Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
May 6, 2014
Sorry to disappoint but this isn’t a book review :3 Just thought I’d share my favorite parts of the book. Too bad that I was expecting too much from this because I am a fangirl myself. Don’t exactly know why I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, but it was a good read nonetheless 🙂
And I can relate with the main character so much! Haha. Not a big fan of fanfiction and slash, though. Plus Levi…. Not really my cup of tea :/ Anyway, here are some of the best quotes from the book (at least for me 😀 so so so relateable)!
“Cath could already feel the anxiety starting to tear her stomach into nervous little pieces. “It’s not just that.… I don’t like new places. New situations. There’ll be all those people, and I won’t know where to sit—I don’t want to go.”
“I have lots of friends,” Cath said.
“I never see them.”
“I just got here. Most of my friends went to other schools. Or they’re online.”
“Internet friends don’t count.”
Reagan shrugged disdainfully.
“And I don’t have a weird thing with Simon Snow,” Cath said. “I’m just really active in the fandom.”
“What the fuck is ‘the fandom’?”
“Don’t send me a link. I’m not much of an Internet person.”
Cath felt her eyes get big. She was about to take a sip of her coffee, but stopped. “How do you not like the Internet? That’s like saying, ‘I don’t like things that are convenient. And easy. I don’t like having access to all of mankind’s recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don’t like light. And knowledge.’”
“I like knowledge,” he said.
“You’re not a book person. And now you’re not an Internet person. What does that leave you?”
Levi laughed. “Life. Work. Class. The great outdoors. Other people.”
“Other people,” Cath repeated, shaking her head and taking a sip. “There are other people on the Internet. It’s awesome. You get all the benefits of ‘other people’ without the body odor and the eye contact.”
“Look at you. You’ve got your shit together, you’re not scared of anything. I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster.”
“That was almost embarrassing. I mean, it’s like having a secret life sometimes. People think it’s so weird.… Fanfiction. Slash. You know.”
“Tell me about it,” he said. “Tell me why you’re so unhappy.”
“It’s just … everything. There are too many people. And I don’t fit in. I don’t know how to be. Nothing that I’m good at is the sort of thing that matters there. Being smart doesn’t matter—and being good with words. And when those things do matter, it’s only because people want something from me. Not because they want me.”
“Nothing. Nothing. 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 don’t want to do anything. I don’t even want to start this day because then I’ll just be expected to finish it.”
“And I know he’s not mine, but that doesn’t matter to me. I’d rather pour myself into a world I love and understand than try to make something up out of nothing.”
“Her dad was wrong about worrying. Cath liked to worry. It made her feel proactive, even when she was totally helpless.
Like with Levi.
Cath couldn’t control whether she saw Levi on campus. But she could worry about it, and as long as she was worrying about it, it probably wasn’t going to happen. Like some sort of anxiety vaccine. Like watching a pot to make sure it never boiled.”
“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one. Cath would move into the World of Mages in a heartbeat. She’d felt almost despondent last year when she realized that, even if she discovered a magical wormhole into Simon’s world, she was too old now to go to the Watford School of Magicks.”
“I know you’re capable of carrying this. But I’m not capable of letting you. I literally couldn’t walk next to you empty-handed. It’s nothing personal; I’d do this for anyone with two X chromosomes.”
“Why? Why is that worse? That I’m respectful to women.”
“It’s not respectful, it’s undermining. Respect our strength.”
“I do.” His hair fell in his eyes, and he tried to blow it away. “Being chivalrous is respectful. Women have been oppressed and persecuted since the beginning of time. If I can make their lives easier with my superior upper-body strength, I’m going to. At every opportunity.”
“Yes. Superior. Do you want to arm wrestle?”
“I don’t need superior upper-body strength to carry my own dirty laundry.” She put her fingers on the handles, trying to push his aside.
“You’re deliberately missing the point,” he said.
“No, that’s you.”
“Your face is flushed, did you know that?”
“Well,” she said. “I’m frustrated.”
“She was just there, all the time. All day. Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.”
Do I recommend this book? Yes. Maybe. Especially if you’re a big fan of fanfiction and cheesy love stories. Hohoho.
3.5 out of 5 stars for me 🙂
Excerpt From: Rowell, Rainbow. “Fangirl.” St. Martin’s Press. iBooks.
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