Standalone Sunday | Fangirl


Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @ bookslayerReads that spotlights a standalone novel that you loved and would recommend. Be sure to check out her blog and original post by clicking on the above link! 😊

16068905From 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?

– Goodreads Synopsis (x)

Fangirl is a book I love so much that I have a hard time conveying why in words. This is definitely one of those times where I wish all I had to say is I love this book, read it but that wouldn’t be enough.

This book is one of those books where I automatically connected with the story and the characters, namely the main character. Cath is someone who struggles with change and social anxiety. She would much rather stick with what makes her comfortable, which is her twin sister, their love for Simon Snow, and her fanfiction. So, when she experiences the biggest change of her life, moving away to college, on top of her twin sister’s decision to not room with her it forces her to expand her world in a way she never anticipated.

At its core this book is about learning that change isn’t as scary as it seems and that even though thing’s do change in our lives it doesn’t mean we need to give up the thing’s we’ve always loved. In Cath’s case that happens to be her love for Simon Snow and writing fanfiction. Fangirl also explores a complex family dynamic that isn’t perfect but is beautiful in all of its flaws. I loved Cath’s relationship with her father and her relationship with her sister and how both grew and changed throughout the book. The character development was on point in this book. Also, beyond all of that, there is a fantastic friendship and a very adorable romance. Levi and Cath are still and will always be one of my top ships, they are so cute! Plus, it also brought back all of my memories from my fanfiction writing days. I loved it.

So, if you love any of the above things I mentioned in a good contemporary then I highly recommend this book! 

“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 read Fangirl? Did you like it? If you participate in Standalone Sunday be sure to link me to your post so I can see it. 😊





49 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday | Fangirl

  1. This is a great pick for this week’s Standalone Sunday Melissa. Fangirl is one of my all-time favourite contemporary books and probably one of my all-time favourite books in general. I was very late jumping on the Fangirl bandwagon, it’d already been out for ages before I got around to it myself, but I guess in this case it was better late than never. I loved reading Cath’s journey as she started university away from her sister and also just in terms of starting university as well. The family relationships in this book were brilliant and oh I loved Levi as well!
    Great pick again Melissa, have you read Carry On yet as well, or do you plan to start it at some point if you haven’t already?

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    • Thanks so much, Beth! Fangirl is definitely one of my all time favorite books too. It’s one of those books I could reread so many times and never get tired of. 😊
      Yep, better late than never. We all get around to books at different times. I actually can’t even remember when I read this one the first time because I didn’t put a date on GR lol.
      Same! Levi is such a great character, isn’t he? He’s probably one of my top book boyfriends. If only it was possible to transport him out of the book. 😂
      I haven’t yet but it’s on my TBR! I’m not sure if I’ll get around to it soon since my main list for this year is pretty long but I do plan on reading it in the future. 😊

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      • I haven’t re-read it yet since I first picked it up but someday I will get back around to it, I can’t imagine ever getting tired of it either! 😀
        Wow that does make it seem like a while ago, my friend read this before me which was how it ended up on my radar but even then it took a little while longer before I got around to it myself.
        Definitely top book boyfriend there! 😀
        Hopefully when you do you’ll enjoy it as much as you did this one then! 🙂 ❤

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      • I actually did a speed reread of it a few days ago. Just my favorite parts. It was so fun to reread! 😊
        It really does. I think I read Eleanor & Park first and after that jumped straight into Fangirl. I kept seeing it at the bookstore, I think, and that’s what got me interested in reading it.
        Hopefully!! 😊💕

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      • I do that with a lot of books, it’s fun giving you a kind of overview of the best bits but there’s nothing like re-reading all the way through from the beginning is there! 🙂
        I haven’t got to Eleanor and Park yet. The only two I’ve read have been Fangirl and Carry On but I have her others on my to-read list.

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  2. Fangirl doesn’t sound like something I would usually read but I am hearing nothing but good reviews lately and am now thinking I might need to add it to my TBR.

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  3. Great pick, Melissa! I don’t think I love this book as much as you do but I did enjoy the references to fandom and fanfiction. I think it was my first Rainbow Rowell and also one of the first books I read with college-aged characters in it… so that was pretty great and relatable. 😉

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    • Thanks so much, Reg!!
      Yeah, the fandom and fanfiction references were great. I remember I actually wanted to start writing fanfiction again after I read it but never did end up doing it. 😂
      I think it was the first book by her that I read too. Have you read any of her other ones? 😊


      • I’ve read Eleanor and Park as well as Carry On… I think I liked Eleanor and Park (I read it aaages ago that I don’t even remember now but I gave it a relatively OK rating) but Carry On didn’t really work for me, despite the supposed cuteness, haha. What else have you read from her?

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      • Aside from Fangirl I’ve only read Eleanor and Park and I remember really enjoying most of it. It’s been a while since I’ve read it too. I do know that the ending was a bit open for my tastes but 😂.
        I have heard a lot of mixed things about Carry On. It seems to be one of those books people either love or hate.


  4. This is my favourite Rainbow Rowell book! I think it speaks to writers, as it really spoke to me, and it inspired me to write again. I remember right after I read it I did a whole lot of writing… which I should totally get back to haha! 😛
    I agree with everything you said, this novel just has so many amazing qualities that it’s hard not to love. 😀

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  5. I’ve heard so many great things about Rainbow Rowell’s books. Haven’t read one just yet but Fangirl is definitely on my list. This one sounds so cute and entertaining. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I have Carry On, and I think that might be my first Rowell read, but I’m excited to pick Fangirl up sometime this year!

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    • What I’ve read of her books I’ve loved so much! Especially Fangirl, it’s my top favorite by her. It’s definitely cute and entertaining. Carry On is kind of connected to it in a way. Completely different stories but it’s Cath’s fanfiction from Fangirl made into a book. 😁
      I hope you enjoy Fangirl when you do read it!

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