Book Review: Fangirl Vol. 1


Author: Rainbow Rowell
Adapted by: Sam Maggs
Illustrator: Gabi Nam
Series: Fangirl, book 1
Publisher: Viz Media LLC (October 13, 2020)
Paperback, 216 pages
Romance, Young Adult Romance, Manga/Graphic Novel


The manga adaptation of the beloved novel by #1 Bestselling author Rainbow Rowell!
New York Journal of Books

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, everybody is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath just can’t let go. Now that they’re in college, Cath must decide if she’s ready to start living her own life. But does she even want to if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Cath doesn’t need friends IRL. She has her twin sister, Wren, and she’s a popular fanfic writer in the Simon Snow community with thousands of fans online.  But now that she’s in college, Cath is completely outside of her comfort zone. There are suddenly all these new people in her life. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming boyfriend, a writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome new writing partner … And she’s barely heard from Wren all semester!


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have read the novel of Fangirl and really liked it, so when I saw it was being released as a manga I was so excited! The manga stays very true to the novel, even keeping all the same dialogue (as far as I can remember, anyway…) and this is really a straight translation of the novel into manga form rather than an adaptation. The art style is amazing, and the way Cath’s roommate Reagan is drawn makes me like her EVEN MORE, haha. It’s not how I pictured her, but her essence is expressed so well! The manga format also really lets Levi’s fun and playful character shine through with his expressions and body language.

Also – What?! How dare you end it on a cliffhanger!! I’m definitely going to need to collect all four volumes, haha.

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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