The Book: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Rating: 5⭐️
“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”
This weekend, I’ve been on a reading retreat with some fellow UKYA book bloggers up in the Yorkshire Dales. I took this opportunity to bring a load of my favourite books so that I could reread them and remind myself of why I loved them. And, of course, Fangirl had to be one of them.
I first read this book way back in 2015, long before I ever thought about starting a book blog. I’ve reread it so many times since then, for lots of reasons, and today I’m going to tell you why Fangirl is one of my favourite contemporary books.
First of all, this story is massively character driven. There is a plot, but it’s really not the focus of the story. The focus is on Cath, a shy and socially anxious girl who’s starting college in the US. Her life revolves around her twin sister, Wren, her dad and the fictional world of Simon Snow.
No matter how many times I read this book, I always love Cath. She’s such a wonderful character, and is someone that I think a lot of book lovers will be able to empathise with – I certainly do. I love reading how her character develops and blossoms throughout the story as she interacts with the other characters in the book, like Levi and Reagan.
Her relationship with her family is written really honestly. Brutally honestly, at times. There are some really heartfelt scenes between Cath and her twin, as their relationship grows and changes from that if two young teenagers to a more adult and understanding relationship.
I couldn’t write this review without talking about one of my absolute favourite book boyfriends – Levi. He is everything that is sweet and light and kind and beautiful in a guy, and is basically the exact sort of man that I would love to exist in real life. Because I would SO date him! Don’t get me wrong, he has his moments of being a little bit of an arse… but he 100% makes up for them!
Some people don’t understand why I reread books. But I always find something new when I reread a book. This time, I realised how important it is to have safe friends. Friends who always have your back, but aren’t afraid to tell you when you’re being a complete idiot. I’m happy to say that I definitely have some friends like this, and I, very grateful for them.
Have you read Fangirl? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.