I know I’m late to the party and no one will give two shits about my review, but I’m writing it anyways.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was disappointing to say the least. I can’t see myself picking up another book by this author in the foreseeable future.
This one might get a tad bit messy. It is what it is. I know I’m about to hurt a few people’s feelings. Just know that I will still sleep the same tonight.
Let’s first hear from the author. . .
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
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?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Somebody: How was Fangirl?
Me: *shrug shoulders* Blah.
Somebody: What happened?
Me: *shrug shoulders* 483 pages of nothing.
Somebody: Should I read it?
Me: *shrug shoulders* If you like watching paint dry.
Somebody: Why did you finish it if you didn’t like it?
Now, I know I can be a bit dramatic and there’s a 75% chance of that happening right now. That doesn’t change the fact that…
- Nothing happened.
- I wasted 483 pages of life that’ll I’ll never get back.
- The protagonist was dull and boring.
- The protagonist was a horrible sister and friend.
- Nothing FUCKING happened!
I don’t know if there’s going to be spoilers in my review because I don’t recommend it to anyone who reads this review.
For starters, if you’re going to name a book Fangirl, can I please have some crazy ass fangirling activities?! I mean, stalk somebody or something. Nope, all I got was some lousy ass fanfic. I actually like fanfic. If the book is about a chick who writes fanfic, call the book Fanfic and not Fangirl. When I think of a fangirl, I think of my daughter crying at Bruno Mars concert.
Skip to 2:48 to see what a real fangirl looks like.
See the difference.
I didn’t like Cath. She was a horrible twin sister and an even worse roommate/friend.
The chick spends the night and kissing her roommates boyfriend. We come to find out he wasn’t her roommates boyfriend at the time, Cath thought he was so it’s still just as bad.
She sheds a few crocodile tears afterwards and begs for forgiveness but seriously.
If my roommate did this shit to me, the bitch would have to go. Don’t fuck with my man or my ex. Girl code, bitch!
As I reader, I need to like the protagonist in order to enjoy a book. There’s zero chance in hell I could like or respect a chick like that.
As a little sister, I can hands down tell you that there is no way in hell I would go months and months not talking to my sister if we live on the same college campus. I couldn’t care less whether or not she wanted to see. My ass would have been at her door banging every day and possibly kicking it down to get to my sister. Even more so knowing she’s turning into an alcoholic. And this chick was a twin!
I guess I was born different. I got loyalty inside my DNA (in my Kendrick Lamar voice).
From what I can tell, the reason many were able to connect to the horrible sister and friend was because she was a bit insecure, gullible, and introverted. I get that. I really do. To me that doesn’t excuse negative behavior. You don’t get a get out of jail free card because your not a confident person.
There were a few good moments, but they were overshadowed for me by piss poor actions. I’m not one to give into crocodile tears, bullshit excuses, playing victim, or playing dumb every time you make the same stupid decisions. Maybe that makes me a bitch. At least I’m a loyal bitch.
Cath came off to me as a “please feel sorry for me” chick who’s always looking for a pity party.
Okay I’m done now. It’s time to move on the two important questions. . .
Do I recommend this book? Only if you’re looking for a book where nothing really happens.
Will I read another book by this author? No. Nothing against her, it’s not personal. I just don’t think I’m her target audience. I’m sure she won’t give a fuck about my opinion.
I don’t plan out my reviews. I just sit down and type like you’re right in front of me and we’re having a conversation. This one did get a bit messy but not to worry, most of my reviews are not.
Remember to follow all things messy. . .
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