Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl : ★★★★

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”
Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

Have you ever wondered if there was anybody like you, sitting in a room, in front of a book, obsessing over some characters so much that you wish you could write a different story about them ? That’s the magic of fanfictions, that’s the magic of imagination. Fangirl is all about that: questioning the authenticity of fanfiction. I think we all need to sit down and realize how the world has changed, how information and stories are becoming more and more accessible, how there are different ways to express our creativity and how in all art, there’s an inspiration somewhere. You have to start somewhere. That’s why I am completely open about fanfiction being a genre and I strongly encourage it.

“Just... isn't giving up allowed sometimes? 
 Isn't it okay to say, 
‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying?’”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.” 
Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

Okay, back to the story! In sum, Fangirl is about Cath, an awkward teenager who has to survive college without her twin for the first time in her life. Rainbow Rowell triumphs in making her character really likable and relatable.  She likes to stay in her bubble, write and read. Here’s an introvert’s journey with all the challenges and benefices : from discovering love, trying to fit in while continuing to write her stories as well. Not for one second, never has she ever stopped being herself ! YES. Probably the most beautiful part in this novel ! So people, always stay true to yourself.

I found this book really enjoyable because for the first time, it addresses the fandom reality. We are constantly bombarded with news about a celebrity being pregnant or caught in some naughty drama, but what about the fans side of it ? Rainbow Rowell made it our cause, our perspective. The book truly sympathized those who give so much of their lives to it and is dedicated to the flourishing culture of fandom. Let’s be real, without us (the fans) there are no goals for the celebrities.

Strongly recommended for a comforting read! Click here to purchase the book ❤

That aside, I want to give a big thank you to Lashaan, my lovely boyfriend for writing posts during my absence, he did an amazing job at keeping the blog active 🙂 It was my birthday yesterday and for that occasion, I got the chance to go to a trip to Toronto these past few days to see Big Bang ( k-pop band, thumbs up if you know who they are! ) and when I just came back from it, there were midterms waiting for me, so I’ve been pretty busy. Thank you so much for sticking around , love you all ! ❤ ❤

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. mjeestrella says:

    Well, this is relatable. I love reading fanfiction. 🙂 I need to read this book asap. Thanks for the review!

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    1. transhaan says:

      Ouhh if you love fanfiction this is perfect for you !!:D A light read too. Thank you so much and let me know what you think about it when you finish it !:) -Trang

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  2. I agree! 😊 This is the first time an author wrote about a fan. Hahaha 😁

    Cath is somehow relatable, I agree, but the fact that until the end, she did not grow and reach out in her college community somehow bugs me. 😧 But all in all, this bokk is one good read and thank you for your review. 😁

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    1. transhaan says:

      LOL about the not reach out in her college community that is very true 😂. But I love the fact that she still gets to submit her work and get recognition for it in the end 🙌 Makes me wanna start some writing works too😏 Thank you for reading my review and share your thoughts always a pleasure 💕🙆-Trang

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  3. Ashley W says:

    I love love love love love this book so much. It was so good and I love that it explores the world of fandoms/fanfiction. Great review!

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    1. transhaan says:

      YASS thank you 🙂 !! It is one of a kind story 😏 Did you read other books from Rainbow Rowell? -Trang

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      1. Ashley W says:

        I am on/off listening to Eleanor & Park and really loving it. I also plan on picking up Carry On this weekend.

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        1. transhaan says:

          Ouhh nice looking forward to that review of Eleanor and Park 😉 We might discuss about it. And YESS heard about Carry On I want to get it too maybe we can buddy read it 😏

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  4. BooksatDawn says:

    I have yet to read Fangirl but I’ve heard really good things about it.

    You were at the Big Bang concert in Toronto?? Me too!
    Wasn’t it amazing? One of the best concerts I have ever been to.

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    1. transhaan says:

      Yess you should give it a go if you want a fun,light read with a touch of romance in an awkward girls life hahah 🙂 AND YESSS FOR BIG BANG !! Can’t believe you were too its so awesome haha 😄 What was your favourite performance? -Trang

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      1. BooksatDawn says:

        There was so many great ones! Bang Bang Bang, If You, Eyes Nose Lips, Bae Bae, Strong Baby and so many more ❤
        And I love how they didn't want to leave and kept playing songs. Even the ones they already sang 😛

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        1. transhaan says:

          Yesss Bang Bang Bang was such a nice intro omg didn’t expect the firework effect😍 Haru Haru was a great surprise too ! Taeyang killed those vocals in his solo ahahha 🌟🙌

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          1. BooksatDawn says:

            Taeyang always kills his solos 😉
            And boy does Seungri have a potty mouth. He swears a lot 😛

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            1. transhaan says:

              HAH I Know ! ” I’m shit you guys are amazing okay?! ” That killed me hahaha they were so adorable too! With Daesung and his bang covering his eyes LMAO. I ended up rewatching all the videos recording on my phone after the concert ❤ Couldn't have enough

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              1. BooksatDawn says:

                Yeah Daesung is a goof ball. “I can’t see you. DO you want to see me?”HAHA

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  5. I thoroughly enjoyed Fangirl…and a couple of other books by the author. Thanks for visiting my blog….and I am a follower here, now.

    I love the idea of Books as an “antidote.”

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    1. transhaan says:

      Ouhh! I have yet to read other books from her 🙂 What was your favourite in all of them? Thank you very much for the follow and checking out our blog ! ❤ – Trang

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  6. Hey! Thank you for your lovely comment, and thank you for leading to this review! Fangirl is definitely one of the few teen romance novels that feels completely genuine. The fanfiction integrated with the story really plays a huge role in that. 🙂

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    1. transhaan says:

      Not a problem at all and thank you for checking us out ahha 😀 ! Indeed, I wish that more books will adress these kind of new issues nowadays and integrate it in a YA tone 🙂 ❤ Do you intend to read more Rainbow Rowell's books?

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