Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I've been wanting to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell since 2014 at least. I happily acquired the unabridged audio version of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and narrated by Rebbeca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield last fall from Audible and finally listened to it this year.

I first learned about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because it was so hyped by so many blog reviewers out there on the blogosphere. I liked Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell well enough, but I am not sure it lived up to the hype for me. There was too much going on plot wise for me in this novel... I felt like the author tried too hard to juggle too many topics in Fangirl and some of the topics needed more attention/details.

Also, I get the concept of what it means to be a 'fangirl', but I felt like the 'fangirl' part was a bit overkill and sometimes a distraction to the rest of the novel and what was going... I was tired of all the 'Simon Snow' series related excerpts at the end of each chapter and all of the times Cath read her Simon Snow fan fiction to Levi during the novel. I felt like this was a major distraction to the other topics that needed more attention. 

On the one hand, I loved Cath and Levi's romantic relationship, but Levi was too perfect!! Plus, I wanted a more definitive answer to which direction their relationship was going by the end of the novel as well... Along with some resolutions to other topics mentioned in the novel.

The following is a the plot summary for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell from Amazon:
In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, 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? Open her heart to someone? Or will she just go on living inside somebody else's fiction?
Listening time for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is 12 hours, 49 minutes.

I am giving Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!


  1. I have read Eleanor and Park by this author. I thought it was great. I have not tried Fangirl. Sounds like it is half good?

    1. It was half good for sure. I liked Fangirl, but it wasn't perfect.

  2. I remember reading this maybe five years ago and honestly I remember absolutely nothing about it or how I felt... I feel like that's a bad sign. I'm thinking I'll do a little bit of a nostalgia reread and see how it goes but I don't have high hopes. I'm sorry to hear it didn't really work out for you, either. Hopefully the next book you read will be a bit better!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Usually, if I don't remember much about a book it means it was okay or I simply enjoyed it at the time. Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment. Happy reading!!