Author: Jill Robi
Published by:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: August 17, 2012
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I stumbled upon this book completely by accident. I have had a voucher for WH Smiths/Kobo for over a year now and on my reading list was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – but I’ve heard mixed thoughts on that particular book so was hesitant to read it first among my recent purchases – but in the search for fangirl on Kobo popped out this little gem of a book. Firstly, I would like to say that romance isn’t a genre that I am overly familiar with and it isn’t something that I generally have a leaning for and despite the name of the blog, I am not overly connected with the realm of fangirling anymore. That being said, I loved this little novel! It was an absolute delight to read, even though it felt like something of a dirty little secret, or a guilty pleasure. A bit like the idea of actually liking 50 Shades of Grey!
The book centres around Khloe, a die-hard fangirl of the fictional character Weston Moore, and her adventures/obsession relating to him. She takes herself to a large scale convention for the first time in a far-away city where she meets other like-minded individuals and manages to capture the eye of her obsession and because this is the world of fiction romance and complications follow!
One of my favourite things about the book was actually Khloe herself and how she was written. Yes, she is relatively young and this comes across in the way she has been written. There are references to the world of her online fandoming and how she has used her fandom to express herself and grow as a person. Which is something that I could very much relate too! Especially the part of not have any ‘real life’ friends to share in her fandoming lifestyle. I may not be as active as I once was in the realm of fandom, but that part of me has never completely died, but it’s all online! Because she is such a relatable character I found that I could easily root for her and her dreams and share her concerns and fears too. I felt that both Khloe and the book developed along a nice story without it seeming to be ‘This author just wants to write erotica,’ which has made some books in this genre feel more like a slog than a pleasure.
Even Weston, the object of her fandom desires, was a decent character to read about. He added the right about of complications to the plot and there was a lot about him I was rather taken with myself!
As always, it isn’t sunshine and lollipops and there were a few things that just felt a little contrived about the whole affair. For example, the reality of it all! I’ve spent some time at conventions myself and there is no way that some of what happens in the book could actually have happened. Getting to spend so much time with a star, for example! And the fact that Khloe can even managed to spend the amount of days going to cons… can that happen while she is holding down a Full-Time job? I don’t know. Everything goes a little too wishy-washy as well. It’s a magical little tale that has to be taken with a pinch of salt really! It’s a good novel to escape into and I am intrigued to read further stories by Jill Robi, as I enjoyed her writing style immensely and I believe she has written in other genres which might be more ‘up my street’
Fangirl is by no means a perfect book, but it is a good introductory novel to a very promising author.