Book Review: Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell


The witty and clever writing style of author Rainbow Rowell (don’t let her name fool you!), will ensure to keep you entertained and wanting more of her first book Fangirl.

While I don’t usually pick up contemporary books, I read raving reviews about this one, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

Fangirl is about a girl named Cather (Cath), who has a twin sister named Wren. She is socially awkward and has just started college. She also, writes fan-fiction online, and has been for a number of years, and has a cult following, hence, the title: Fangirl.

Personally, I don’t usually feel as close to the main character if the book is not narrated by them, however, this book is an exception, it allows readers to feel and connect with the characters as though they were a fly on the wall.

There are tough issues that characters face in the book, such as mental illness, addictions, divorce, abandonment and mistrust. These are the issues that create such depth in the story that most contemporary books do not.

What’s great about the story is that excerpts of Cath’s fan-fiction is included throughout the book, and they are quite good!

Cath’s fan-fiction is heavily inspired by Harry Potter, in my point of view anyway. Perhaps, Rowell could be a Fangirl, with Harry Potter literature herself? It is this story that brings love and happiness into Cath’s life.

With quirky and funny quotes such as this:

‘His mouth was small, but bowed. Like a doll’s. She wondered if he had trouble opening it wide enough to eat apples.’

This book is sure to entertain.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


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