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Reading the books; Fangirl

Crossing the first book on my TBR off the list; Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.

Here’s what you need to know about this book: it’s about Cath, a writer of fanfiction, who’s just started uni. Any type fan person + uni setting  = you’ve got my attention!

The story makes me think of Felicity and Buffy season 4; two series I love unconditionally. The Felicity association is primarily because Reagan in the book, she basically is Felicity’s Megan. And such a lovely character, I want her as a room mate too.

Safe to say, unlike Landlines, this was a read I thoroughly enjoyed.

Another feature I do love are the pop culture references; the Beverly Hills 90201 reference especially, which naturally resulted in me picturing Cath’s love interest Levi as a blond Luke Perry for the remainder of the book.

“Honey, I’ve watched a lot of 90210. The parents weren’t even on the show once Brandon and Brenda went to college. This is your time – you’re supposed to be going to frat parties and getting back together with Dylan”

I just love the world Rowell has created in this novel, the characters, the setting. It’s a wonderful place to be.

I’ve got a couple of abers.

  1. The inclusion of the fictive fanfic the main character writes. And there was a lot of it. I do struggle with insertion of other types of fictional texts in novels, I usually don’t see the point and these unrelated stories within stories (feels like there should be a term for this that I should probably know, having studied contemporary literature and all, but I don’t. If anyone can enlighten me I’d be much obliged). Fortunately, you can just skip these parts. But it does feel a bit like a failure.
  2. The stereotypical gender roles are proper dodgy. I get that it probably reflects reality (even if I’ve never met such a creature in real life), and sure, each to her own, but it doesn’t mean I don’t cringe reading about it.

Minor things tho, would not hesitate to recommend this book!

6 thoughts on “Reading the books; Fangirl”

    1. Yup, you were 100% right! 🙂 Maybe you’ve got something else in the YA genre to recommend? I need some more YA I think. Tried to start on The Girls but I’m in a weird mood where it’s just creeping me the hell out, and nothing’s even happened yet.

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