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Thursday, 9 July 2015

(BRONAGH'S GUEST POST) Review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Hello Everyone!
I'm Bronagh from Bronagh's Beauty and Books over at - ! Today I doing a small little book review for the lovely Sophia!

Today I'm going to be talking to you all about my new favourite book - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Who's name I adore).

I recently finished this book, and I must say its now firmly in my top 10 favourite books!
Fangirl is firmly placed in Young Adult Literature and I would say it may even verge into a young adult romance novel.
You can check it out for yourself here on Goodreads. (

This book features around Cath, who is one half of a twinship. She and her twin Wren, are moving off to college/university and going down two completely different paths, Wren is out meeting boys, drinking, and pretty much just being as social as she can during her time at college. Whereas Cath is the complete opposite. She likes to stay in and write fanfiction.

I'm sure you are all familiar with what Fan fiction is, but for anyone who isn't - Fan Fiction is re-writing a story already published. There are hundreds of people who write fanfiction out there, and many more who read it (myself included). In the book, Cath writes fan fiction about a book series featuring Simon Snow by Gemma T. Leslie, which is a pen name for Rainbow Rowell wrote. She used to write this with Wren until recently, and now she writes it on her own.

This book starts with both of the girls moving into their dorms at the university.
The book is set in Cath's point of view, so everything is said and done by Cath. 

At the start, you can already see the major differences between the girls; Wren has spent the summer getting to know her room mate, whereas Cath would rather be housed alone.

When Cath gets to her room, we get the first glimpse at two other pretty awesome characters in this book, Regan, her room mate and Levi.

Over time both of these characters build in importance, but at first, they seem to be shrugged off due to Cath's lack of interest in them. After she's moved all of her stuff in, she goes out to eat with her dad, and then says good bye to him before he leaves.

The first part of the book, really revolves around Cath's adaptation to college life. Having to fend for herself finding out where she can eat, getting to her classes and of course, forming those close friendships you can only make at College. The only problem? Cath doesn't want to make friends, socialise or find the canteen. She had brought along a heft supply of protein bars and peanut butter to do her for as long as possible so she wouldn't have to face the canteen, she also avoided socialising in class.

She does eventually befriend a boy named Nick in her Entry to creative writing class. At the front og the book, we have a few illustrations of the characters, and he is listed there, which hints that he may become very important in the story. Also in this image are; Regan, Cath, Wren, Levi and Courtney.

All of the characters pictured are all very central to this story.
Cather (Cath) is the protagonist and the main character of the story.
Levi is the main love interest in the story, which has some awesome twists
Regan is Cath's roommate, who starts off as a bit of an ass, but you grow to love her
Nick is who I originally thought would be the love interest as he and Cath grew close, but he just turns out to be a pretty awesome friend!
Courtney is Wrens roommate. She pops up in most scenes that involve Wren.
Wren is Cath's twin sister, so she is very central to the story.

Throughout the book there are a lot of ups and downs, and things that make you feel a whole lot of feelings.

If you enjoy YA Books with a little bit of romance sprinkled in alongside a coming of age story, then this is the book for you!

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