Fangirl | Book Review (Spoiler free)

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Greetings bookish friends! *Do you like the new introduction line?* In all seriousness, today I will be reviewing Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, spoiler free. If you would like to skip to the final ratings, scroll down to the end of the post. I hope that you enjoy!

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  • Title: Fangirl
  • Author: Rainbow Rowell
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • AR: 3.9

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IMG_0376Cath 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. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate 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 has never really been alone. 

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she want to move on even if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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ExpectationsI had high expectations of this book because I had heard so many wonderful things about it. I read the synopsis and it sounded interesting as well. The first few chapters were light and fluffy, and eventually set the stage for the overall plot and Cath’s gradual character developement. Fangirl was off to a good start. 

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LikesIn my personal opinion, the best thing about Fangirl was the characters. They were all a quirky and unique set of people who progressed through the story beautifully. I genuinely admired each character, even those who were supposed to be bad in the beginning, like Courtney or Reagan. All of the characters seemed to have their own back story and personal story arc that added a lot of flavor and spice to the novel. In short, the character development was phenomenal.

Another admirable trait about Fangirl is how light and fluffy of a read it is. It was quick read, and very enjoyable. The romance was sweet, but not overkill where it was obnoxious to read. Not to mention that the writing was also high quality.

I think that the pacing was good overall and the book kept me hooked in, but more about that in the Dislikes section.

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DislikesThe climax happens 100 pages before the book actually ends. I found this kind of surprising, and at first I was expecting an ever bigger twist at the end.

I was hoping for more…

Instead, there is a bunch of extra pages of resolution that were cute and fluffy, but could have been wrapped up much quicker. I don’t have much of a problem with this, and it’s kind of being nitpicky.

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Final ThoughtsAll in all, Fangirl delivered. I was a light and sweet read with amazing characters. It was very enjoyable and fun to read. The romance was cute, and it was executed very well. The only critiscim I had was that the plot was a little bit mixed up in some parts, but otherwise, this book was perfect. I highly recomend this book to anyone who likes romance novels, colleage stories, or just so happens to be a  fangirl themselves. *Just like me*

Story and plot: 💖💖💖

Pacing: 💖💖💖💖½

Character development: 💖💖💖💖💖

Writing quality: 💖💖💖💖💖

Enjoyment: 💖💖💖💖💖

Overall: 💖💖💖💖½

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Thank you for reading this post! Have you read this book before? Are you a fangirl? *I can’t be the only one* Did you agree with me final ratings? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Fish in a Tree | Book Review (Spoiler free) + NaNoWriMo Update with Synoposis of Story

Hello! Here is my spoiler free book review of Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. *Radio talk show voice* Stay tuned for a NaNoWriMo Update at the end with an official synopsis of the book I am writingI haven’t even talked about it once. So, today is that day!

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  • Title: Fish in a Tree
  • Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • AR Level: 3.7

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IMG_0376Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she’s able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She’s afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?

However, Ally’s newest teacher sees the bright, creative kid beneath the troublemaker and helps to shine a light on her gifts. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and meet other kids who break the mold. When the outsiders start to fit in, suprising things start happening inside Ally’s classroom that show’s her there’s a lot more to her — and to everyone — than a label.

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ExpectationsI had medium expectations for this book. I picked it up while it I was browsing Barnes and Noble and it looked interesting so I decided to buy it.

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Likes The character development was incredible. Through the storyline and plot, all of the characters grow in some way or another. All of them had their own unique struggles and all overcame them in different ways. Multiple characters *cough cough Albert and Shea* started off stereotypical and basic, but then ended up being complex, original characters with life, motivation, and struggles.

This book had a great message, too with some awesome quotes: “If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it’s stupid.”

Also, I thought the “Sketchbook of Impossible Things” that was included in the back of the book added another element to the story. It was cool to read a certain scenario/thing that happened to Ally and then see her drawing for it.

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DislikesThe end of the book felt a little anti-climatic, which was disappointing. I was hoping for a fuller ending to wrap the book up better. The pacing is nothing special, but it’s not bad. I can’t put my finger on it, but I felt like something was missing from this story. It felt a little bit incomplete (and no, there isn’t a sequel). Except for the things that I mentioned in the likes section, this book is average.

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Final ThoughtsI liked this book, but there wasn’t really anything about it that stood out and made a lasting impression on me. Yes, the character development was really good and the book had a great message, but other than that, there isn’t a lot of things that stand out. If you like non-fiction, then I recommend it, if you don’t like non-fiction, then I don’t recommend it.

Even though there were some things that I would have definitely changed in this book, all in all I liked it and it told a great story, with a good message and a strong protagonist.

Story and plot: 💖💖💖💖

Pacing: 💖💖💖

Character development: 💖💖💖💖💖

Writing quality: 💖💖💖½

Enjoyment: 💖💖💖💖

Overall: 💖💖💖💖

hey..not too bad

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NaNoWriMo Update

OK, I’m pushing through! So far, I haven’t gone a day without writing, but I did have a writer’s block just yesterday. I was able to form some random words together that I will probably have to edit it later and completely redo it.

Please note: As I am in the process of creating a memorable story, some aspects/details that were mentioned below may not be present in my final draft.

Julianna Evergreen’s life is normal. Well, at least it used to be. Ever since her mother died, her favorite person in the entire world, things have been hard. Her Dad has one unpaid bill before they lose their house. She has a hard time in school. But one day, everything changes. While walking to school, she meets a boy named Jack with a strange symbol on his left hand, the same one that Julianna has on hers.

Soon, the two embark on a journey across a magical world called Pie Land — to meet princesses, dragons, unicorns, and more.

But Pie Land is in terrible danger.

It is being overthrown by a vicious tyrant named Newt that pledges to destroy a peaceful dynasty that has successfully ruled  Pie Land for over a thousand years.

Julianna doesn’t know what’s going on, but whatever it is, she’s going to find out.

So there it is! An official synopsis of my in the works novel.

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What did you think of Fish in a Tree? Are you going to read it now because of my positive review? What do you think about my story? Have you done NaNoWriMo before? Let me know down in the comments section below. Also don’t forget to follow this blog!

Keep on Booking,-Katie K

The Name of This Book is Secret | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello! Today I will be reviewing The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch. This was an excellent book and is definitely a recommendation.

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  • Title: The Name of This Book is Secret
  • Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
  • Publisher: Little Brown
  • AR Reading Level: 5.6

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Leave now.

This is a secret story about a dangerous secret that I must not reveal. Good. You’re curious. You’re brave. If you join this adventure, I will introduce you to some of the events and people in this perilous book. It is an alarming account of two extraordinary adventurers, a missing magician’s diary, a symphony of smells, and a deadly secret…

But be careful – our enemies are watching. And tell no one…because the name of this book is secret.

(Synopsis token from the back of the book, not my writing)

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ExpectationsI was a huge fan of this series and read the all of the books when I was in the third grade, so I thought that at least the first one deserved a re-read. I was excited to for a re-read, and I wasn’t disappointed!

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LikesThe book had a mysterious vibe that couldn’t be topped. The writing style was excellent, and the author is great at getting the reader hooked. I also enjoyed solving riddles and deciphering codes alongside Cass and Max-Ernest. It kept me engaged in the story and plot. (Which were also very good)

The villains were excellent! Dr. L and Ms. Mavius *sorry I don’t know how to spell her name* were perfect antagonists. Plus, Dr. L’s back story was executed perfectly. Come to think of it, there wasn’t a single character that I didn’t like/didn’t fit well into the story.

Bosch had a signature dark humor that spiced things up, similar to that of Trenton Lee Stewart and Lemony Snicket. He also made useful side notations a which added to the dynamics of his writing style to evaluate on the unique things that were happening in the story, which came in handy.

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DislikesThe only problem I had with this story was how the ending was a little abrupt. It didn’t seem to fully wrap up the story the way I was expecting.*

*This is in a series, which also happens to be very secret, so it may purposely leave on a cliffhanger

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Final ThoughtsAll in all, The Name of This Book is Secret is a must read, especially for anyone who is into mystery books. There was only one minor problem, but it was easily outruled by all of the redeemable qualities which the book possesses. I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed if you pick this book up.

 

Story and plot: 💖💖💖💖💖

Pacing: 💖💖💖💖💖

Character development: 💖💖💖½

Writing quality: 💖💖💖💖💖

Enjoyment: 💖💖💖💖💖

Overall: 💖💖💖💖💖

I am proud to say that this is our first 5 star review here on Katie That Bookish Girl! *Cries tears of joy.* I’m so proud of you, books.

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Thank you for reading this post! What did you think of The Name of This Book is Secret? If you haven’t read it yet, are you going to? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments section.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K