However, I did quite enjoy Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, so if you haven’t read that before, and you plan on it, I hope you enjoy it more than Fangirl. 🙂

    • I think Fangirl is definitely over hyped. And I did as well! Towards the end, when I realised they don’t really show any greater purpose than demonstrating Cath devotion. I didn’t really want to admit it, though. 😛

      I am considering reading Eleanor & Park – I read the blurb and it sounds like something I would like!
      Thanks, Ebony!

  2. Ooh, it’s actually my first time seeing a so-so review of this book 😀 Everywhere I turn on the blogosphere, it seems like Fangirl had those blindingly shiny 5 stars or so, but well yeah sometimes a book just doesn’t work 😀
    I actually haven’t read this myself, but since I never really like fanfic to begin with, I’m not sure if I would love reading a book about one 😀

    But thanks for the honest review, Brea! 😀

    Neysa @ Papier Revue

    • Haha! This review is showing me heaps of like minded people! 😛

      Fan fic is definitely a big part of the book – but if you skip the Simon Snow bits, you can almost pretend it’s not there. But besides that, if you aren’t a hard core fangirling person, than maybe this book isn’t for you. Though It does have some strong messages and I can see why people could relate too Cath, she just wasn’t my type.

      Thanks for stopping by, Neysa!

  3. This is the first review that totally mimics why I didn’t like it either. I honestly read it and wondered why all the hype. Compared to E & P, this one not only fell flat for me, but I wanted to throw it out the window. I didn’t know if it was because I don’t read fan fic, but it was dull. I skipped over all the Simon Snow bits as well. Loved the brilliantly honest review. Glad to see I’m not alone with my feelings on this one.

    • I’m beginning to see a few people who mimic thoughts of Fangirl! It did fall flat for me, though I still found it entertaining whilst in frustrated me.

      I think I’m going to have to read E & P. It sounds more like something I’d enjoy!

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