Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rating: 4.5/5

I liked pretty much everything about this book except for one specific thing.

Book CWs

  • Parent Abandonment
  • Cheating
  • Exploitation
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders

Note: If you’re looking to read Carry On, I suggest reading that first as Fangirl has spoilers for it throughout the book.


Cath and her twin sister Wren have been Simon Snow fans for basically their entire lives. Together they’ve written tons of fan fiction online and gained a surprisingly large amount of fans.

But when the two of them start college, Cath suddenly finds herself abandoned by Wren. Not only does Wren not want to be Cath’s roommate, she also seems to want as little to do with Cath as possible.

Now alone, Cath finds herself struggling to keep up with her studies while trying to finish her last fan fiction piece, Carry On. Add that to the fact that her roommate is a extreme grump whose boyfriend is always around, her dad is home alone for the first time and has stopped eating real food, and her new fiction writing professor has labeled fan fiction as straight up plagiarism.

With no one to turn to for help, can Cath make it on her own?

Review (No Spoilers)

This book. My god, this book.

The characters in this book were amazingly written. I fell so hard for Cath and her problems as she was basically the written version of myself (minus the fan fiction). I loved her with all of my heart.

The side characters were just as good. I have read countless stories where characters do sucky things and are never really forced to reflect on their actions. But with this book I was very satisfied with the way every arc was nicely tied up. Relationships that I thought should have mended were mended while toxic relationships were effectively cut off. I watched as each individual character grew from what they did (or didn’t do) and it was wonderful.

The romance in this book was like top shelf for me. Trust me when I say that I was living for it. And having read Carry On prior to read this, I actually enjoyed the Simon excerpts a lot. I wish it were an actual book series so that I could read it in its entirety (yeah yeah I know Harry Potter exists).

At this point you’re probably wondering what the one thing I didn’t like was. Unfortunately, it’s a spoiler (sorry!). I will say that involved making a character do something that in my opinion was completely not in line with who that character was at all in order to create conflict. And since that character happened to be my favorite character at the time, I was pissed. My partner read this book before I did and actually warned me before I got to the part where it happens because he knew it would be upsetting. Needless to say, I was still upset.

If I could, I would just scratch out that part of the book and pretend it never happened. I actually might.

The was really the only low part of me reading this book. Everything else was basically as perfect as could be. I mean, aside from the fact that the MCs legal name is Cather and who tf names their child Cather? The name Cath would have literally been just as acceptable for all intents and purposes.