Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Reads: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!!

Friday is here, and with it a few reviews in the shape of Friday Reads posts.

For starters, a fantastic book that lived up to the hype and more!


FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


You know that feeling when you read so many good reviews of a book that you expect it to be great and then when you read it, and you don't even know how, but it totally exceeds your expectations and you are happy that you totally disregarded your TBR list and schedule and stayed up till almost 7 am reading it?

Yep, that was how good Fangirl was for me. Another hint of how good it is? My tablet run out of battery around 4 am, I got out of bed, found the charger, plugged it in and continued reading!

I loved Fangirl so much that I'm shocked! I'm not usually a big fan of contemporaries, and Fangirl is a contemporary read through and through, but it is full of all the things that make it an outstanding book.

Fangirl is the story of Cath, a girl that is not good in social situations, even less in new ones, a girl that doesn't deal with change too well, a girl that loves things that are known and safe, and a girl that loves fiercely, from her dad, to her sister to the ever important fanfiction she writes for her favourite book series.

The thing about this book is that it all felt so real! The characters just seemed alive in those pages, being scared, being in love, growing up, refusing to face things... it all happened and it all felt real! The relationships between Cath, her twin sister Wren, her dad, Reagan the room mate, Levi... ah Levi! Nick the writing partner... Everything feels so alive, so genuine, so real!

The story is full of growth, on how to deal with life, how to face those things we don't love, how to not just stay with what's easy but take risks, and how to deal with our messed up selves. As it is, this is not a story that requires plot twists but there is a wonderful progression, with ups and lows, starts and stops... just like life.

The romance is just perfect. Perfect for the story and the characters, and perfect to just make you root for both of them, despite feeling like smacking Levi at one point, from the beginning to the end!

The addition of the Simon Snow quotes and Cath's fanfiction throughout the book is simply genious! It helps you relate to Cath more, and with its slight Potteresque hints, it made me want to read more both of the original stories and of Cath's fanfiction!

All in all an absolutely brilliant read that made me cry, made me laugh and made me all fuzzy inside! 5 of 5 stars without a doubt!



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10 comments:

  1. I love this book and I love your review! It was such an honest and wonderful story. So glad you liked it, too!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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    1. Thanks Kate! It's great when you can share your love for a book with others!

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  2. Sounds like an amazing read! I love it when you can totally get sucked into characters in a story. I'm putting this on my list!

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    1. YAY Ky! Do let me know if you like this one!

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  3. YES!!! I'm so so happy to see that you loved this book, I've only read 1 book by Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park) and I'm already a die hard fan of her. I bought Fangirl this week and I can't wait to start it. Awesome review, Pili! :) Doesn't it feel absolutely the best when a book exceeds your already high expectations? That how I felt after finishing E&P!

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    1. Yep, there's no feeling like hoping you'll love a book and when you read it, you absolutely adore it!

      I will be reading Eleanor and Park next week for Banned Books Week and I'm sure I'm gonna adore it too!!

      Thank you, Aman!

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  4. Aw, so glad you loved it too <3 it was just so perfect :D I loved the Simon Snow story, hih. And I wanted to read all of it.. sigh. Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Yeah, I'd love to read more fanfic as well as the full Simon Snow story!
      Thanks for the comment love!

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  5. This sounds like such an adorable contemporary! It's great that everything felt so real to you and it makes me want to read it more! I'll definitely need to get to this one soon :)
    Great review! :D

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    1. Thank you, Samantha!
      I'm not a big fan of contemporaries at all, but I think I'll read anything that Rainbow Rowell puts out from now on!
      Can't wait to see what you think when/if you read this one!

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