I said to myself I would stop writing book reviews for loads of books because I can't schedule them and get them out as quickly as I like (which would ideally be immediatly after reading them) due to just having loads of posts lined up. But here I am with yet another one but I promise I couldn't help it with this one, guys (and like I'd ever stop, really). Somehow Rainbow Rowell found out exactly what I'm like and put me in a book.
Well maybe not to that extreme, I'm not exactly like the main character Cath - I don't have a twin sister and I'm not just starting university (or college, since this is set in the US) but she loves fiction and writing and doesn't like to put herself in social situations, especially those with drunkards. This is honestly the closest I've ever felt to a character for so many reasons and I think that nerdy introverts will instantly fall in love with Cath.
"A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 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." (Goodreads)
There is a nice set of characters in the novel. It's another novel where all the characters are necessary and genuine. Can I also just say how thrilled I am about the male romantic interest who isn't broody, despicable, or an arsehole. He's just a nice guy. A genuine nice guy, because sometimes you read a book and the idea of having a male character be anything but nice is just out of the question.
I became obsessed with this book and read it all within a few days in January. I couldn't help it. It's too interesting - I wanted to know what happened next between characters including the snippets of fanfiction and original Simon Snow extracts. How excited are you for Carry On? Rowell is doing a Fangirl spinoff and it is the fanfiction world of Magicath's. I love it and I really can not wait for October!
I know this book came out in 2013 so it's really not new (Rowell has released another book since; Eleanor & Park which is proving popular) but I highly recommend you to read Fangirl if you haven't done so yet. I know my review is more just squealing and saying it's good but I really don't want to ruin this at all. It's a wonderful feeling just reading this book and making it through all the character developments, events and emotions. It's been ages since I finished this and it's still my favourite book, like, it's always in the back of my mind. I would happily reread it again so I can read about these characters.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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