Book Discussion – Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: YA, contemporary

Pages: 481

Publisher: St-Martin’s Press


Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

(From Goodreads.)

“Isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”

“It sets a dangerous precedent.”

“For avoiding pain?”

“For avoiding life.”


My Thoughts

God bless Rainbow Rowell and her wonderful, wonderful writing. She has a way of taking usually mundane topics and situations and writing about them with such honesty and loveliness that you just can’t stop reading.

I fell in love with her characters. I don’t even know if I prefer dashing Levi, badass Reagan, complex Dad, or introverted Cath. Like, I actually cannot decide on this.

But I have to say that it was awesome to have a father figure that played such a big role in the story. I really cared about Cath’s family problems, and I wanted the dad to be all right, so bad.

Also, I loved that I could relate to Cath on so many levels.

Especially this one, haha:

“You’ve got your shit together, you’re not scared of anything. I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster.”

I love that Rowell made me laugh out loud so many times. And then made me want to curl in a ball and cry? Like, how does she do that?


Also, oh my god, let’s talk about the Simon Snow fanfic.

I loved how it was weaved through the actual story, and it reminded me so much of ME AND MY UNDYING LOVE FOR HARRY POTTER. I could relate so bad. And it made me want to go back in time and read all the books for the first time, and talk about it all the time and not be judged for it because







Loving Simon isn’t something one does alone or once a year at a convention–for thousands of fans of all ages, loving Simon Snow is nothing less than a lifestyle.

I mean, that quote is clearly about Harry Potter, yeah?

Anyway, I freaking loved this book. (Fangirl, I mean. And all of the HP, obvs.)

That’s it for me!

Did you guys love Fangirl as much as I did?

Could you pick a favorite character?

Do you wish you had a twin sister/brother?

Let me know in the comments!


Did you know I launched a beautiful little online book this month?

It’s called Dean & Lily – Season One, and everything you need to know about it is RIGHT HERE.

Thanks for reading everyone!

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14 thoughts on “Book Discussion – Fangirl

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  1. this book is soooo relatable that if i read it at a time when i’m feeling nervous, it literally makes me more anxious. like it’s so true and well written that it gives me cath’s anxiety. so i have to be careful about when i reread but in a good way?? what i’m trying to say is THIS BOOK IS VERY GOOD.

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    1. Hahahah, I know! I could totally relate to Cath’s anxiety as well, and it probably would’ve made me feel nervous too if I hadn’t read it while travelling/away-from-my-responsibilities-and-so-freaking-relaxed.

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  2. Why am I just reading this now?!! I finished Fangirl two or three days ago and I…LOVED IT!
    There are so many ways I can relate to Cath. I have social anxiety, well not medically diagnosed but by my own diagnosing. Although I have no interest (sorry🙈) in reading the HP series, I have an undying love for The Lunar Chronicles, haha 🙂
    The only thing I couldn’t relate with Cath(er) is she writes fanfiction, which I love to read but I couldn’t write it. I don’t think I have the ability Cath did to add to someone else’s world. I do play out a bit of fanfic in my mind at times though😊💜
    This was, to me anyhow, the ultimate contemporary 🙂
    I can’t wait to be able to read Carry On, even though it don’t have Cath, we get more Baz and Simon!
    I’ll be writing a review before the end of the month, then I’ll come and leave a link if you’d like😉💗

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    1. Yay! I’m so glad you liked it too! Same for me, I don’t think I could write fanfic; I have too many of my own characters haunting me every day already haha. I barely have time to finish my own stories!

      The Lunar Chronicles! 💗 I can’t believe I still haven’t finished this series! I have to get to Cress asap! 🙈

      I’m really curious about Carry On! I only read contemporary novels by Rowell so I can’t wait to see her fantasy writing style!

      Yay! Definitely drop me a link of your review! :D💗


  3. Ahhh you finally read Fangirl!! I’m so glad. The book gave me such intense Fangirl vibes (hence, the name lol). Cath was literally so relatable.
    Oh, and I LOVED that scene where Cath and Levi danced to Kanye in the “Emergency Dance Party” scene. That was so epic.

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    1. Omg yes! That scene was one of my fave too! I love that he just started dancing with her like crazy without asking any questions! I love his personality, I love his name, I love HIM.)

      Also when they’re driving to her home in the snowstorm and he feels so freaking guilty and nervous and he’s afraid her father will hate him for putting her in danger like that. 🖤

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