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