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review 2017-02-26 22:08
Fangirl ★★★★☆
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

I enjoyed the story of Cath and her sister Wren, two young women in their freshman year of college who are trying to come to terms with growing into adulthood. Wren is launching herself into her idea of adulthood, with wild parties and brutal separation from her family. The unsociable Cath is warding off adulthood by clinging to the tokens of her childhood and responsibilities to her family, but is 

finally dragged into the bewildering world of adulthood by the friends and boyfriend she tried not to make and her father’s insistence that growing up means creating a life beyond the safety of immediate family.

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I liked that both characters grew over the course of the book, but still retained their essential selves. I liked that the consequences for recklessness didn’t have to include sexual assault as a plot device, as so commonly found in other books. I thought the “Simon Snow”/Harry Potter knockoff was funny, and having been a reader of HP fanfiction myself, I enjoyed the whole fanfic subplot as well, although I found it a little incredible that a popular author of fanfic would be naïve enough to turn in her fanfic in a college-level creative writing class, and to be hurt and surprised when her professor called it unoriginal and plagiarism.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Rebecca Lowman provides a terrific performance, with Maxwell Caulfield reading all the “Simon Snow” excerpts.

 

I read this for the 2017 Romance Bingo, for the New Adult square. I think it could fit these other squares:

Young Adult: I genuinely think this belongs in New Adult, but because the main characters are still in their teens, the “voice” is that of teens, and there’s no explicit sex, you could argue that it fits YA too.

Key to My Heart: She falls in love, almost against her will, and through this new relationship learns to open her heart to others.

Twins: Cath and her sister are identical twins, and there’s even a few scenes with college douche-bros doing the whole, “whoa, twins, my sexual fantasy” thing, and even better, some decent guys calling them on it.

Fairy Tale Retelling: A bit of a stretch, but I’d argue that the “Simon Snow” tale is a retelling of and AU Harry Potter, and Cath’s fanfic is a retelling of an AU Simon Snow.

Guy/Girl Next Door: Cath’s new boyfriend

is literally her roommate’s friend and a constant visitor in her room, and he definitely has that boy-next-door persona

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review 2017-02-23 02:20
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow (2014) Paperback - Rainbow Rowell

I'll start off by saying that this is not the kind of book I usually like to read. My favorite genres are fantasy, mysteries, science fiction, historic fiction and non-fiction. This is - I don't know. It's definitely YA. Drama? Maybe.

At the start of the book, the main character, Cath, is about to go away to college. Her twin sister, Wren, has told her she won't share a room with her. When Cath gets to the dorm, she meets a boy in her room. For a moment, she thinks he's her room mate. He isn't, but he starts hanging out there a lot, with Reagan, Cath's real room mate.

There were some things I could definitely relate to when it comes to Cath. She's into writing (fan fiction) and she has a sister. In the end, there are several things I don't quite understand so well, but all in all I really love this book. Reading about going to college brings back memories of when I was trying to study at the university. To be honest, at times, it made me feel terrible, but despite that, I mostly enjoyed the book. It's well written and the characters are interesting and engaging.

So... Do I recommend this book to other readers? Yes. If you read the blurb at the back of the book and it sounds like something you might like, I think you will enjoy it.

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review 2017-01-19 09:23
Fangirl - Rowell. Rainbow

This book speaks to me because I could relate to its main character so much. Not that I write fan fiction like Cath (How I wish), but because we have the same personality. I could also relate Wren (Cath’s twin sister) to my best friend because they have the same personality. My best friend and I were like a package deal too back in high school. If my best friend was invited in a party, people would automatically assume that I would go with her (well that was true). Many people told us we looked like twins despite her short hair and mine were long (again just like Cath and Wren). She’s sociable, me? Just enough. She’s aggressive, I’m passive. She’s an extrovert, I’m an introvert. When she wants something she’ll do everything to get it, I on the other hand, would observe first and analyze the situation, if it’s attainable I would plan something to get it. When we slept over each other’s house, we talked until the dawn about various things and we never ran out of things to talk about. Despite our differences we get along pretty well. Sometimes I wonder how we became best friends because we have opposite personalities. Okay enough about me. 

Now back about this book, Cath has a lot of things to deal with, her school, family, and relationship overwhelms her and writing Simon Snow fan fiction is her escape, she loves it and she’s very good at it. Since I could relate to Cath, getting annoyed with her means getting annoyed with myself too. Wren is the very opposite of Cath but I understand her because I have a best friend that reminds me so much of her but thankfully my best friend never tries to shun me. I like Reagan. She’s such an interesting side character and has an interesting personality too. Although I thought she would turn into a bitch (excuse my language) friend to Cath but no, I actually like how their friendship builds up from being roommates and how they are handling an awkward situation regarding their past/present relationship. I find Levi a very charming guy. He’s so nice with other people but he does something that I still can’t look past despite his efforts to make Cath forgive him. And Arthur, (Cath and Wren’s father) is such a loving father. I feel protective of him just like Cath does. He’s fragile but he’s trying his best not to make his daughters worry about him. He’s supportive to his daughters but when it’s time to take charge as a father he’ll lay his rules and stand his ground. 

Aside from Cath’s story, we’ll also get to experience Simon Snow’s (the book character Cath is obsessed with) story from Cath’s version. It’s just okay with me since they’re short and usually appear at the end of each chapter but I’m more interested in Cath’s story. 

Now thinking about it, I realize it ended nice, though I still wanted more from it. Nevertheless, this is such a nice read. I didn’t give it a perfect rating but I included it in my favorite books because it speaks to me and I really enjoyed reading it. 

 

 

Actual rating: 4.25/5 stars


#I never thought I would end up liking this, I didn’t even have any expectations about this book 

#I liked Rainbow’s writing style for this book, of course it’s not going to be my last read of her

#Okay… so a few reviews on GR expressed how much they hated Cath’s personality; well I couldn’t because hating Cath is hating myself too

 


“Everyone is different so deal with it and don’t judge.” Anonymous

 

   

 

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review 2016-11-14 04:56
DUALITY BY: J. KOWALLIS
Duality (The Enertia Trials Book 3) - J. Kowallis

 

 

  OHHMGEE!! I don't even know where to start with this. Duality WRECKED me. This story was brutal. Completely devastating. The Enertia Trials have never been sunshine and rainbows, by any means, but this book was especially savage. And I loved every page of it, even when it destroyed me.

 

 

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Duality picked up pretty much right where Encender left off. Our group of ragtag anti-heroes separated by wicked circumstance and fighting tooth and nail to get back to each other. The thing I really loved was that each person was going through so much externally and internally, it had kept me glued to the pages throughout the whole thing.

Reggie...oh gawd Reggie. My heart ached for her. Things were so dark for Reggie, but one thing that I felt never truly wavered, was her incredible strength and her deep seeded hope that the future could hold some light.

 

 

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You could really tell just how much has happened in the two previous books because it all hung like a weight around Nate's shoulders in this one. I could feel the burden he carried. Constantly keeping it together and relentlessly moving forward in pursuit of the only thing left that truly mattered to him, Reggie. While he's always been the cool-headed guy taking charge, you started to see the cracks in this tough exterior. The pressure seemed to be breaking through in waves. It ended up making him more of a wild card than we've previously seen. And it amped up the anxiety big time. I kept trying to prepare myself for him to completely lose his shit all together.

 

 

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Ransley...holy hell. I LOVE Ransley. She is the ultimate wild card, and I adore that about her. It's her unfathomable amount of passion that drives her and while it can definitely back fire (LITERALLY), it always comes from her heart. She isn't someone that gets close to people easily, but she is someone that would fight to the end of the Earth for you once you do break past the prickly exterior. As horrific as Reggie's struggles were, my heart freaking SHATTERED for Ransley. I just can't. I still can't even process what happened with her. I worry for her, I really do, maybe more than anyone else right now. I also have to say how absolutely PERFECT her ability is for her. This wild, ferocious, all consuming, and utterly beautiful thing. This girl is on fire!!!

 

 

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All I can say is thank goodness for Roy. I feel like he was a solid anchor through this tale. He really stepped up and tried to hold things together while all hell was breaking loose around him. He was the yin to Ransely's yang, there's no arguing that. Which ultimately left Ransley questioning their relationship even more. I also think Roy has one of the COOLEST abilities I have EVER heard of. I love the idea of corporeal fission...imagine how much you could accomplish with that ability?! All the books you could read!!!

 

 

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Okay, so besides the AMAZING line-up of characters, this story was a pulse-pounding, anxiety inducing, heart-breaking roller-coaster ride that you won't want to end. It is EVERYTHING I want in a dystopian book especially. It is vicious, ruthless and so utterly raw, it will scrape against your nerve endings and you'll keep wanting more. I can't recommend this series enough! Each new addition has topped the last, even when I thought there was no way that was even possible! Be forewarned though, this book will gut you. It will tear you apart and turn you into a bloodthirsty animal by the end. I can't wait to see what happens next, for so many reasons, but especially after that heart-wrenching ending!

 

 

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I also want to get personal and even more fan-girly for a quick moment. A million squees and thanks to J. Kowallis for so many things, the beautiful paperback copy of this book for review (which totally floored me to see my quote on the cover!), the super sweet shout out in the Acknowledgments, and more than anything, for being such a kind, cool, and totally bad-ass story teller that weaves these deliciously addictive tales that I can't get enough of! Thank you, a million times, thank you!

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-11-01 01:18
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

I was able to enjoy this book to some degree. I'm not a fan of Harry Potter and i don't agree with homosexuality, so the book lost points for those. Despite that, i really got into the book for just over half of it. I was able to relate to Cath and Fangirl made me want to read fanfiction, forgetting that the reason i don't is that most of it is terrible.

However, when Cath and Levi started dating, it just got weird. Don't get me wrong; I wanted them to be together. But Cath's behavior was just too awkward for me to want to read about after that development. And the ending is poor. It just kind of stops. I'd heard before that endings are Rowell's weakness.

 

*Review written on October 5, 2014.*

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