Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

My first weekend back in a bookshop I picked this book up off the shelf and had to get it. After weeks of binge-watching Riverdale, let's just say the title spoke to me!!! :)

The Blurb.

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 . . .

My Review.

As well as the title, I loved the fact that Cath was a writer and a twin!!! As a Twin I could understand how Cath felt when her sister Wren wanted to branch out - that's never been something that I've wanted with my twin. I wouldn't be able to deal with it so, I'm definitely Cath in that situation. I felt for her and hated that her and her sister didn't speak or hang out as much once university life kicked in. I know I've said it before but Lucy and I barely go 5 minutes without speaking to each other and we'd never let an argument last longer that maybe 10 minutes!!! Cath had a lot to learn and a lot to deal with, which she did in her own way. It wasn't easy at all but getting to know her, I was proud of her for the small victories. 

There were a lot of laugh out loud moments for me in 'Fangirl.' Levi made me laugh a lot with his cheeriness and I liked that he was smiley and happy, just to make other people smiley and happy. Then, even though I was upset with Wren for abandoning her sister, she did crack me up with certain lines about being a twin. Oh and the banter between Cath and her room-mate Reagan got me at times too. Amongst the more serious topics Rainbow covers, I found it a very entertaining read. 

One of the more serious topics would be anxiety, as Cath was a very anxious person. I do feel we need to be more open and honest and also less judgemental and more accommodating of people who suffer with things like this, because I feel like if we were, we'd realise that a lot of us experience the same or similar things and could help each other. So many people feel so alone with it or like people wouldn't understand when I don't believe that to be the case. For example, the first part of Cath arriving at university and everything she was overthinking or afraid of was practically me all through my teens and to some extent still is with certain things now. Things like not wanting to go to the dining room because she thought of things that couldn't be googled, like where she should line up or where she could sit etc. The lunch hall at school for me was a nightmare, walking into places now and not knowing the protocol is a nightmare, so I could totally relate.

I enjoyed that Cath was so passionate about her fanfiction and I loved when she read out loud to Levi and that he cared enough to listen. It made me want to sit and just read out loud, which I actually did to my husband around the firepit one night. :) 

I think I'll be going on for a while if I mention everything I liked about this book, because I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in Cath's world. From the university campus, to the fanfiction, to the sisters and all of the in-between, 'Fangirl' was a very fun read!

Happy Reading!

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