Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Review of Fangirl

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell

Blurb:

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?

My Review:

It took me quite a while to read this book, I'm not really sure why, it just did. This book follows Cath and her twin Wren as they set off for their first year at Nebraska University. Wren is very outgoing and is ready to live a party lifestyle whilst Cath is reserved and is not ready to leave the world of Simon Snow (a place that Cath has become incredibly accustomed to). 

Cath has to deal with everything that completely terrifies her on her own. Apart from going to classes, she camps out in her room, living on protein bars. However, she pairs up with Nick to work on assignments which makes Cath begin to come out of her shell, slightly. 

However, things are still tough for Cath, her dad's illness spirals out of control, her mother starts to interfere and Wren embraces the party lifestyle too much. Along with stuggling to figure out if Levi likes her, after an awkward incidence, Cath just wants to escape into fanfiction and never come back. 

I really liked Cath as a character, she was incredibly relatable and down to earth. She sufferes from social anxiety and isn't the most confident of people, things weren't always rosy for her which is very typical for other teen fictions. It was refreshing and made the book more true to life. 

Levi. generally speaking, I liked. I did find he could come across slightly too sickly sweet for my liking. Well, it was the name. 'sweetheart'. It just makes me cringe; that was the only aspect of him I didn't like. Again, he was very real and true to life. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It's a very real story that I think many people would relate to.

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Friday, 20 February 2015

FF (25)

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Do you like fantasy or realistic books? - Suggested by The Realm of Books

I like a bit of oboth to be honest; variety is the spice of life. Generally I'm not that fussy but I do prefer realistic overall. That's not to say I don't like/don't read fantasy as I do love them, but generally, for me, realistic has that slight edge. Not really sure why.

Do you prefer fantasy or realistic books?



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Friday, 13 February 2015

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Do you use the # FF on twitter on Fridays? If you do, are you afraid you’ll forget someone and they’ll be sad? - Suggested byUnconventional Book Views
I used to do #FF on twitter when I first joined but now I don't. I feel like the trend has passed and had its time. I don't really see it on my twitter feed any more and I always forget about it anyway. 

Do you do #FF?
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Friday, 6 February 2015

FF (23)

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Do you read more than 1 book at a time, and if so, how, like a certain amount of pages per book before moving on to the next one in the queue? - Suggested by Words I Write Crazy

I used to be able to read about 3 or 4 books in one ago. I'd read x amount of pages whenever, it just depended on what I fancied reading. Now I've become older I have to read one book at a time otherwise I can't seem to get into a book or I forget what happened in which book etc. However, now that I only read 1 book at a time it does take me slightly longer to read things. Plus as GCSE's are incredibly busy it takes me even longer to read books now!

Do you read more than 1 book at a time? 
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