Review: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

Review: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
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Written by: Rainbow Rowell
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Release date: September 10, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 434
Source: Purchased
Buy: B&N, Amazon
Add on: Goodreads

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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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There are tons of books out there with relatable characters, who are easy to understand and “relate to” on a certain level. If you  know me, you know I’m never a fan of books where I can’t relate to the characters at least a little bit – it’s a requirement of a good book, for me. I need to feel something for the characters, and that’s easier to do if they’re relatable and understandable.

But it’s not often that I come across a book where I strongly and immediately relate to the main character. I mean, considering the fact that I read mostly science fiction, or fantasy, or dystopian/post-apocalyptic books, I suppose this isn’t terribly surprising. It’s not like I’m fighting for my life after the destruction of humanity by some futuristic disease that turned everyone aged 26+ into zombies (I stipulate “over 26” because I am 25, and I’d like to think I’m still alive in this post-apocalyptic future). (Actually, based on the YA books I’ve read, I am pretty likely to be one of the “adults” killed, leaving all the young teens fighting for their lives. …Wow, that actually kind of sucks… But I digress.)

Excluding my tendency towards scifi/fantasy – even in the really good “realistic fiction” I’ve read (while the main characters might be relatable in certain ways), there has never been a character who said, “Hey look, I understand you, I understand your anxieties, your passions… You’re not alone!”

And then there was Fangirl. In Cath, Rainbow Rowell gave me a character whom I related to more than any other character I’ve read before, and on an extremely personal level. And I can’t tell you how amazing it felt to read this.

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Giveaway! FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

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That’s right, guys…  Obviously, I really, really, really wanted to read Fangirl – because I ended up preordering it from BOTH Amazon.com AND Barnes & Noble. I don’t even know how that happened. I was just so excited for this book. XP Now, I could have easily returned one of these copies, but let’s face it – I love spreading the book-love. So I thought, what better way to do that than to just give away my extra copy? :D

This works out extra awesomely because I absolutely frickin’ adored this book. This post isn’t going to turn into a review (that will be coming next week), but seriously – if fandom is or has ever been a big part of your life, you need to read Fangirl. I related to Cath (the main character) more than I’ve ever related to a character EVER, and it felt so good to read about someone I related to so strongly. And not just Cath, but all the characters were fantastic – plus the romance is super adorable and feels-inducing. ;) So whether you’re in it for the relatability or for the cuteness, you seriously need to have this book.

Check out the blurb below if you haven’t heard enough about this book yet, and scroll down for the giveaway!

Giveaway! FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
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Written by: Rainbow Rowell
Release date: September 10, 2013
Pages: 405
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Fangirl

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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon: Day 2


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SummerLovinBadge2Summer Lovin’ runs from July 1-7. This is a no-pressure Read-a-Thon – the point is to have fun and to tackle your summer TBR list. Set your own goals and enjoy participating in posts, challenges, and giveaways! It will all culminate in a 24-hr marathon read-a-thon, from Saturday July 6th at 10am EST, to Sunday July 7th at 10am EST. Sign ups are open through July 6th!

Today is Day Two of the Read-a-Thon, and today’s discussion topic is…

You’re the One That I Want


List your must-have summer reading (the ones you read over and over again) or give us some of your favorite recommended summer reads.

I’m dividing this topic into two sections…

1) Recommended Summer Reading

These are some lighter, what-I-consider summery reads, which I would totally consider re-reading if I had the time (darn you, Goodreads and my mile-long TBR list!!). Definitely check these out if you haven’t read them! (Especially The Art of Wishing – that book needs more love, it is ADORABLE.)

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2) My Highly-Anticipated Summer Releases

I’d also like to take this opportunity to list the not-yet-released summer reads that I’m most looking forward to! Since summer officially ends on September 21st, these all come out between now and then, and I am SUPER EXCITED for all of them!

I hope everyone has these on their TBR lists, because they all look like they’re going to be AMAZING!