Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell REVIEW
So I have a pretty wonderful Best Friend named Cassie. She is probably the coolest person to have ever have lived. Now Cassie has a book review blog which is totally worth checking out… you can find it HERE. I figured since my BFFL writes such lovely book reviews, I should get her to guest post over here on Book & Bloom!
So here is the first Guest Review by Cassie… I hope is the first of many!
Fantasy. Mystery. Thriller. Horror. Epic Novels that exist in world very distant from our own. These are the worlds I LOVE to lose myself in. They are the genres I tend to stray towards when I’m looking for a new book to read. But we can’t always exist in these worlds – and after reading a full series set in these world I find I need to give myself a break. I’d just finished reading the first installment in ‘The Dark Artifices’ series; Lady Midnight, and I have yet to procure my copy of Lord of Shadows.
As I’ve mentioned before, having a Best Friend who is as into reading as I am is great because she s always giving me books to borrow. About a week before finishing Lady Midnight she had given me Fangirl to read as sort of a ‘palate cleanser’ if you will.
It’s a classic teen, kinda-coming-of-age story about Cath, who has just started College with her twin sister Wren. Cath and Wren are about as different as twins can be, which has never been a problem because they were always joined at the hip (as twins often are); until College that is…
I could easily read this book over and over. It is super easy to read and I know that if I plopped myself down in front of a fire with a cup of steaming coffee, or took it down to the beach while I tanned, I could quite easily finish it in one sitting. I saw a lot of myself in both Cath and Wren. Wren is the social Butterfly. Parties, new friends, booze; the College Experience. That was definitely a bit of me when I was in University. But at the same time I see a lot of myself in Cath. Social anxiety, introverted, writes Fan Fiction (about a character named Simon Snow who is loosely based off Harry Potter, which makes me love the book even more), lives in her head a lot. A homebody.
Fangirl made me fell like I was 17 again. Getting excited for Cath when new boys immerge on the scene. Laughing at Raegan, Cath’s roommate, who is the sassy, take-no-shit friend we all wish we had. Falling in love with Levi, the love interest, who is exaxtly the kind of unintentionally cool but secretly dorky guy who would steal my heart. I loved everything about it – the only critique I could give is that I wished there was a little bit more.
I’d give it an 8/10.