Book Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A college going girl who is still inside her fangirl bubble and doesn’t like leaving her room. How she adapts to new lifestyle changes and what all happens? Read everything in my review of the novel Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

So, this book revolves around Cath and Wren, two identical twins who were inseparable until they went to college. While Cath still feels dependent on Wren and wants to spend as much time as possible together, Wren feels that it’s time that the two went their separate ways and found people to hang around with. Cath’s an introverted writer who spends most of her time in her room, writing fan-fiction while Wren’s an extrovert who likes to party and get drunk. Both of them had been Simon Snow’s fan but Wren wants to move out of this fangirl bubble while Cath is still inside it.

Since Wren doesn’t wishes to be Cath’s roommate so Cath has a new roomie. Her roommate Reagen, a character I personally loved, is a total badass who couldn’t care less about the world, their friendship is one of the most precious relationships in the book. It may not be the most obvious one, but it’s amazing. Cath initially has a hard time getting out of her room and has absolutely no friends, but as the story proceeds, Cath makes heartfelt connections which made me smile so much throughout. Cath’s an over thinker, she probably over thinks about over thinking if you ask me, but she’s the nicest character. The kind you want to put in a glass box so nobody could hurt her. The relationships portrayed in the book are probably the best part about it, for me at least. And not just the romantic ones, the one between Cath and her father, the one between Cath and Wren, even the non-existing full of resentment relationship Cath had with the mother who abandoned her.

When I started college, I had the same worries as Cath, about not knowing anyone, about being all alone, about what to do and where to go, it’s such an honest, well written story that I can’t help but think about how much I liked it.

That being said, I do feel that sometimes, Cath’s character was just a little too whiney, like a child who refuses to grow up but well, aren’t we all children who just don’t want to grow up either?

I give this book a 4/5.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd is a writer from Sylvester, Georgia, best known for her 2002 novel The Secret Life of Bees. Her 2014 novel, The Invention of Wings, is set during the antebellum years (the period before the civil war and after the War of 1812) and based on the life of Sarah Grimké, a 19th-century abolitionist and women’s rights pioneer.

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“Missus showed up and said, “Hetty, this is Sara’s eleventh birthday and we are having a party for her’….. She took a lavender ribbon from the top of the pie safe and circled it around my neck, tying a bow……….”

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women- Sarah Grimké, the difficult daughter to a rich family and Hetty Grimké, the black slave girl gifted to Sara on her eleventh birthday.

Set in the early 19th century, this is a story about two girls, their extreme differences and the unlikely friendship that follows. Kidd in this soul touching- tale, ‘invents’ the miracle that captures true innocence of life in some of the darkest hours of human history.

The story follows a bond formed from naïve childhood days that continues to grow stronger with time. It not only explores the hideous truth of slavery but also reminds the reader, the power of one’s voice.

A privilege is something, not everyone is born with, which is why it is important for those who have it, to use it. This powerful master piece by Kidd teaches us the importance of finding our words and using our voices to help those who are muted by the evils of the society.

So all you revolutionaries, feminists, humanists and basically everyone who ever had a dream to make the world a better place, but lacked incentive…. Here is the book for you!

The book, which will show you the dark side of our past!

The book, which will show you the true meaning of friendship and how it can surpass all social, racial and economic barriers!

The book, which will prove the worth of speaking out for what you believe in and most importantly…..

The book, where the journey of two brave women, will hopefully inspire yours too!

Other books by Sue Monk Kidd –

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Spring Cleaning Book Tag

I love doing book tags. Thank you so much – The Green Onion Blog for nominating me for this book tag. I love his blog which is as entertaining as the blog’s name. In addition, we both share the bond of literature. So, do checkout his blog. Also, this tag was created by booktuber Jen @ Book Syrup.

Okay, so now, without wasting any more time let’s dive deep into this book tag and fish for some Q & A 😀

The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size:

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

This book gave me nightmares 😛 This book is not only thick in its physical appearance but the matter in it has got thick skin too. Thousands of digressions and so less of a story. First of all, it was so hard to begin and then, it was a whole another level of task to continue & finish it.

Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul:

Icebound by Dean Koontz

I couldn’t enjoy this book. This is not my type of novel at all. There was nothing exciting in it for me- Unhaul please!

Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing:

It’s definitely going to be –

Prey by Michael Crichton

I had seen a couple of sci-fi movies but science fiction as a novel genre never thrilled me. But as soon as I bought this book, it became one of my top favorites. This book was a bundle of joy for me. Crichton is simply amazing at breaking down scientific & technological complexities and presenting it as wrapped in a blanket of adrenaline rush. I just loved it. Another novel I would love to add here would be – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in:

True Blue by David Baldacci

It has a good story line but it becomes a little snoozy in between. I wish I could change its lethargic pace and make its ending a bit more thrilling. If, there would have been less murders, mafia, and goon fights, I would have liked it better.

Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary:

I am not a series fan, so, I don’t own much. I had only read one series and that was –

The Fey series by Julie Kagawa

and I have nothing to complain about it. I loved it. In fact, I am really hoping that somebody turns it into a movie, it would slay ❤

Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish:

Exclusive by Sandra Brown and 1st to Die By James Patterson

I think both of them nailed the endings. These two books are just so perfect. Powerful beginnings, no bumpy rides, no dozing off in between, clean sweep end, and loads of thrill & cliffhangers – everything just so perfect. They keep you on the edge and have just the right amount of stuff that you are looking forward to experience. I recommend these 2 beauties, heavily!

The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book that was tiring yet satisfying to get through:

I think here I want to mention Dan Brown. You pick any of his novels, there would be a hell lot of running and collecting the piece to solve the puzzle which makes the journey tiring. But the ending comes as a breath of fresh air; satisfying & perfect.

Looking forward to next spring: Tag 5 people you want to do this tag:

The Review Author

Chapterswelove

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Thebayreads

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This or That Book Tag!

Thanks Shayla @ disappearfromreality for this awesome book tag nomination. I always enjoy answering questions about books, reading, authors and so on. So, I appreciate this gesture of yours and guys, checkout her blog, it’s lovely 😀

Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Tag 5 other people to do the tag and spread the love!

Reading on the couch or reading on the bed?

Does it really matters? I mean, for me, reading is all I wanna do, it doesn’t matter whether it’s on a couch or a bed or a chair. I require only 2 things – a nice book and a peaceful environment, that’s it!

Main character: Male or Female?

Well, no gender bias :p As long as they are offering a fascinating aspect to the novel, it’s enough for me to grab that book and read it. I never go hunting for books having, specifically, only female or only male protagonists!

Sweet or salty snacks while reading?

Salty it is! I’m from India and it’s all about the spices 😉 Something chatpata and masaledar (tangy & spicy) to have while reading is sooo me!

Trilogies or quartets?

I’m not a ‘Series’ kinda person. I prefer buying books that do not lead into a trilogy or en number of series. But, if I have to necessarily choose, then I would go for trilogies (I have read only one trilogy and that was the “Fey” series by Julie Kagawa because it was super interesting otherwise I can’t read them). It’s more fun to watch series than to read them 😀

First Person or Third Person POV?

Definitely, a first person POV; multiple first person POVs for me. I love thrillers and when it is written from the point of view of “I”, the narrator has the agency to hide a lot of things going on in his/her mind which can later be revealed and has the potential to change the course of the novel completely!

Night or morning reader?

I’m a nocturnal creature ^_^

Libraries or book stores?

Obviously, both of them! There’s really nothing to pick one, both are heavenly places!

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

If, a book carries the potential to keep me engrossed then, I am ready to go on any emotional roller-coaster ride.

Black or White book covers?

Books with black or dark-colored covers are so much fun to read since they offer you the dark side of reality.

Character driven or plot driven stories?

Either ways! Sometimes, plots are very interesting and sometimes, characters take away all the limelight!

My 5 Nominations are :-

Fairlyliterary

Illness Adaptation

InkedBrownies

Hanna Abi Akl

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