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  • Fangirl

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (398)

    Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow Series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go.

    nevina says: "Fangirl is fantastic."
    "Horribly disappointing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The main character was continually, stubbornly unlikable. I found myself actually yelling at her to get over herself, stand up for herself, and other things that might give away spoilers. I forced myself to finish it hoping for some development and growth, but I was disappointed. I picked Fangirl because I loved Eleanor & Park so much- but this was the complete opposite.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by Rainbow Rowell.


    What about Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield ’s performance did you like?

    Rebecca Lowman was brilliant as always. She's fast become my favorite reader. She was the most enjoyable part of this audiobook.
    Maxwell Caulfield was great as well.


    What character would you cut from Fangirl?

    Cath. All the secondary characters had purpose, growth, development, etc. Cath was a complete doormat waste of space.


    Any additional comments?

    Eleanor & Park blew me away with how much I nostalgically related to the adolescent angst, so I was expecting something similar with Fangirl. It didn't happen. I'm just glad it's over, and I only wish I'd quit it when I first realized how wet-rag Cath is for a protagonist instead of wasting the next 10+ hours hoping for some growth.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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