Published by St Martin's Press on 10 September 2013
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Buy on Amazon|Buy on Audible|Buy on Barnes & Noble|Buy on Book Depository
Also by this author: Carry On
Place(s) Traveled to: Lincoln, Nebraska // Omaha, Nebraska (2011)
First Line: There was a boy in her room.
I don’t normally review books months before they are released but every so often an exception must be me. Such is the case with Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl which is a book that I’ve literally been bouncing over and telling everyone I know to preorder it immediately. As regular readers are aware I recently jumped onto the Rainbow Rowell bandwagon when I read Eleanor & Park (my review) on a flight to Frankfurt. That book just filled me all the emotions and I just fell so deeply in love with the character’s and Rowell’s writing style that I needed more. Fortunately for me I had access to my libraries digital catalog and I was able to download and devour her debut, Attachments (my review). But it wasn’t enough and so I think when I received approval for Fangirl while in Germany I may have let out a wee bit of a scream.
I then proceeded to stay up all night reading this book and was a total zombie the next day causing my co-workers to think I was still suffering from jet lag. To which I corrected them, nope…just a really good book. Only a really good something will keep this gal from sleeping and Fangirl hit all the right notes. First there were the amazing characters of Cath, Levi, Regan, and Wren. Although truth told I really wanted to smack Wren upside the head on more than one occasion for her attitude towards her twin. Oh, I totally get the need for independence and wanting to separate yourself from your sister but there are less hurtful ways to go about it than she did. But then Reagan and Levi more than made up for any slights that Wren gave. Oh Levi 3>
Not only is there there the main story of Cath learning to cope with all these new experiences during her freshman year of college but there is also a story within a story and I just LOVE those. Cath is a bit of an introvert and she has taken to writing fan fiction based on her favorite series, The Simon Snow Series which is her worlds Harry Potter. So inter-spaced with Cath’s story are snippets of her fan fiction and you just can’t help but fall in love with that world as well, especially if you are a fan of Harry Potter.
I could not put this book down. With each book that Rainbow Rowell writes her writing and characterization just gets so much stronger. I thought that I felt all the feelings with Eleanor & Park but what I felt during my read of Fangirl far surpassed that book. I think that I may have cried a little when I hit the last page because I didn’t want it to end. I wasn’t ready to leave this world and I just wanted to know more about Cath and all the characters in this story. I want there to be a sequel….nay FOUR sequels…chronicling all four years of Cath’s college experience. I want there to be a website so that I can read all of Cath’s fan fiction and I am so not a fan fiction reading person. I have nothing against it but its just never been something I’ve been interested in reading.
I’ve read this book a good dozen times since finishing it for the first time last month and I know that I’ll re-read it hundreds of times more in the future. These characters are already old friends who are very dear to me and I envy everyone who hasn’t read it yet because I’d loved to re-read this book again for the first time. Just thinking about it can make my hear ache (in that oh so wonderful way). There aren’t enough words to use to say how much I loved this story and all the ones I find just aren’t enough to full articulate all that I want to say. What I do know is that Fangirl is definitely one of my all time favorite reads. Its a book that I will most likely buy over and over as I’ll keep giving it away to people who need to read it. And if I wasn’t aware of it before I’m utterly and completely in love with Rainbow Rowell’s writing. If she published a book of grocery lists I would read it and love it. I am a fan for life and think you should be too. In fact, I’m giving away a pre-order of Fangirl here and you should enter. Because if you haven’t read a Rainbow Rowell book yet you are totally missing out on something amazing.