Thursday, 19 June 2014

MINI REVIEWS: Fangirl and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I have been wanting (and erm, threatened convinced) to read Fangirl and any Rainbow Rowell book for ages – Fangirl and E & P have been sitting on my shelves for quite a while, so I picked them up (Fangirl first then Eleanor & Park) and read them both within five hours. One was… likable, and the other was just PERFECTION <3. 

Book Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, January 30th, 2014
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback, 459 pages
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair anymore - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loos. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buries herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate 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 have never really been alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible... 
I think the name says it all, we are all fangirls. If you’re not, get out, get out right now.


Fangirl  is a novel about fanfiction, and not just any fanfiction, Simon Snow fanfiction (a set of novels referenced in this book, that don’t actually exist) which I think was a very unique addition to the book. Rainbow could have done Harry Potter fanfiction or The Hunger Games fanfiction, but no, she created her own set of novels and included passages from them, which was pretty amazing. I really loved the Simon Snow extracts.

Levi, Levi, Levi, everyone seems to love Levi but I… well, for the first half of the book I thought he was fake, with his smiling all the time, like really, who does that? But I started warming up to him after the half-way mark, and by the end I admit Levi is sweet, not exactly a complex character, but nice nonetheless.

Cath, the main character, is a little boring, and often quite introverted - not that being introverted is necessarily a bad thing, but Cath didn't really do anything due to that -  if I’m honest (which I always am, obviously) but really likeable. Reagan is my spirit animal though! I didn’t see the big fuss about the book, and I still kind of don’t, but it was thoroughly enjoyable and had an excellent ending which wrapped things up nicely. I was only slightly disappointed when I finished as everyone had told me it was awesome and I didn’t feel that it was awesome, as such.

Rating = 3 Bookish Birds

Book Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Orion, February 1st, 2013
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback, 325 pages
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he' made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor... never to Eleanor. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.
After reading Fangirl I was hesitant to start this next Rainbow Rowell novel, but it truly is amazing, I love this book so so so much.

Set in the 1980’s, which I found strange at first after reading the first few pages, but really came to appreciate and thought that the time period the book was set in made its story feel really sincere than it would have been if it was told from nowadays.

Eleanor & Park is a love story that carries a lot of feeling, it’s not just some reproduction of churned out lovey dovey rubbish - it’s real. Both main characters are relatable, and loveable in their own ways, I really feel like Eleanor and Park are a part of me, what they represent won’t leave my memory anytime soon.


I have to admit I wanted to cry at the ending, mentally I was, but I couldn’t have been happier with the way that it ended, and I mean that, I wouldn’t change it so they all lived happily ever after together. In Eleanor & Park I got a better idea of Rainbow’s writing style and it’s very unique, and no doubt very recognizable. I’m excited to read Attachments and Landline soon. 

Rating = 4 Bookish Birds

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21 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read either because I've read very good reviews!

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  2. Me, threaten? I did no such thing! All I did was mildly tell you to read Fangirl! ;3 But YAY! You finished Fangirl!!!

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    1. Haha, a couple of times a day though ;) Yep, indeed I did - any other books you're going to force me to read? :P

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  3. Aw no, sad you didn't enjoy Fangirl as much as most people! I did fall in love with it, and I fangirl every time I see it in bookstores and everything, but I definitely don't like it as much as some people. Though I am utterly obsessed. If that makes sense. xD
    I read Eleanor & Park almost two weeks ago, and I'm still not over that ending. It was so unexpected and beautifully written and just.... *dissolves into tears* Devastatingly good. Though I agree - I wouldn't change it, ever. It's left at a point where you end up thinking about it for days and days. :'3
    Gee x

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    1. I think I didn't love it as much because I'm too narcissistic xD Glad you liked it though - I agreed about Eleanor and Park, I'm still thinking about it nearly a month later! Buuut how did you not expect the ending??! :)

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  4. I recently read Fangirl and seem to have enjoyed it more than you! I really liked Levi and his constant smiling was actually one of the reasons why :D Cath was a pretty awesome character - yeah, she sometimes made the wrong choice but she always had her heart in the right place. And Reagan was just full of sass!

    I haven't read Eleanor & Park yet (I would choose it if I won) but I've heard wonderful things and now I'm very curious about that ending...

    Fab reviews and thanks for the giveaway :D

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    1. I'm a pretty pessimistic person, soooo constant smiling doesn't really go down well with me, haha, personal flaw.

      Eleanor & Park is absolutely beautiful, good luck and I hope you love it too!

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  5. Eleanor & Park! Because I got to read bits of it in a bookstore and I loved it!

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  6. Both books seem rather interesting to me, but I'd have to go with Eleanor & Park just because I've heard so much more about it

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  7. I would really, really love Eleanor and Park, because I've heard that the concept is so unique and unforgettable.

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  8. Eleanor and Park would be awesome but I've never read either book so I'd be so excited either way!

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  9. I'm dying to read Eleanor and Park!! Heard so many good things about that book.
    Thanks for the INT giveaway.

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  10. I'd pick Fangirl. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  11. I'd choose "Fangirl" because I've been looking forward to read it for a long time already and it's not aviable in my country. Besides I have already read "Eleanor and Park" and I relly enjoyed it. Thank you for the chance.

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  12. I've just read Fangirl, and loved it! I'd love to read Eleanor and Park! Heard that there will be a movie, so excited!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  13. I would choose Eleonor and Park. I've heard lots of good things about it!! But either of the two would be great since I haven't read both of it. Thanks for being generous! :)

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  14. I would like to read either book, and Thanks for the giveaway

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  15. Eleanor & Park. My friend recommend it to me. :)

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  16. Eleanor & Park!!!

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  17. FANGIRRRRRL!!!!!!!!!! The new edition with the yellow bookmark and all it's perfection!!!! PLEASEEE :) Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!! :)

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