Monday, 2 March 2015

Wee Book Review: Fangirl *spoiler free*

Hello lovelies!

Today I have a wee book review for you! 
 

Today's choice is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (what a fantastic name by the way, eh??)

The reason I have picked this book is because it a super popular, highly rated book that I have a few wee problems with that I'd like to share! I feel I have to made it clear at this point that I did thoroughly enjoy this book there were just a few things that have been niggling at me that I feel are worth noting.



Don't judge a book by it's cover... 

but we do really don't we? It's the first thing that pulls us in to lift the book off the shelf and check out the back! I feel it's important to talk about this one, because while it is a VERY aesthetically pleasing book (looks great on the bookshelf) I feel it is targeting a younger audience than I would think is appropriate for this text (depending on the maturity of the individual). In addition I feel like this book is packaged to appeal to young girls, whereas I feel guys could easily enjoy this!
 
A little bit about it...

It's an age old story and not particularly unique, this book is all about a geeky outsider journey to and through university (or college if you're in this states, where this book is based). It's all about relationships; the ones from the past and how they survive (if they do) and the ones yet to come (good and bad).
 
What I disliked...

I thought I'd start with the negative and end on a positive. I found this book to be far too long for what it is. The book hits on some important issues, but really doesn't go into any depth about them. There's also very little character development and I found the plot to be very predictable. Lastly, there were characters we met along the way that just disappeared and we never got a resolution. This book really didn't leave me with a lasting impression.

What I liked...
This book was a really quick read, especially considering how long it was. I really enjoyed Rainbow Rowell's writing style, it was so easy and fun to read. I found that the characters were realistic and relatable and I enjoyed how this book gave a realistic and honest account of being a student. I really enjoyed the themes explored, especially some of the issues brought to light, I just really wish they had been discussed in more depth.
If you liked this... 

I think you'll like Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - this book takes a much more in depth look at some of the themes and issues discussed in Fangirl, it is much darker and grittier (which I personally enjoy) and has a much more satisfying and realistic resolution. The book is also centred around "outsider" kids around the same age and is also based in the States. Perks is one of my favourite books and I would highly recommend giving it a go if you enjoyed the pop culture references and outsider status of characters in Fangirl, but fancy something a little grittier you can really get your teeth into.

On Goodreads I awarded this...
A 4 out of 5 stars however as previously discussed I despise the Goodreads star rating system! It is nowhere near sensitive enough. This was definitely more of a 3.5 or a 6 out of 10.

I would definitely still recommend picking this book up despite my criticisms because it was a lot of fun and definitely a good palette cleanser for all the dark and twisted books I read!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is currently £3.85 on amazon, click here to buy...

Have you read Fangirl? What did you think and do you have any recommendations if you like this book? Let me know below!

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2 comments:

  1. I've had this in my Amazon basket for weeks now, but I never seem to find the time to read anymore. I loved Perks though, so I could be making a cheeky purchase to help me make the time to devote to books again!

    Collette
    inkedhibiscus.blogspot.com
    xo

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  2. I going through phases, I read none for weeks and then 1 a day! Haha It's deffo a lot lighter but it's very enjoyable. The characters are quite similar in a way. Loved all the pop culture geek references hehe

    Thanks for the comment :) xxx

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