Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: September 10th, 2013

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Synopsis

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

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 Thoughts

Fangirl has been all the rage for the past year now, so I read it to see what all the fuss was about.

What I found really appealing about it was that the protagonist was very relatable to myself, because she, like me, is a fangirl.

Cath is off to college as a new freshman, and she likes to hole up in her dorm room and write fanfiction. The crazy thing about reading this story is that I felt like I was reading about myself in the future, fast forward a year and a half. I felt myself nodding along with her antisocial personality. Cath was actually living my dream: taking a creative writing class and being favored by the professor as being possibly the best writer there. She was also a serious inspiration for me to take up writing fanfiction again. This book just reminded me of the wonder of producing an entirely new storyline out of characters you love and have already enjoyed reading about.

Now, on to Levi, Cath’s love interest. I think that Levi has actually beat out Augustus Waters for me in being my favorite boy ever in a YA novel. He is everything I enjoy being around: outgoing, nice to everyone, charming, charismatic, and, to top it all off, a smiler. I was totally disagreeing with Cath when she was faulting him for being so nice at first. I loved it!

I feel like Cath and Levi’s relationship was the most real relationship I have actually read in a YA novel. It happened slowly, and not right off the bat. Levi just kind of grew on Cath, and their first kiss was literally the cutest thing I have ever read. I squealed out loud multiple times during the buildup to the kiss. The way Cath got to explore being in love with such a wonderful guy as Levi was heartwarming, and they had their very realistic ups and downs before they even got together.

If you’re looking for a relatable YA book with a very realistic romance, look no further: grab a copy of Fangirl right away!

5-stars

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Chandelier Music Video

Chandelier is a powerful song by Sia about struggling with addiction. It’s one of my favorite songs of all time and a must listen. The music video is brilliant. Watching it was a magical and ethereal experience. It perfectly depicts the emotion behind Sia’s singing in the erratic, energetic dancing of a young girl in a desolate apartment.

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I was completely blown away by the talent surging out from the body of such a little girl. imagesHer dancing was captivating, mesmerizing, entrancing.mgid uma image mtv.com 9235917 I was in total awe as she displayed such amazingly executed dance moves along with the song. sia-chandelier-official-video-2I felt like the girl was expressing herself to the music through her dancing as a purely aesthetic art form. music-video-screencap-for-sias-chandelierNow that is what I call DANCING. t_df837c89821f423283ef017e7fb35acfShe spoke the lyrics through her body and was utterly believable. timthumb.phpHer dancing was so on point.tumblr_n5ddvixqqx1ttcbr8o1_400 She is the best dancer I’ve ever watched, a real prodigy!098d11acae4ab0ef551b6ad1cbf79182

The girl, I discovered, is 11-year-old Maddie Ziegler from a reality TV show called Dance Moms. her

Her little sister, Mackenzie Ziegler, is also a dancer. sister

I wish both little stars all the very best in their wondrous careers.

If you want to see a riveting out pour of emotion, watch Sia’s chandelier music video.

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