Review

Blogmas Day 9: Review Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell ****

This morning I went to a job interview and it was good, really good actually. It’s a temporary job as an Office Manager because their usual Office Manager is pregnant and will go on maternity leave soon. So I’m replacing her. Of course it would be nicer to have a place where I can stay, but it’s a very interesting firm and I’ll be able to learn a lot of new things so I think I should do it. After those three months, we’ll see.

It’s not final yet, they still have to introduce me to the CEO but it’s a step in the right direction and I’m happy to have something positive to look forward to.

A couple of days ago, I finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. So I thought I’d review it.

Fangirl

This book must have been the most hyped book of the last two years. It’s been EVERYWHERE!!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then here is what the story is about.

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 would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

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.

As I said, soooo many people in the booktube and bookblogging community have been talking about this book, so when I saw it at the Antwerp Bookfair, I decided to give it a go.. see what all the fuss was about.

I have to admit, I really liked this book. I think it’s the kind of book where everyone who reads it will find a piece of him/herself in the story. The characters are very easy to relate to. Whether you’re like Cath, locked away in her room, writing fanfiction, living in a fantasy world in you mind (I’ve been there.. I still wish I could go to Hogwarts) or you’re Wren, very social, pretty and ready to stand on your own two feet, ready to be an adult.

There were a couple of scenes where things happened that actually happened to me too. To give you an example, I haven’t talked to my father in.. four years I think and I’m not planning on talking to him any time soon. He’s just not a part of our family anymore.

The characters are well played out, but it’s all a bit black and white.. everybody dislikes the same people. That’s why I didn’t give it five stars, I’d lacked a bit of dept. I’m not saying that there’s no dept whatsoever because there’s a lot of background to Cath but I guess I just wanted.. more.

I liked the Simon and Baz bits in between, not at first but as the story went on I started to like them until it got to a point where I was happy to read more. It’s obvious that it’s based on Harry Potter and I like that. Although Harry and Draco wouldn’t be my OTP 😉 I’m Dramione all the way (and I will go down with this ship!!). (Also, J.K. Rowling is writing about Draco Malfoy in December! There will be 12 new short stories on the Pottermore website. I’m so exited!!!!!!!!!!!)

*takes a deep breath*

Okay, so, Fangirl..
It’s pretty much an Ode to fandoms. An “It’s okay to write your own stories after a book or movie is finished”. An “It’s okay to want more for the characters you like”. And I think it’s amazing that an author wrote a book about it. Because, come on, be honest, who hasn’t read fanfiction before? Besides my husband..
I have spend DAYS reading fanfiction, there are some really talented people out there. Yes, they also made me cry sometimes.

Overall, I really, really liked it, but it wasn’t WOW or OMG or AAAAAAAHH. It was a good book and I’ll recommend it to people who are younger then me. Because I just had the feeling that I was too old to really feel the way the characters felt. Maybe that was why it didn’t blow me away.. I’ve been out of the university scene for a while now. I’m married, we bought a house, we have a daughter.. My life is nothing like those of the people in the book. I’ve been there though and I have great memories of that time but it’s just.. just..

Have your read this book?
Are you one of the 99.9% who absolutely frigging loved it? 🙂

Let me know!

 

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Ellen

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