I finished Fangirl this morning over coffee, and I decided to try and write a review immediately while everything is still fresh.
I haven’t read a bookI finished Fangirl this morning over coffee, and I decided to try and write a review immediately while everything is still fresh.
I haven’t read a book like Fangirl in a long time. I read some contemporary books, but mostly, I’m drawn to books with a fantasy or historical setting. Moreover, whenever I glimpsed it on Bookstagram or at the bookstore, I thought to myself, It looks really cute, but I think I’m too old for it. However, last week I fell into one of my legendary reading slumps, so when I was at the bookstore on Friday, I decided to try something completely different to try and snap myself out of it. And, it worked!
From the first sentence, “There was a boy in her room.” I was hooked. And, I have to say that I have never identified with a character more than I identify with Cath. During university, I had social anxiety, and was much more comfortable in my dorm room, writing Harry Potter fan fiction, then out at parties. Moreover, my mother was bi-polar. It was quite interesting to be reading about what could have been a fictionalized version of myself.
However, even if you’re not a socially anxious, closeted fangirl, I think that you will still enjoy Fangirl very much. It’s an easy, smooth read. It’s easy to get swept up in the story. Rowell is a very clever writer. Many of her lines made me laugh out loud. Her writing is also very realistic, and so are her characters. While I liked Cath and Levi the most, I enjoyed them all. Whether the scene is Cath obsessing over her fanfiction, over Levi, or in one of her classes, they all manage to draw the reader in.
I haven’t read many reviews of this book, but one of the complaints that I’ve seen a few times, is the obvious similarities between “Simon Snow” and Harry Potter. Some went as far as to call it plagiarism. I don’t view it that way at all. In my opinion, Rowell is fully aware of the similarities and did them on purpose, to make a point. Rather than see that as a problem, I thought of it as she was paying homage not only to JK Rowling and Harry Potter but also to the massive fandom and fanfiction community that Harry Potter has produced.
To conclude, For me this book felt like a breath of fresh air. It was both invigorating and nostalgic. It managed to be light and witty, and still deal with some hard-hitting issues. So here is another book that I’m giving 5 stars to, (I’ve been doing that a lot lately, haven’t I?) and a book that I recommend. Especially if you enjoy a charming coming of age story with easy to love characters. Or if you’re a fangirl yourself. Definitely if you’re a fangirl. Haha....more
I loved this book. I'm actually very surprised that there are so many negative reviews of it. I read some of them before starting the book, and I begaI loved this book. I'm actually very surprised that there are so many negative reviews of it. I read some of them before starting the book, and I began reading expecting to see many of the things that people were complaining about. Namely, plot holes and poor characterization. However, I didn't. Instead, I was swept up in the story. That was one of my favourite things about this book, some people have called it slow, but I actually found Johansen's writing style enthralling. I also loved the characters, especially the Mace. I also enjoyed Kelsea, and didn't find her to be annoying or "mary-sueish" at all. I couldn't put this book down and I definitely want to read the second book, and see where the story goes. Maybe it's not for everyone, I don't know, I can only speak for myself, but I would definitely recommend it. ...more
I simply adored this book. From the first word to the last word I was hooked. It had everything I look for, historical detail, interesting plot, and cI simply adored this book. From the first word to the last word I was hooked. It had everything I look for, historical detail, interesting plot, and characters that you can't help but care about! Simons made me feel like I was living through the siege of Lenningrad along with Alexander and Tatiana. In addition of course, you have their wonderful love story. Which, I have to admit, I'm a sucker for. I loved how they first met, it reminded me so much of my own grandparents. From there, I was pleasantly surprised, usually, I am not a fan of stories that involve a love triangle between siblings, but in this case, it's not really a love triangle at all. There is no doubt that Tatiana is the one for Alexander. These two were so in love. They would do anything for each other. They were so protective of each other. However, I also enjoyed that they were not perfect. They both had flaws. It was nearly impossible to stop reading. I simply had to know what happened to them. One night I even read until 3:30am (taking breaks to take care of Kali). Boy, was I tired the next day, but I couldn't help myself. Usually, in a book, there is something that I don't like, however I loved everything about this book.
(view spoiler)[ Favourite Character: Alexander Belov/Barrington - No explanation needed. Just read the book! :)
Favourite Quote: "When Tatiana looked up from her ice cream, she saw a soldier staring at her from across the street." - It was nearly impossible to pick, there are so many amazing ones. I chose this one, because it is the beginning of their story, and I love how they recall it later on in the novel, after so much has happened between them.
Favourite Moment: Again, nearly impossible to pick, but if I had to I would say the fight they had in the middle of the street, when Alexander found out that Tatiana was back in Lenningrad. They both so desperately want the other to be safe. They don't care about their own lives. Alexander tells her that he will gladly die, rather than be without her, and she responds by informing him that if he doesn't escape and save himself, she will kill herself. Then instead of saying anything else, they just reach for each other. It was an incredible moment. I don't think my explanation does it justice.
Least Favourite Character: Dasha Metanova - I know I should say Dimitri, but you're not supposed to like Dimitri, whereas, I really wanted to like Dasha. And I don't dislike her because she met Alexander first, I dislike her because of how she treated Tatiana. They are supposed to be so close, and Tatiana is willing to do so much for her, and yet, I found her cruel. For example, the moment when she told Tatiana that she would kill and eat her if she had more energy...I know she was starving, but honestly, that's your little sister.
Least Favourite Moment: When Alexander tells Tatia that he only married her so he could sleep with her without people calling her his whore. I know that he was upset and angry and trying to make her angry, so she would feel for him less, but I still thought this was too far. Of course, he quickly backtracks, but once words are uttered, they are out there. Even though I don't believe, for a second that he meant those words, I wish he hadn't said them. However, that being said, I think it did add to the story.
Something I Would Change: I would have liked to see what happened if Tatiana and Alexander had not kept up the ruse for so long. I know was practically impossible, but I would have liked to see what would have happened. Sometimes, I wished that Tatiana was not so dedicated to keeping their love a secret. That being said, I still loved how everything actually played out. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
So, it's December and sadly, for the first time in 15 years, I have read less than five books this year. Of course, there's still hope--Wow, just wow.
So, it's December and sadly, for the first time in 15 years, I have read less than five books this year. Of course, there's still hope--2012 isn't quite over yet. This year has simply been a whirlwind of activity. My daughter was born in July so instead of reading, I've been busy learning about and loving motherhood. Moreover, at the end of October, something very unexpected happened that changed all of my major life plans so again, reading has not been a priority.
I chose to mention all of this, because last week I decided to make time to get back into reading and rather than finish Outlander , which I've been slowly making my way through since August, I decided that I wanted to try something new. I am so glad I did! I don't know if I can even find the words to describe how wonderful this book is.
From the first page, Taylor had me mesmerized. If you look at my book ratings, there are a whole lot of "4 stars" because generally, I really enjoy most books I read. For a book to get "5 stars" from me though, it has to have something extra. Something that I can't really put my finger on. I guess it has to touch me in a unique way that few books manage to do. Well, this book managed it and then some.
I was surprised and pleased to find that this story is far from your typical YA romance, does it contain the same themes and devices as other books in the genre? Yes, it does. However, Taylor also goes far beyond that to create both characters and a story that are not only interesting and exciting, but also deeply moving. I won't go into specifics, because I don't even know where to start. I realize that this review is rather vague and I apologize for it. Rather than ramble on, I will conclude by saying that I think everyone should give this book a try....more
I really enjoyed this book. In my opinion it is a cut above the regular harlequin fare. I found both Marguerite and Callum interesting and endearing.I really enjoyed this book. In my opinion it is a cut above the regular harlequin fare. I found both Marguerite and Callum interesting and endearing. I was intrigued by them earlier in the series, and I was happy that they finally got the chance to have their story told. I was also pleasantly surprised by the storyline. It held my interest much more than other romance novels usually do. ...more