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Fangirl Paperback – January 1, 2014
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- Publisher : Pan Macmillan Australia; 0 edition (January 1, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 459 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1447263227
- ISBN-13 : 978-1447263227
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 1.14 x 7.8 inches
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What I liked:
Levi. Without Levi I probably would have given up on the book. He was the reason I kept reading. I lived for Levi. A sexy country boy who wears Carhartt and swoons a girl for 4 months? Count me in.
The family drama. Yes, Wren was extremely annoying, but she added drama to the story line. As well as the manic father and the mother who left. I LOVE that Cath didn't go crawling back to her mom, that she stood up for herself and what was right for her.
It was a cute story. I loved the romance between Cath and Levi. Move over Cath, I'm coming for Levi and his ranch boy muscles.
What I didn't like:
I feel like there were a ton of unanswered questions and story lines that just kind of disappeared.
The first being the ending of Carry On, Simon. There was this huge build up of Cath needing to finish the book before Gemma T. Leslie. Her and Levi have a fight about how all her attention is going towards finishing the book, Cath realizes she doesn't need to finish the book before the final GTL book comes out... and then it just isn't really talked about again. For as much emphases as Fangirl put on Cath finishing Carry On, Simon, it kind of just let that story fall out.
This happened again with Cath's professor wanting her to finish her Fiction writing assignment. The book put a lot of importance on how Cath couldn't write it, how she wasn't going to write it, how she just wasn't invested in anything except for Simon and Baz. Then the professor gave her a "blood, sweat, and tears" talk, and Cath said she would write it because she couldn't tell her no. Towards the end of the book, Cath is in Levi's room and starts to write it. We get the gist that it is about the day her mom left the family. Cath tells Levi she slid the finished product under the professor's door and that's the end of it. But again, that is the last we hear of it.
Noah was a major part of the first section of the book, and then he just sort of dropped off the face of the planet. It was never explained why he "flirted" with Cath and then just ran off after they were done writing together. Was it cause he was just using her for her writing and editing skills? Towards the end up the book, he pops back up and blames Cath for losing his teaching assistant position, but it was never said why he lost it. Was it because the professor knew he stole Cath's work? After the confrontation in front of Cath's room, we don't hear about him again. It's just another gap in the story.
I didn't love all the fanfiction writing in the book. I didn't mind the excerpts in between chapters, I thought that was cute. But her reading it aloud to Levi and having to read her story in the book was annoying. I feel like it didn't add anything to the story line and it went on for pages multiple times throughout the book. I wish the author would have focused more on wrapping the book up better. I found myself skipping past the fanfiction parts because I just wanted more Levi.
The book pages were dwindling down and I remember thinking, "How is the author going to wrap everything up?" Spoiler alert: She didn't. When I turned the page and realized it was the LAST PAGE my mouth literally hung open and my brows were furrowed. Yes, furrowed. I was instantly upset. It was like you just watched six hours of a movie with a great build up, and then the DVD is scratched and you don't get to finish the rest. It was like eating an ice cream cone and then it falling on the cement before you can finish it. It was like taking a sip of delicious coffee and then spilling it all over yourself before you are done. I think you all get the point.
Maybe if I would've read Fangirl before Eliza and Her Monsters I would have liked it better. However, I did have major issues with the plots and story lines of Fangirl. I think me and Rainbow Rowell will part ways for now.
So Cath is basically me...No really. My name is Katherine (which her's would have been if she wasn't a twin although spelled differently), and the college she's attending sounds a lot like the college I attended (although I went to a private school not a major state university). She is more of a city girl than I am, but that was really a very small facet of her personality as it pertains to the story. And like Cath, I'm a major Harry Potter fan (and let's face it, Simon Snow is pretty similar to Harry Potter). What I'm saying is that I really related to Cath and it took pretty much zero effort to step into her shoes, and that might be part of why I wanted to listen to the story again immediately, because the ending of her story was more what I'd wanted for my life at her age, but I didn't get there.
As far as the audiobook goes, I felt the narrator was perfect for Cath's voice. The accent was neutral to my ears (as it should be for a midwestern girl), and while the opposite gender voices weren't spectacular, they also didn't seem like caricatures. The Simon Snow and fanfic sections of the book were narrated by a man with a British accent and it worked well to set those segments apart from the main story. I would definitely recommend this as an audiobook if you enjoy them.
Overall I give Fangirl 5 out of 5 stars.
Top reviews from other countries
Cath lives and breathes fandom. She and her twin sister Wren devoured a children's fantasy series called Simon Snow. They wrote wreathes of fanfiction, hung out in forums and went to late night book releases. Their obsession grew at the same time their mother had left them. In that sense it was not so much a craze but a way to cope. For Cath, it was not only the option to live in someone else's world, but to have their words become yours. In writing fanfiction, she ensured that the story that comforted her during the painful separation, never ends. This is a notion that really hit home. Cath takes comfort-zone to a whole new level.
As the sisters head off to college, Wren is keen to become independent and live apart. So Cath is faced with a terrifying new life, away from a once inseparable twin and a father who also never fully recovered from the family trauma. We soon realize that this is more than your usual freshmen jitters. Cath has trouble engaging with new environments and people, preferring to almost starve than ask where the food hall is. A big bulk of the novel focuses on how she navigates through this, with the help of some zesty characters and a cute farm boy. This is when the plot slows a little, but the author easily maintains a constant liveliness to the story.
Cath is a very sweet character and I imagine she speaks to many types of 'fangirls'. We all understand how special certain books are, their characters, worlds and most importantly their words. We root for Cath to grow in confidence and independence, not so she can cast away her past but so she can finally create her own stories.
I found some of the side characters unlikely at first, such as the main character's sister, but by the end of the book she had grown on me.
I love Rainbow Rowell’s books. There has not been one that I have read that I have been disappointed in. She has a brilliant voice for YA fiction. Fangirl is another fantastic example. It I a coming of age novel – my favourite kind – about self discovery and it accurately shows the realities of attending college and the mental strain it can put on people and also the how difficult it can be to find your place.
I really sympathise with Cath. She just seemed like she was spinning so many plates that the entire emotional crash was inevitable. Besides issues of mental health and anxiety, Rowell presents a whole host of other issues for us to bask in such as first love, family disconnect, alcoholism, abandonment. Fangirl really is a multidimensional novel.
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