12. sij 2014.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


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My rating: 5++

Book summary:

"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?
Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?"
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“To really be a nerd, she'd decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”
      Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a must-read for every girl who consider herself a true bookworm. Why? Because all of us can find a little bit of ourselves in main protagonist, Cath. (And maybe even in her twin sister Wren.) This coming of age story about sisters, reading, first love, finding your own identity is a one of those I'll put on list of the books I'll want my (hypothetical) daughter to read one day.

      Story starts with Cath who is settling in her dorm room and she is pretty much freaked with the unknown. Silent, shy girl who spent her whole life being one of the twins, now have to figure out who she is just as Cath, without her more outgoing sister Wren. Whole thing about sisters is one of the most relatable parts for me. I do not have twin, my sister is four years younger, but I recognized so much of our own relationship in Cath and Wren's. Rainbow Rowell doesn't try to sugarcoat sibling's interaction, it's simply real life. You love each other because you just don't know how not to love your sister no matter how much she can piss you off sometimes. Then comes time when you realize that both of you have this whole other life which doesn't include your sister. And it weird. You find out things that shock you and surprise you. In the end you get used to it. You learn to accept that you have each other, but that still you have your own, separate lives.
“I don’t just kiss people. Kisses aren’t … just with me.”
      Other thing that made this book my all time favorite is swoon worthy romance and a kind of boyfriend every girl deserves to have. He makes mistakes, but he's also considerate, always there when you need him, gentle and smart. He can act like douche sometimes, but he always finds a way to make it up to the girl he loves. I fell in love in Levi after every next page, I was mad at him for being an idiot but, let's face it, that is real life guy's logic (I believe you all know which scene I'm talking about). I loved Cath and how level headed she was. And I love her for being a girl who wants to make a fact of kissing someone being really big thing.
“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.” 
        Fangirl has one of the most interesting premise I've stumbled upon in my reads lately. Fanfiction is a major issue in the reading community - some people like it, others hate it and there are those who find fanfic as stealing other people's work. I am not against it, I read my fair share of fanfics and I understand a need to stay in your favorite fictional world for just a little while. Rainbow Rowell had done amazing work with making it part of Cath's characterisation and in the same time giving her thoughts about reading from her own experience of being a reader. 

Who should read Fangirl?

      All of you who are craving for truly amazing books that will be part of you for the rest of your life and you'd want to buy ten different editions of novel just so you can read every singe one of them to find out if you had missed something previous time. All of you who want your children to read something that will make them a better person. And everyone who loves books.

 Happy reading,

Broj komentara: 35:

  1. ive been real hit and miss with rowells works, but i think this could be the one that sways me, i really need to give it a go!!

    Emily @ afternoonbookery.blogspot.com xxx

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    1. I've read Eleanor & Park and I am reading Attachments right know. Fangirl is a little bit different from those two and I can understand why some readers wouldn't like them so much.
      I think I even like E&P more.

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  2. I loved this book too! It was such a good book, esp. for Readers. We can totally relate. I too had a connection with the sister part, I was the nerdy one and my sister was the athletic outgoing one.... Great Review!

    Stephanie @ www.cover2coverblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. I am so happy that I've started a year with this novel.

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  3. Really want to read your review, Glass, but unfortunately, I'm not going to :( I have this gorgeous thing on my shelf, but since I already made the mistake with E&P and read a few reviews before I started reading the book, I had HUGE expectations and that's probably why I ended up being disappointed. I did read the quotes though (LOVED them :)) and I did peek at your rating which makes me even more excited. I hope your next Rainbow Rowell book will be just as successful :)

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    1. I completely understand you and I hope you will read this soon. I want to see what you'll think.:) But I think you will love it.
      I haven't even read book summaries, thank you God. :)

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  4. Woot, I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Glass! I absolutely adored it and thought it was such a realistic portrayal of college life. Plus, it's classically creative and wacky, just as all Rowell's books seem to be. Lovely review, my friend! :)

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    1. I love the way she writes. I already read Eleanor & Park (I'll post review on Friday), and I had mixed feelings when I started reading Attachments, but I'm almost finished and I love it.
      Thank you!

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  5. Wasn't this a totally unexpected cute read? So glad you were able to read it too. I want to read her other book now!

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    1. You should read them soon - they are great too. Attachment is completely different form other two, but it's probably one of the best chick-lits I've read so far.

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  6. "Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a must-read for every girl who consider herself a true bookworm." <--- I am SOLD, ladies.
    I have Fangirl, and you've just helped bump it up on my to-read list.
    Excellent review, Glass!

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    1. Oh, Andrea, you have to read it! Like yesterday read it!
      Thank you.

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  7. I've only heard amazing things about this book, I'm glad you enjoyed it Glass! I have to pick my copy up soon.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. I have to say that I wasn't expecting to like it this much, but all of those high ratings are true.

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  8. This sounds wonderful and I love the quotes you shared, I need to meet these bookish twins!

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    1. I think I highlighted every single page.:) I hope you'll like it.

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  9. Yay, I'm glad you read this! This book is one of my absolute favorites EVER. Great choice of quotes!

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  10. I know that it seems everyone loves this book, but I still get excited when I see another positive review. I loved this book so much!

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    1. I feel the same way about all of my favorite books.

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  11. I'm really looking forward to reading this book since I am a huge and I mean HUGE Potter girl all the way and a bookworm too. I'm so glad you loved this book so much and it shows so well in your review. Beautiful review, Glass!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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    1. Thank you, Sarika. This is totally perfect book for you. I can't wait to see what you'll think about it.

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  12. I need to make time in my schedule to read this because it sounds so good. Wonderful review, Glass! :)

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  13. This book really is perfect for us bookworms. It almost feels like she wrote it personally for you as you read, ya know? And Levi! <3 Glad you enjoyed it!

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  14. Fantastic review! I have heard so many great things about this book, and I really need to make time for it. It sounds like such a fantastic premise!

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  15. Lovely review! I REALLY want to read this one. I'm pretty sure I could relate to this a lot.

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  16. I loved this book as well. So well written. Fan fiction is honestly something I have never heard of or read until now. I was bored with all the fan fiction parts in the book, but the rest was top notch!

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  17. Ah, I liked this one, too. I read both FANGIRL and ELEANOR AND PARK within two days, and I like the author's prose so much! I will say that I always feel kind of let down by the endings (for some reason I'm always expecting/wanting more), but I can definitely see why so many people love her.I want to try out her adult books sometime, too.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  18. Even though I've heard great things about this book, I've still been kind of skeptical of checking it out since I don't typically read books like this. But your very first paragraph makes me want to read the book now :) Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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  19. The sisters relationship sounds amazing. I wish I was that close with my brothers. I am close with my brothers but I realize I need to get on without them if I want to get out of their shadow,
    Oh, Wren. I think I'm going to like him just as fast as I liked his quote. I like that all the relationships feel real to you. That's key to any great book (:

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  20. Yes on the first line! I instantly connected with Cath, even though I'm one of those poeple who don't care about fanfic. I loved seeing the paaion she had for it, but what I didn't understand was the sister relationship. I have a younger brother (2 years) and we're cool with each other (not too close, not too far, you get what I'm sayin?), so I never got why Cath wouldn't just set her sister straight when needed it. Wren said some really bad things to Cath indirectly and Cath never retaliated. Anyways, it was a fun book and I'm glad you enjoyed it too. Great review, Glass :)

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  21. I started this a few months ago, and I ended up putting it down. I think I may have pick to it up sometime soon, though! The romance sounds super sweet and I'm curious about the ending. Amazing review :)

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  22. I have much love for this novel. This is literally one of my favorite books of all time and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed it :)

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  23. So happy you love this one too! I'm head over heels for Levi too. This is such a fun book, and I think I might love it more than Eleanor & Park.

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  24. lot's of my friends loved this one now I am curious. Swoon worthy imperfect boyfriends? yes please

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