FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL | a book review

(Danish version below // dansk vesion nedenunder)

Skærmbillede 2016-08-05 kl. 10.20.37

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, 2013

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Rating: 3/5 stjerner

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A big thanks to the danish publishing company Gyldendal for sending me the danish edition of Fangirl!

Summary

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… 

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate 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.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? (source)

REVIEW

This was a pretty fun and quick read. There were a lot of things I liked about this book (aka Levi!!) but I did find it too slow and the protagonist, Cath, annoyed me more and more as the story progressed. 

Cath is a really nice girl. I quickly began to care a lot about her, but that didn’t stop me from getting annoyed by her a lot. Cath is a very introvert girl, she doesn’t like to talk with new people and she lives the majority of her life online, where she writes fanfiction. I think it is really important to have books where the protagonists aren’t fearless and outgoing persons, but also have girls like Cath represented in literature. Cath’s introversion was, however, the main reason that made me give this book fewer stars. The premise of the book is that the reader relates her. I have heard many people who has done that perfectly, but I didn’t. Cath was to extreme for me to really relate to her problems.

This book is mainly about Cath’s development. I really enjoyed seeing her developing, but I found that it happened too slowly. It might be very realistic, things like that happen slow but it didn’t work for me. Her missing confidence and all her insecurities became really tiresome to hear about in the long run. I feel kind of bad for saying that, because I find it important to show these things in books but it just became too much.

Then we have Levi. Levi is really sweet and is interested in Cath from the start. He is definitely what made me enjoy this book so much despite my problems with Cath. I love how much focus there is on his smile and good mood. He is kind, funny and really patient with Cath, even when she acts a little dumb.

This books also deals a lot with being a fangirl (hence the title). Cath loves Simon Snow (can be compared to our world’s Harry Potter) and she writes fanfiction. I really liked to hear about all her thoughts and plans with her Simon Snow story, and I really did relate to her inner fangirl. It however really annoyed me when the story got interrupted by some pages about Simon Snow. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I really liked the story. Simon and Baz’s relationsship was so fun to watch and it has left me really interested to read Carry On (Cath’s story on Simon Snow). What annoyed me was to get it mixed with Cath’s story, it felt like getting out on a sidetrack when I just really wanted to hear about what happened to Cath and Levi.

Family also played a really big role in this story,  in a nice way. Cath cared so much about her dad which I loved to watch. The problems between Cath and her twin sister Wren were also interesting to see develop. Weirdly enough I often found myself relating to Wren, even though it probably wasn’t the intention and she was pretty annoying

Their mother, who ran away from the girls when they were smaller, also shows up in the story. I had expected there to happen a little bit more there, but I was actually really satisfied with how it ended.

The last thing I want to talk about is the ending. I won’t spoil it, but you will get an insight in how the story ends, so if you don’t want to know anything about that, jump down to the bold font below.

I am never fully satisfied when I finish one of Rainbow Rowell’s books. They end too sudden, and it feels like Rainbow just wasn’t in the mood to write the last chapter so she just finishes a little quickly.

Cath’s writing project, which there is a lot of focus on during the book, completely disappears. Yes, you do see that little text at the end but I don’t think it ends it properly. I would have liked to see one last conversation between Cath and her teacher or something like that.

In addition to that did the book end with fanfiction, which I didn’t like either. I would have preferred to end with a cute moment between Levi and Cath. It took some took some time for me to realized it was over. It was all just too sudden.

All in all I did really like this book, and I am happy that I have read it, but I do prefer the other things I have read by Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park, Attachments, Kindred Spirits). The premise of this book sounded very intriguing to me, but I didn’t like the actual book as much as I had expected to. If you can see yourself in the way I described Cath, I would definitely recommend you this book! If you fully relate to Cath, I am sure that you will enjoy this book a lot more than I did.

That was all for now! Have you guys read it, what did you think? I’d love to know!

xoxo,

Fiona

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Danish version

Skærmbillede 2016-08-05 kl. 10.47.43

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Forlægger: Gyldendal, 2016

Oversat af Betty Frank Simonsen

Genre: Realisme, romantik, ungdom

Vurdering: 3/5 stjerner

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Resumé

Cath er Simon Snow-fan – kæmpe Simon Snow-fan! Hun og hendes søster Wren levede og åndede for Simon Snow-serien, da de var børn. De læste og læste og læste. De skrev Simon Snow-fanfiction. De klædte sig ud som karaktererne til filmpremiererne.

Det er Caths søster vokset fra nu. Men det er Cath ikke – hun VIL ikke vokse fra det.

De to søstre skal på college, og Wren har meddelt Cath, at hun ikke gider dele værelse med hende. Så Cath står alene – helt uden for sin comfort-zone. Hun har en sur roommate med en sød kæreste, som hele tiden er i nærheden. Hun har en lækker klassekammerat, som kun gider tale om tekster. Og hun kan ikke lade være med at bekymre sig om sin far, som aldrig før har været alene.

Så spørgsmålet er: Kan Cath klare livet på college uden sin søster ved hånden? Er hun klar til at starte et liv på egen hånd? Og har hun overhovedet lyst til at starte et nyt liv – uden Simon Snow? (kilde)

ANMELDELSE

Denne bog var en hurtigt og sjov bog. Der var en masse ting jeg godt kunne lide ved bogen (specialt Levi!!), men jeg fandt tempoet i bogen lidt for langsomt til min smag, og hovedpersonen Cath irriterede mig i længden.

Cath var en virkelig sød person. Jeg kom hurtigt til at holde meget af hende, men det forhindrede mig ikke i at hun irriterede mig grænseløst. Cath er en meget indelukket person, hun føler sig utryg, hvis hun skal tale med nye mennesker, og hun lever størstedelen af sit liv på internettet, hvor hun skriver fanfiktion. Jeg synes det er vigtigt at have bøger, hvor hovedpersonerne ikke er nogle frygtløse og udadvendte personer, men har personer som Cath repræsenteret. I denne bog, var det dog Cath’s indelukkethed, der hovedsaligt gjorde at jeg gav bogen færre stjerner. Denne her bog bygger meget på at man skal relaterer til Cath 100%. Jeg har hørt mange der har gjordt dette – det gjorde jeg ikke. Cath var alt for ekstrem til at jeg kunne virkelig leve mig ind i hendes problemer.

Denne bog handlede hovedsaligt om Cath’s udvikling. Jeg nød at se hende udvikle sig, men det skete i et virkelig langsomt tempo. Det er måske meget realistisk, men det gjorde det for langtrukkent til min smag. Hendes manglende selvtillid og alle hendes usikkerheder blev  trættende at høre om i længden. Jeg har det næsten dårligt med at sige sådan, for jeg synes det er virkelig vigtigt at fremstille sådanne ting i bøger, men det blev for meget.

Så har vi Levi. Levi virkelig sød, og intereseret i Cath lige fra starten. Han er helt klart det store lyspunkt for mig i denne bog! Jeg elsker, hvor meget vægt der bliver lagt på hans smil og humør. Han er venlig, sjov og virkelig tålmodig med Cath, selv når hun opfører sig lidt åndssvagt.

Denne bogs omtale kører meget på hele fangirl aspektet af den. Cath er virkelig optaget af Simon Snow serien og skriver fanfiktion. Jeg kunne godt lide at høre om hendes tanker og planer med Simon Snow serien, og jeg kunne virkelig relatere til hendes indre fangirl. Det irriterede mig dog når selve historien blev afbrudt af nogle sider om Simon Snow. Misforstå mig nu ikke, jeg kunne godt lide historien. Jeg elskede Simon og Baz’s relation og jeg er virkelig interesseret i at læse Carry On (hele Cath’s historie om Simon Snow). Det der irriterede mig var at få den mixet med Cath’s historie, det føltes som at komme ud på et sidespor, når jeg egentligt bare ville høre om, hvad der skete med Cath og Levi.

Familie spillede en virkelig stor rolle i denne bog på en virkelig god måde. Cath bekymrede sig så meget om sin far, hvilket jeg virkelig nød at se. Problematikken mellem Cath og tvillingesøsteren Wren, var også interessant at se udvikle sig. Underligt nok relaterede jeg ofte til Wren, selvom jeg ikke tror det var hensigten, og hun ofte var meget irriterende.
Deres mor, som stak af fra dem da pigerne var mindre, dukker også op i historien. Jeg havde forventet at der ville ske lidt mere på det punkt, men jeg er meget tilfreds med, hvordan det sluttede.

Det sidste jeg hurtigt vil snakke om er slutningen. Jeg spoiler ikke noget, men du kommer til at få et indblik i, hvordan den slutter, så hvis du ikke vil vide noget om det, så spring ned til den fede skrift.

Jeg er aldrig helt tilfreds når jeg slutter en Rainbow Rowell bog. De stopper for pludseligt, og det føles som om Rainbow ikke lige orkede at skrive det sidste kapitel så bare lige sluttede lidt hurtigt.

Cath’s skriveprojekt, som der bliver sat så meget fokus på igennem bogen forsvinder lidt ud af vinduet. Ja, man ser en tekst til sidst, men det bliver aldrig afrundet rigtigt. Jeg ville gerne have set en sidste samtale mellem hende og læreren eller andet i den stil.

Derudover sluttede bogen med fanfiktion, hvilket jeg heller ikke var glad ved. Jeg ville hellere have sluttet den med et øjeblik mellem Levi og Cath, hvor de var søde sammen. Der gik et stykke tid før at det gik op for mig at den var slut. Det skete bare for pludseligt.

Alt i alt kunne jeg godt lide denne bog, jeg er glad for at jeg har læst den, men jeg foretrækker de andre ting jeg har læst af Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor og Park, Attachments, Kindred Spirits). Ideen om denne bog lød virkelig spændende, men jeg fandt ikke udførelsen af det lige så god som forventet. Hvis du kan se dig selv i den måde jeg beskrev Cath på, vil jeg helt klart anbefale den til dig! Hvis man fuldt ud kan relaterer til Cath, vil man få meget mere ud af denne bog, end jeg gjorde.

Det var alt for nu! Har I læst den, hvad var jeres tanker?

xoxo,

Fiona

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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate 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.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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14 thoughts on “FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL | a book review

  1. Janne Bjørgan says:

    I adore Fangirl, and I think I do so because I related a lot to Cath. I’m not living my entire life online, but sometimes I really have to force myself into new social situations. So you can say I have a lot of the same thoughts as her.

    Given that, I really understand why this book didn’t appeal to you. I too get really annoyed when there’s very little I like or can relate to about the main character, especially when it’s only written from their point of view. We read to make sense of the world around us, to understand our selves and others – and if the book doesen’t fit with our view on life and things like that, it just gets boring and weird.

    But Levi, ah he’s so cute! Kind of miss him!

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  2. Laura @readinglust says:

    I have similar feelings towards this book, or Rainbow Rowell’s work in general. I enjoy the books, but somehow, do not see them as that spectacular. I guess it is hard to relate to this one when you do not really read or write fan-fiction. I do agree on the ending being a bit rushed, there was so much time dedicated to character’s personal growth, and the ending felt like brushing it under the rug.

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  3. Julia Freitas says:

    This is a great review, it made me think a lot about others people’s opinion on this book. I have to say that I loved it, it’s one of my favourite books so far and I’m really glad that it is. But I also understand that you didn’t like it as much, and somehow I relate a little to you when you didn’t like as much that the fanfic was in between chapters. I didn’t like it either.
    But now, I completely recommend you Carry On, I read it this last month and I completely loved it! It’s a super fun read and I feel like you may like it, enjoy!

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