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review 2017-10-14 11:01
#67 - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow (2014) Paperback - Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is one of the first book I heard about when I started watching Booktube videos back in the day, but it took me a lifetime to decide to purchase it and read it. I finally found the motivation to read this and I kind of liked it. But I was not such a fan; I thought I would like it way more than that. Maybe I should have read it when I started university 5 years ago, it would have made me feel closer to Cath I guess. Reading it today made me feel so far away from these characters, which is weird because I read a lot of YA contemporary and never have this feeling.

 

I love the idea of Cath and her sister Wren. I have a bigger sister and we have never been really close. I mean, we like spending time with each other etc. but we never talk about our problems. Reading about Cath and Wren was weird for me, I’m not used to such strong sister relationships and it was cool to see how they interacted with each other.

 

The romance was so realistic, I totally adore it. It shows how difficult it can be when you are kind of shy and “socially awkward”; it was not the perfect romance you find in most books. It felt so real. Cath is really nerdy and Levi is kind of insecure even if it does not show. I love how their relationship develops throughout the book.

 

I think the thing I like the least about this book (and I guess many people will disagree because it is kind of the point of this book) was all the little stories about Simon Snow. I love the whole concept of Cath being a real fan and needing this fictional world to escape the real one, but I did not really care reading about Baz and Simon, it was not a pleasant experience for me. I guess I will not read Carry On, but I understand why everybody is so excited about it and I think it was a great idea to write it. But it just did not work for me.

 

This book was a really interesting about leaving your comfort zone, meeting new people and struggling with life in general. I really wish I had read this book sooner, I think it would have make a big different in my rating.

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review 2015-10-14 13:42
Quick review of Fangirl
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl
by: Rainbow Rowell

 

 A book by bestselling author of a novel  ’’Eleanora and Park’’. This book tells a story about a young gitl called Cather, an ousider, loner, and most importantly a book lover.

Fangirl follows an 18-year-old introvert at her first year of university. It’s a lovely, emotional and a very relatable story. I love everything about it, the characters are develpoed in a proper way and the plot is well-writen. My favorite part in the novel is her relationship with Levi and the way she cares for her family. Levi is a young man she meets on her first day. Their relationship blooms into such a beautiful flower, and I think I never fell in love with any character like I did with Levi.

I would recommend this book to everyone, it doesn’t matter if you are a boy or a girl, if you are 14 or 46... This book will make you smile, and cry and it will make you feel butterflies in your stomach.

 

Review by: I.S. / The nerd from the back of the classroom

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I'll probably do a full review once I'm finished with studying. But I'm sick so that just might be the reason of me having some spare time, so I'll see what can I do about that. This book is amazing and I read it 3 times by now and it's totally worth it. 

By the way, my friend and I just published a book on Wattpad so you can go and check that out if you want. It's called "The Sister Chronicles: Book 1" and here is the link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/37388803-the-sister-chronicles-book-1

 

 

Stay cool x The nerd from the back of the classroom

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review 2014-07-15 01:37
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Series: Stand-alone

 

Told in: Third person by two protagonists

 

Genre: YA contemporary

 

Thoughts:

“Don’t bite his face, Eleanor told herself. It’s disturbing and needy and never happens in situation comedies or movies that end with big kisses.”

 

Swoon. Swoon. Swoon. This book was amazing. Eleanor & Park centers around two misfits trying to get through high school in the year 1986 but gradually fall in love. It all begins when new girl, Eleanor, steps onto the school bus and takes a sit next to Park. This isn’t instant love; disgust, anger, and judgment hinder communication and attraction. It isn’t until a comic book is brought onto the bus that things start to turn. Comic book reading, music listening, and finally small talking takes the two to another world and brings them closer. Park and Eleanor would rather think about each other, but at times their home life tears them apart. It’s clear from the beginning that both protagonists are imperfect but together they are perfection. Eleanor and Park are so real. The emotions they convey become your emotions. You love them as characters, but you love them more when they’re together. This is no ordinary romance; it will have you smiling stupidly, crying uncontrollably, and more than anything warming your heart.  I haven’t read a book that was so realistic, so lovable, and so heartbreaking, all at the same time.

 

Recommend to: Everyone

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review 2014-01-25 06:03
Eleanor and Park Review
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

I did not enjoy it as I thought I would. I got my hopes up form the rave from other readers that I must have heightened my expectations.


Great prologue, I was immediately taken with the prologue. And as my friend and I were looking for TFIOS somewhat reads(we're kinda masochists), I thought this might just be it. But when I began reading it becomes clear that the two are very much on different poles of drama.

This is the kind of book that you need a lot of imagination to give color to it. If you fail to have imagination or just half of it then you may not appreciate this book upon reading. It requires and is very dependent on how you think out of the box as it is very vague on what is happening.

The ending is also open ended and if you like a concrete happy ending you may want to hurl the book across the room(if you have violent tendencies).

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