Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell - Review

Monday, 7 July 2014

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life.

Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate 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.

Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible.

This is another book with a lot of internet hype surrounding it, to many it is a very relatable story in as much as it is about a girl who spends her life on the internet, but is it really worth all the hype?

It was a very quick and easy read, the story, as I said, was relatable to my generation and probably most of the teenage generation. I really grew to like the main characters, maybe not the twin sister Wren. As a whole, I enjoyed the book, I just feel like all the hype let it down slightly as I was expecting some big epic story that completely "got" the YA generation and its obsession with the internet.

I don't think the book was bad, by far. I actually enjoyed it and would probably recommend it to anyone, like me, who reads blogs/watches vlogs/spends their life on tumblr. Just don't read into all the hype.

Abi xo

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