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Taking advantage of her vacation from school, my niece Shayne started a new review with her favorite book, Fangirl. And this time she asked the help of a friend, Danica. let's see what they had prepared for us.

Fangirl is a deliciously warmhearted nerd power ballad destined for greatness

New York Journal of Books

I just can't help but agree to that, this book has captivated me and touched my heart in so many ways.

As all of you may know I already did a book review and mentioned that Carry On was first introduced in Fangirl, well now I am writing a review about where the whole Simon & Baz phenomena started which is in the creative mind of our very own lovable main character of the book Fangirl.

Fangirl is one of those snuggled up in a blanket, a hot cup of coffee, and feel good books. Are you one of those who would prefer being locked up in your room, eating protein bars just to avoid social interaction? Then you'll definitely fall head over heels with Fangirl.

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Fangirl is a contemporary young adult book written by Rainbow Rowell, it was published in the year 2013. It's a charming coming of age story about being a fangirl with a hint of romance. This is a great book for older teens who like realistic fiction or for adults who don’t mind a good college story.

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This book is about twins, Cath and Wren, who sadly grew up without a mother figure but with a very workaholic father. Cath is an antisocial, having to grow up without a mother seem to affect her more than Wren did. She engrossed most of her time writing fanfiction about Simon Snow, her twin sister Wren, functions as both her built-in best friend and her only link to the social world. You will most likely be one of the people who will adore the kind of relationship they have. Then here comes college, Wren wanted to live separately from Cath. The person who kept you going all these years suddenly wants to break up with you, Cath really felt betrayed. That ended up with a stranger of a roommate and a guy in her dorm room.

Here are some lovely parts to why you should fall madly in love with Fangirl:

Truly Relatable

If you are like me, then you can really relate to the main character, Cath, which makes it more interesting while you read the book. Cath has the characteristic of most fangirls, she is antisocial and socially awkward. I think that is what most fangirls or nerds are, we tend to be quiet and be drowned in our thoughts about the things we fangirl about. Those moments where Cath debates to whether or not go to the cafeteria or just stay in her room because she does not know how the cafeteria works and she hates people staring at her made me think "Oh, I am like that too". We both are very conscious of what other people think of us and we both prefer to stay at home and make fanfictions and fangirl; though we often see that the main characters of most stories are strong girls or those popular girls, the fact that this story has a main character that is like me made me more engrossed and connected with the story.

Country Boy Levi

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We can't help but swoon over how Levi goes out of his way just so Cath notice him. Although Cath does not like the idea of hanging out alone with her roommate's boyfriend and occasionally avoids him, he does not give up and does everything that he can in order for Cath to finally acknowledge him and let her know how he truly feels. Levi is a guy who owns a truck with a bag full of smiles wherever he goes or whoever he talks to. You will surely find Levi adorable with his unique and charming character. Who won't fall crazy in love with a guy who has a charming smile?

Rainbow Rowell's Magnificent Writing Skills

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Who does not love Rainbow's quirky, different and honest characters? Cath's sadness and loneliness will capture the hearts of those who are socially awkward and is occasionally moving. It will surely remind you of your old selves doing such strange and odd things just to avoid a crowd. This is the first book that ever made me recognized the feeling of being alone and growing apart from someone really special to you. Anxieties, depression, and difficulties in adapting to new surroundings, which is a natural thing every teenager stumble upon. There on it is surely relatable. Age does not really define maturity; it will all depend on how we react towards a certain situation. This book will make us feel that we are never really alone in life.

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Built-in Best Friend

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(Kristen Stewart as Cath and Wren)

I can't help but admire the relationship of Cath and Wren, they live up to the quote 'Having a sister is like having a best friend for life'. However, what is the worst thing that could happen if the only constant thing that keeps you going suddenly grows apart from you? Although Wren and Cath look exactly the same, they think and act differently and will surely be amazed how the same person can be unbelievably different. They are both a huge Simon Snow fan, but Wren grew out of it while Cath treated it as if her life depended on fan fiction. This book not only tells you about being antisocial, it's also about growing apart with someone you knew your whole life, this doesn't only happen on twins. I have siblings and I'm one of those lucky people who has not yet experienced having to stop connecting with a person who is clearly a piece of me. Cath, sadly had to experience numerous heart-wrenching things until she finally becomes a happy starfish again.

Being a fangirl is surely a lot of hard work, I too myself find Cath very amazing on how she dedicates her whole life obsessing over Simon Snow. Some people might say that fandoms are childish acts or overrated already, but this wouldn't measure how good of a person someone is. And besides, Cath wouldn't be Cath without Simon and Baz, right?

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Fangirl is a must read for those teenagers who are going through changes in their lives; from the fear of making new friends, to the change of relationships with people, as you move on in life. This story does not explain the importance of changing yet it explains the importance of growing up. Some people may think of growing up as leaving childish things behind or leaving parts of us behind, but there is always a way for us to balance things that are important to us while still thinking of our future. Life is about finding balance, and this book is a perfect example of that.

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The ultimate goal of life is to achieve happiness and contentment, don't leave those things that are dear to you just because you want to grow up and other people find it childish.

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You be you and live a happy life.

Here is another Fangirl review which I'm sure you will love.

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by Sharon Lopez

Date: May 24, 2018

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