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Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

St. Martin's Press | September 10, 2013 | Hardcover

Fangirl is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 10.
In Rainbow Rowell''s Fangirl, 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. 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 even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
 

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children''s Book of 2013

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.51 × 5.63 × 1.42 in

Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250030951

ISBN - 13: 9781250030955

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely This was such a great read and I got SO connected to the characters. This was the first Rowell book I read and I'm glad that I chose this one to begin my new obsession with her novels. It was cuteness galore. There's not much praise I can give that hasn't already been given but it was absolutely lovely and I highly recommend it to everyone who has a weakness for teen lit.
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even Better than Eleanor & Park Kath is probably one of my most favorite book characters of all time. Her insecurities and attributes are so quintessentially human and relatable. I love the love story in this book too. The leading man is just dreamy. If only fiction characters were real. In short, read this book. You won't be disappointed. It is a worthy read. I couldn't, and did not want to at any point, put it down. This book deserves as many accolades as Eleanor & Park, if not more.
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet and easy read ! I picked up this book on a whim, and I was pleasantly surprised! I usually do not read these type of books, so I wasn't completely sold in the beginning, but the as I kept reading I found that I was convincing myself to staying up an extra 20 minutes to finish another. The story line is cute, fun and easy to read, and there are twists a long the way. I found myself connecting with Cath, especially in terms if her struggles with her emotions. However, I do have a con for this novel, in my opinion the ending felt rushed and was kind of out of the blue. All of a sudden i realized there was only two chapters left, but so much to wrap up. I also know people who love the ending.
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Just amazing. Warning, this review might me a bit of a mess. It'll seem like a bunch of random thoughts thrown together because, well, technically, it is a bunch of random thoughts throw together. I didn't bother to piece it together nicely. Sorry. Anyway. Fangirl. Amazing. It's honest and heartbreakingly real, entertaining and is written so well. So well. Pretty much everyone can relate to it and you get hooked from the simplistic, easy to follow writing. Rowell balances romance with coming-of-age stuff that basically everyone goes through and with the deep personal and family stuff, which isn't heavy or dark just real. There's clever humor and each book of Rowell's has a different feel, a different voice but they are all her, and i love that. Fangirl is a coming-of-age novel about Cath, a teenage girl who is resistant to change and who tries to live on her own - she's never been on her own. Her twin sister, Wren, is branching off and leaves Cath to be her own person, which confuses Cath. It's always been 'Wren and Cath' or 'Cath and Wren.' They're never alone. So in her freshman year of collage, Cath tries to deal with an unconventional roommate, the dream professer who isn't as amazing as she seems, her dad being alone, and a cute, friendly guy who gets under her skin. All these things - change - is unnerving for Cath, who just wants to write fanfiction all day, every day, about Simon Snow, a fictional series of books she adores and lives by. But she's faced with more and more change and she has to try to figure out how to be her own person, and how to not let Simon Snow rule her life... But how can she let go of such a big part of her? Cath reminds me of myself so much. She's reserved and shy but whitty, always reads and writes and isn't very comfortable stepping out of her comfort zone. This is what a lot of people, teens and freshman feel like and deal with - like they're all alone and helpless. She absorbes herself in fanfiction - just like how i absorb myself in books and music - to disappear. I hold this novel close to me because i can relate so closely and connect so effortlessly. I'm sure so, so many other people go through this at different points in their life. Levi is freaking awesome. I normally dont like my guys as 'good guys' but he is awesome. The easy bantering him and Cath do is so fun and nice to read. Their relationship isn't all physical, but when it does get to that stuff it's thrilling. But even with the simple stuff - the '... then he pushed his mouth into her hair, "Read to me, sweatheart"' - gets to me and i can just hear Levi's soft voice and it melts me. SO refreshing. And I am not a Kayne West fan - i am THE anti-Kayne West fan. I hate him. But, i must say, these Emergency Kayne Dance Parties that Cath and Wren used to have seem like so much fun.  We dont just get Cath and her sister and roommate - we get a whole fictional world full of characters like Baz and Simon Snow and beyond that we get Cath's versions of Baz and Simon Snow - three books, (well i guess one book and two super-mini-stories) and three different worlds. And i love all of them. But that means three different endings and each hurts because i want Fangirl to continue, i want Simon Snow to continue but its the end. The book ended - each book ended - and i sighed and felt like this is the end. Because i want more, it is that good. MY ONLY COMPLAINT is that i wanted a fuller, more clear ending of the stuff that went down with her mom. A final piece. But in a way, i like it. I like how Rowell left us off. So that's a conflicting issue i'm not sure is even an issue - whatever. Moving on. So. Fangirl - five stars. All the way. It's an honest and compelling coming-of-age novel with a relatable protagonist and real life. Each character, from Cath to Wren to Cath's firey roommate, are all different and unique and i love that. Fangirl contains a lot of pointless scenes, conversations that don't mean a lot, but do not let that faze you! Normally all that stuff leaves me bored but this had the opposite effect - i HAD to keep reading, it's contagious. Those pointless scenes and conversations MAKE a book, they MAKE relationships. Seriously, this book is simple but complex at the same time. Rowell crafted a story that all of us can relate to in some way or another, but that so few can write about. And she does it effortlessly. I'm left with Fangirl in my mind and i don't want it to leave. Rowell is quickly becoming high on my list - I've read both Eleanor and Park and Attatchments, and i love both, including Fangirl. I want more, Rowell. I will be patiently (ugggh...) waiting for your next book. And all those other authors out there - step up your game. This is a big one, a one hard to compete with. And i love it. I smiles and laughed and sighed and gasped and felt my heart tear into pieces than warm up again. This simple book is powerful. I love it.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read, First Time Reader of Rainbow Rowell I've never heard of this author, nor Simon Snow. I was attracted to the illustration and the colour of the cover. I read what the book was all about, and was instantly hooked before reading. I could relate to the character so well from my past self with how the character is going through her first year of college. I don't have a twin sister, but I do hate being alone (as in not having someone that I know well to hep take that first step). I had to learn unfortunately, but it helped me to grow. I found it to be a nice, easy read. I had a week left of school, and those bus rides felt pleasant having this book to pull out every time I got on. I want to read more of Rainbow Rowell's work after reading Fangirl. Fantastic :D
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not in the same league as The Rosie Project! I bought this book because of the great reviews and it was in the same category as The Rosie Project. I was really disappointed and decided to leave it around page 80. I found everything about this book to be very sophomoric.
Date published: 2014-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so awesome! I'm only only into semester two of it, and already it's become a favorite of mine. I love Cath's character, she reminds me so much of myself. I also felt very lonely and isolated myself when I went to college. And I'm an avid fanfiction writer as well, and hearing the little shoutouts to her Simon Snow fic and how she has an uber fandom for 'Carry On Simon' just made me smile. I find the book is realistic, but it doesn't make the book too serious or too goofy. I find how the sisters are branching away from each other and falling apart heartbreaking. I also enjoy and feel sad reading the moments between Cath and her dad. As I said I'm still only halfway through the book, but I read during any free time I have and just can't put it down. Personally I wouldn't be surprised if ironically "Fangirl" becomes added to the fanfiction archives list.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! Rainbow Rowell is quickly becoming a favourite author of mine, her books are always so much fun and they are absolutely adorable! Reading this book it really spoke to me (though I've never written fan fiction, I can still relate to some things with Cath). Cath is a huge fan of this very popular book series and she spends her life writing fan fiction about two of the characters, the problem is that Cath has never grown out of this obsession even though her twin sister has. Now these two are heading off to college and everything changes for Cath. I will admit there were times throughout the book where I was not a fan of Cath or her sister, I felt that Wren especially was over the top dramatic. It was hard to really see sisters acting like that when they have been so close (but at the same time I understand trying to reinvent yourself in college). I really felt for Cath, whose sister has basically ditched her, in a way her sister is trying to help her out of her shell, but she didn't help all that much. I really connected with Cath on these things, it's hard to get out of your shell (my first year of University was difficult, I went home a lot and didn't really take part in a lot of things, I very much liked my shell and tried to stay there). I thought this story was so adorable, Cath is absolutely obsessed with Simon Snow (which is very similar to Harry Potter, probably where the idea came from), her life revolves around these books and writing the fan fiction. I have to say I loved that each chapter had quotes from either the Simon Snow books or Cath's fan fiction, it made the story so much more realistic knowing that Rainbow Rowell could probably go out and write those Simon Snow books herself. There was some cute romance in the book as well, I thought the love interest was really adorable and he was so nice. Levi was a character that I wanted to hug and wanted as my friend, he tries so hard to help get Cath out and have a life. I think the cutest thing was walking her home late at night (how many guys do you find will do that). Admittedly, there are a few parts where it seems the story would slow and I just wanted things to start happening, but it definitely went along with what real life is like. Life goes by slow at times, there isn't always action, and I think Rainbow really hit it with this book. Cath learns about life away from home and how to grow up. This book was absolutely adorable, Rainbow Rowell has written another amazingly cute and funny story!
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING and nerdy! I LOVED THIS BOOK. I read it one sitting, couldn't put it down. It was sweet and beautiful and as an avid reader/writer of fan fiction in my youth I could really relate!
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!! First I am going to put something out there that some of your are not going to be happy to hear! I didn't really like Eleanor and Park all that much! I mean, I liked it, But I didn't love it, and I didn't think it was this epic love story that brought me back to my teenage years- not at all. In saying that, I was maybe a little nervous going into Rainbow Rowell's newest novel, Fangirl. I honestly thought that it would take me forever to get into and that I would again be disappointed with what I got. However, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thought Fangirl was absolutely fantastic and I loved every minute of it. This book was SO much fun to read and it left me feeling happy once I had finished it. Fangirl for the most part fits into the New Adult category and Rowell's take on the genre was original and unique, incredibly realistic and relateable (to some extent at least). Fangirl is what New Adult should be. Just saying. The story surrounds Cather (Cath) as she enters her first year of University (or College). She had initially though that she would be sharing a room with her twin sister Wren. However, last minute Wren decided that sharing a room with Cath wasn't something that she wanted. Therefore Cath was stuck sharing a room with stranger and losing touch with her sister. This is something that Cath really struggles with as she is incredibly anti-social and is often anxious is new situations. Cath is basically a wreck her first few weeks of college and the distance she is feeling from her sister is not helping. One thing that Cath can and does get comfort from is the fanfiction she writes. I don't know how many good things I can say about this book. It was brilliant. Cath was not a perfect character. She was flawed and kind of strange and sometimes a bit extreme. But she was genuine and real. I could easily relate to her and the anxiety she felt being away from home and being unsure if she was in the right place. Cath's insecurities regarding making new friends and her ability to succeed academically were also things that I remembered feeling. Cath was an authentic representation of most people leaving home for the first time. What's funny about Fangirl is that a good chunk of this novel surrounds Cath's career as a fanfiction writer. This was not something I could relate to. Believe it or not I was never a fanfiction reader. It honestly never entered my mind to search up some good ole' HP fanfic. There were a number of chunks in this novel that were dedicated to the telling of the Simon Snow story, and honestly I either skimmed over these pieces or skipped them totally. I felt like I was okay doing that. I don't think I missed anything important in the story by doing this. But that's me. Overall, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell has everything you could ask for in a book. A fantasticly complex story, and slow burn romance and friendships that start off rocky but develop into something special. I loved every minute of this book and I am excited for you all to read it.
Date published: 2014-04-04

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Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.51 × 5.63 × 1.42 in

Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250030951

ISBN - 13: 9781250030955

About the Book

A coming-of-age tale of family, first love, and fan fiction from the talentedauthor of "Eleanor & Park."

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ONE   There was a boy in her room. Cath looked up at the number painted on the door, then down at the room assignment in her hand. Pound Hall, 913. This was definitely room 913, but maybe it wasn’t Pound Hall—all these dormitories looked alike, like public housing towers for the elderly. Maybe Cath should try to catch her dad before he brought up the rest of her boxes. “You must be Cather,” the boy said, grinning and holding out his hand. “Cath,” she said, feeling a panicky jump in her stomach. She ignored his hand. (She was holding a box anyway, what did he expect from her?) This was a mistake—this had to be a mistake. She knew that Pound was a co-ed dorm.… Is there such a thing as co-ed rooms ? The boy took the box out of her hands and set it on an empty bed. The bed on the other side of the room was already covered with clothes and boxes. “Do you have more stuff downstairs?” he asked. “We just finished. I think we’re going to get a burger now; do you want to get a burger? Have you been to Pear’s yet? Burgers the size of your fist.” He picked up her arm. She swallowed. “Make a fist,” he said. Cath did. “ Bigger than your fist,” the boy said, dropping her hand and picking up the backpack she’d left outside the door. “Do you have more boxes? You’ve got to have more boxes. Are you hungry?” He was tall and thin and tan, and he looked like he&#
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In Rainbow Rowell''s Fangirl, 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. 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 even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
 

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children''s Book of 2013

About the Author

RAINBOW ROWELL lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She''s also the author of Landline, Eleanor & Park and Attachments.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Absolutely captivating."   Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A funny and tender coming-of-age story that''s also the story of a writer finding her voice...touching and utterly real."   Booklist (starred review) "The magic here is cast not with wands but with Rowell''s incredible ability to build complex, vivid, troubling and triumphant relationships...Fans of Eleanor & Park and other bookish, nerdy types will thrill at finding such a fantastic and lasting depiction of one of their own."   School Library Journal (starred review) "A charming coming-of-age novel...filled with complex subjects (such as divorce, abandonment, and mental illness) handled in a realistic manner, and the writing effortlessly and seamlessly weaves these threads together."   Praise for Eleanor & Park :   “ Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.” —John Green, The New York Times Book Review "This sexy, smart, tender romance thrums with punk rock and true love.  Teen readers—not to mention their Gen X parents—will swoon for Eleanor & Park ." —Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and Where She Went "A breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders." —Stephanie Perkins, author of  Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy
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