Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Book Review

Holly Smith
3 min readNov 6, 2021

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Yes, I’m aware that this book came out YEARS ago. I first heard about this book when it came out back in 2013. Yes, I’ve been apart of the Booktube community since 2009. I’m old, I know…

The reason I never picked this book up was because the first book I read by Rainbow Rowell, ‘Eleanor and Park’ just hit way too close to home for me so I didn’t feel comfortable picking up another book by Rowell until now…And I’m so glad that I did!

Fangirl is about a young girl named Cather Avery aka Cath. Cath has a twin sister named Wren. Wren and Cath have grown up obsessed with a book and movie series called Simon Snow. They’ve read all the books, seen all the movies many times and even try their hand at writing Simon Snow fanfiction as they both eagerly await for the Author of Simon Snow to finish the book series.

Their fanfiction, ‘Carry on’, takes off and becomes a huge success. Because of this Cath decides to major in English to become a real Author. But once she gets to college everything changes and she starts to question everything she thought she knew.

I can honestly say there are not many fictional characters who I feel that I can really relate to on a personal level, but once again Rainbow Rowell has hit the nail right on the head!

I grew up obsessed with Harry Potter. Harry Potter helped me get through a very dark and troubled childhood, because of that I grew very attached to it. I read and reread all the books countless times, saw every movie multiple times and fell in love with Harry Potter fanfiction at the ripe age of twelve.

So reading ‘Fangirl’ was like stepping through a time portal and reliving my younger years. The most relatable moment in the book for me is when Cath finally gets her hands on the very last published Simon Snow book. I remember when the last Harry Potter book came out and how overwhelmed I became when picking it up because I was so emotional invested in the series. So that scene really hit me right in the feels!

Photo from Goodreads

My Rating: ★★★★★

Looking at the reviews on ‘Fangirl’, I see a lot of mixed opinions but I can say for me this was a 5 Star read because it really remined me a lot of my own life. I think Rainbow Rowell captured perfectly what it is like to be an obsessive fangirl and gave us a lot of laughs along the way!

My favorite character in this book is obviously the main character Cath. She is witty, funny and a complete nerd! She loves to get lost in fictional worlds and write just like me! Cath has gone through some pretty difficult things in her life which is the reason for why she is the way she is and I love that about her!

‘Fangirl’ is a quick, heartfelt cotemporary read that will leave anyone who had a nerdy obsession as a child feeling like they are not alone.

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