Hey everyone hope you all are having a great day. 🙂 Today, I’m gonna be reviewing Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
I jumped into Fangirl just after Geekerella, as I was in the mood for books based on fandom. Geekerella was simply stunning and wonderfully written, so maybe that made me critique Fangirl too much. But nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read!
Going in, I was quite unsure if I would like the book or not, because I had heard mixed opinions on this book. To be completely honest, I’m the kind of person who gets easily influenced by others’ opinions. I might not even pick up a book, if a majority of people whom I follow, seem to dislike it. So, it was quite a tough decision for me to pick up Fangirl. But I’m glad I picked it up because, I mostly enjoyed the book and it was swift ride, and helped me get over my mini book slump, I’m grateful for that. I will be going into spoilers now, so read further, only if you have finished the book. If not, read the book, come back and we can talk more freely about it, together 🙂
Right, assuming you have read the book, I will continue with my spoiler thoughts.
I loved how this book was easy and comfortable to read. A perfect book to get over slumps I’d say. Levi is such a cinnamon roll. I love how Cath calls him “roommate-in- law” at one point in the story. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone smiled all the time like Levi?
Although, I’m all for the good hearted Levi, Reagan was my favorite character as I felt like I connected to her better than any other character in the book.
I connected to Cath on a fangirl level, but as a person, Reagan was more appealing to me. I could understand why she found Cath weird. Cath has social anxiety and that is also something I understand completely, but I felt she could have tried a lil bit more. Levi and Reagan invite her loads of stuff but, Cath ignored almost everything, till she realized that she liked Levi.
Which leads me to the scene where Cath reads Outsiders to Levi. It was probably my top 1 favorite part of this book. It was so cute and intimate, and I couldn’t stop smiling.(Refer Chapter 15 :D) Also, thanks to Levi, I realized that recording lectures and listening to them later, is a very effective study technique, so thanks Levi for that 😀
My heart broke, when Cath saw Levi kissing some random girl. I felt cheated and started hurling mental curses at Levi. But then again all worked out well in the end.
I think it was brilliant not “lazy” that their mom named the twins as two separate parts of the name Catherine. Cather + Wren = Catherine. Really smart.
Now coming to Wren, well I have a friend who is like Wren. I understand people like her who want a complete makeover of life in a new environment. It appeals to them, but I was with Cath here as I hate changes. More like changes in relationships. It was right on Cath’s part not to accept their mother. I would have done the same, if I were her shoes. Wren became quite bitchy later in the story. I swear to God, Wren’s friend, was like that dumb blonde sidekick of Regina George in Mean Girls. She irritated me to no ends. Her character was not at all required.
We have to talk about the total scumbag Nick, who deserves to be shot by Jesper, “Forgive me” spelt across his chest with bullets ( A lil’ Six of Crows reference there ;))
I really wanted Nick to be a nice guy. I really wanted him to be like the second lead or something. But I knew from start, that it wasn’t gonna happen as he seemed too business minded. He never walked Cath on the way home. I should have realized it completely back then. But when he says he wants to submit the story he and Cath wrote together, he doesn’t even ask her permission. It was like he was just letting her know that he was going to do it anyway. That ticked me off. The whole time, I felt that he was like that character from 13 reasons why( Now that I think about it, I think even his name was Nick) in her poetry club. I would say why I compared them, but that is a spoiler for the show. Anyway, he got what he deserved. Karma truly comes back in the end, so I was like “You go gurl!!” when Cath says that she doesn’t want her name in the magazine as her work of the story they co write and in turn made him lose his prize. Perfect revenge xD
I loved how low key sassy and funny Cath was, at times.
Like this time when Cath is frustrated with her breakup with Abel and his high ACT scoring girlfriend.
“I can’t believe Abel told me this girl’s ACT score, what am I supposed to with that? Offer her a scholarship?” And at another point she contradicts this dialogue with her own situation. “And why was she even arguing this point with herself? It’s not like she was going to send Abel, Levi’s ACT scores. ”
And this time, when she is pissed at Levi for kissing the random girl.
“Levi in gods’ country. Probably having the merriest Christmas of them all. Merry. That was Levi 365 days a year. (On leap years, 366. Levi probably loved years. Another day, another girl to kiss.)” XD.
Find a guy who looks and talks about you like Levi looks at Cath. “He talks about you like you’re something he found in a natural history museum.” –Reagan (Chapter 16)
I connected on a spiritual way with Cath’s coping mechanisms for heart break. “Usually she ended up working on Carry on, Simon. Cath was on a streak, posting long chapters almost every night.”
Where do I find a gentleman like Levi? “I literally couldn’t walk next to you empty handed, said Levi, taking her luggage. It’s nothing personal. I’d do this for anyone with two X chromosomes”
Now let’s talk about Cath’s parents. I loved Cath’s dad. He was funny and caring at the same time. On the other hand, I absolutely loathed the mother. The worst part was that she never felt any remorse for her actions. And she acted in the most childish way, expecting her kids to understand her when she was entirely at fault. I hate that Cath became socially awkward and has to visit the doctor regularly because of her. But anyways, I loved the dad. He was too funny that time when he wanted to build a pole from her Cath’s bedroom leading to the bathroom. I was like “Where can I sign up for this?” and the time when Cath calls him, and he answers “This is Art” I doubled over, laughing at that. 😀 XD
I do have a few problems with this story. I never bothered to read the Simon Snow snippets throughout the story as they felt boring and irrelevant to me. And the fact there was Harry potter co-existing in the same universe and Simon Snow being popular than Harry Potter kind of made me angry. And the whole time in the story, Cath writes this fanfiction but it is never shown how it ends. I wanted to see some kind of interaction between her and Gemma. T Leslie. So that was another disappointing thing about the ending.
Speaking of which, I never saw the ending coming. It felt abrupt at the time, but now that I think about it, it was a very good ending, with Cath winning the Underclassmen Prize.
So, there you go, those were my consolidated thoughts on Fangirl. I gave the book 4/5 stars.
I’ll see you in my next post. Till then I hope you have a happy reading week. Bye! 😀