Book Review: Fangirl

“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.”

I’m rocketing through my reading list this year, in part because I am being extra diligent about reading when and where I can, and also because I’m trying to read more young adult books, and I naturally flip through these quicker than any standard tome. After reading Carry On recently, I absolutely had to pick up Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and I adored it almost as much.

Fangirl is a new adult novel about a girl starting university (or college, whatever). She’s a total nerd, obsessed with a fictional series based on Harry Potter called Simon Snow. My initial thoughts were that although Fangirl started with your typical shy, awkward protagonist with no friends and no love prospects, it diverged from that totally stereotypical storyline. It dealt with issues of mental illness, and it even completed lampshaded the manic pixie dream girl trope, which I thought was lovely. The love interest wasn’t your typical hot, popular guy, and it was refreshing how much of a good guy he was.

There were a few things that weren’t super resolved, but I still got a nice happy mushy feeling at the end of this book. Mostly, though, I just loved it for how much I related to a character who was obsessed with Harry Potter (oh, okay, Simon Snow), fanfiction, and writing. And so I gave it a nice big 5 stars.


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