Fangirl: A Novel by Rainbow RowellFangirl: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl: A Novel

byRainbow Rowell

Hardcover | September 10, 2013

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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?

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RAINBOW ROWELL lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She's also the author of Landline, Eleanor & Park and Attachments.
Title:Fangirl: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:448 pages, 8.45 × 5.69 × 1.38 inShipping dimensions:8.45 × 5.69 × 1.38 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250030951

ISBN - 13:9781250030955


Rated 5 out of 5 by from love the book The story and characters are extremely cute and I always feel happy after re-reading the book
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This is the book you need to read when you just want to escape into the world of cute baristas and happily ever afters. No matter how many times I re-read it, it always brings a smile to my face! Especially great for anyone familiar with fanfiction or fandom culture, you'll find yourself relating to Cath on a whole new level.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from giving me MY LIFE realness !! how did rainbow rowell, like umm, write a book exactly about me without even knowing me?? conspiracy theory?? ANYWAY this book is very relatable! i love reading about college more than i love reading about high school because i can relate more, so this was a huge factor for me. the writing is easy to read but it doesn't seem too childish. i wasn't a huge fan of eleanor & park so i went into this book without an expectations and i'm glad i ended up loving it! cath is a very relatable girl, i feel like many many people root for her (he he) because they see themselves in her, as do i !!! all the characters seem very fleshed out, none of them are one dimensional. i love how this book is a huge nod to fandom culture, and it expresses that it's okay to be a fangirl, which i feel like wasn't really an acceptable thing before i heard of this book.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A compelling and humorous story to reread again and again This book has compelling characters that make you feel genuine emotions which is really important for a good book to have. The story leaves you guessing what will happen next and its slow burn themes are realistic and really put the book and its relationships into perspective. I seem to find myself coming back to my book shelf again and again to pick up this book and start from the beginning once more.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Breath of Fresh Air What is amazing about this book is how relatable the characters are. The world of Fanfiction is an ever growing one and it put a smile on my face to see that the nerdy girl who writes Fanfiction (me, you and everyone else) doesn't just have to be the 'nerdy girl who writes Fanfiction'. We're all a little quirky, and this book shines a light on what mainstream media will shy away from!
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! The characters are so relatable and the story is super cute. I love following her fanfiction throughout the story as well. It is absolutely one of my favourites.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, Not Great I liked this book, but I was expecting to like it a lot more than I did. I that this book is catered to a small group of people who enjoy fangirl, unfortunately I am not in that group.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for a fangril Perfect book for a fangirl in the world, any type of fangirl works, its amazing
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book If you've ever felt anxious doing 'normal' things, and if you've ever loved fictional worlds more than the real world than do yourself a favor and read this book
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it so so much I was a bit hesitant at first, but my friend convinced me to buy it and I definitely don't regret it. The way they portray mental illness in this story makes it feel so real. I noticed while reading that many of her thoughts were just like my own when I struggle with my anxiety. The relationship between the two characters was so awkward in the most endearing and adorable way. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Cute Story I bought this book on the recommendation from a friend and I was very glad to have listened to her. I absolutely loved this book. I didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everything you could want wrapped into one! Very relatable, funny, touching and beautifully woven. A true coming of age story. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it I put off reading this book for a while... I didn't want to read it and I didn't want to like it. But then I did and I did... so read it. Its cute
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE this book I loved this book so so much. Usually I would get rid of my books after finishing reading them but I know I will be reading this again in the future. It's just such a cute story and I loved how innocent and introvert the protagonist was, it worked well for the storyline.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book My friend bought this for me for my birthday and I absolutely loved this book. The way it was written was so relatable to read. It feels real, not fake like many books of this type. Like something that would actually happen
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read The ending is less than perfect, but the relationship between the two main characters is my favourite. It's entirely awkward and cheesy and wholesome and entirely relate-able. A book isn't good unless you can get behind the characters and root for them, and this book is great. Rainbow Rowell is definitely an author to watch out for.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet and relatable As someone who loves fandom, Fangirl was so relatable ! If you are part of any fandom, this book is definitely for you. The romance was super cute. Lev was sweet, charming, and goofy and Cath was introverted with a little snark.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good This is one of, and just might be, my all time favourites. Aside from being about what it's like growing up partially raised by pop culture, it's about dealing with and living around mental health. It's about growing up and becoming yourself and Rowell writes every sentence with some sort of sureness I only hope to be able to have one day. I just love it.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book I like this book by Rainbow Rowell. I enjoyed it a lot more than Eleanor and Park.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I love Fangirl with all my heart. The characters are very real, with very real problems and flaws, which made me really feel for them. The character development is spectacular and has an adorable romance. What else could you ask for?
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I enjoyed this 100x better than I did reading Eleanor and Park. Pretty good book.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Niche audience Rowell is a talented writer but this book is for a very niche audience who like fanfic, and are girls between the ages of 14-18. I can't see it appealing to many others.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great book I loved this story I could never stop reading, it was relatable and cute! especially with the romance being timed so realistically, I fell in love with every character :)
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.75 stars I've never given 1/4 stars before, but I've finally settled on a good 3.75 star rating. The first half of the book was a fun take on the life of an introvert geek. I felt it was right up my alley and so easy to read. I did find that the second half dragged more than the first, but was still entertaining overall. My biggest problem with the book is centered around the relations between Cath and her new boyfriend. Cath has a lot of insecurities and anxieties (which could have been addressed a bit more, I think ie. possible medications?) and there was a span of time where her new boyfriend seemed to really be pressuring her to take their relationship to a more physical level. That's fine as long as both parties are in favour of the change, but when I kept reading Cath apologize over and over to her boyfriend for how her discomfort was making her behave around him, and he appeared to be subtly guilting her into more and more...well, that turned me off of him quite a bit. Also, I know I seem to be in the minority on this but I found the descriptions of their first night of (partial) physical intimacy to be really awkward and cheesy! "I want to make an honest woman of his chin" lol Really? And rubbing her face all over his facial features (ear, chin, widow's peak) like a cat with catnip? Perhaps RR wrote it that way on purpose and if so, my apologies but I found myself rolling my eyes quite a bit during that whole scene! I did enjoy the fanfic scenes and look forward to reading Carry On in the near future. I think my nieces would enjoy this book even more than I did.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked it I thought that I would enjoy this book more, but it's still a great book overall. I would read it again
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Series Our daughter and her friends adore these books.....wonderfully written!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Such a relatable main character. The story is adorable and real and I can't wait to read more of this author's work!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fave My favourite of Rowell, such a captivating, well written novel! Good luck trying to put this one down!
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Old Favorite There are 600+ books on my TBR, and I choose to re-read Fangirl. I regret nothing. I love it a little bit more than I did before, if that's even possible. And I suddenly have the Harry Potter theme song playing through my head on repeat.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Cute Read I went into this book not expecting to care at all. I'm so used to people taking all the embarrassing parts of "fangirls" and making even more embarrassing content. In this case, I feel like it was executed really well. Cath and her love for Simon Snow were honestly really believable and relatable. It was really great reading a story that focuses so heavily on why someone might love a work of fiction so much. Additionally, the relationship in this story was done really well. Far too often does it seem like a book just forced the main character to date someone because why not? In this case, it really feels like they compliment each other. All in all, if you're reading this because you're unsure if you will like this book or not, go for it. I doubt you'll regret it.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! Such an enjoyable and lighthearted novel; couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Cute! This book is my first read by Rainbow Rowell and I absolutely loved it! I'm definitely going to be getting more of her books in the future.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Fun Read This book was so sweet. I went into it thinking I wouldn't like it, but was pleasently surprised.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy favourite! warning! if you have somewhere to go and won't have time to finish the book, DOnt. PICK. it. uP. cause you'll be sucked right in and not able to put this down. and remind yourself: don't fall in love w levi cause u won't be able to marry him :( good luck!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and adorable! Loved the romance in this story as it was cute and realistic, showcasing that love is not something easy but worthwhile.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Very Fun and Easy Read Cath and Wren, twin sisters, have been Simon Snow fans since the first book was published. They even wrote their own successful Simon Snow fanfiction. But before they go off to university, Wren starts to pull away from Cath, asking to get different roommates, and refusing to write fanfiction with her anymore. When they go to university, Cath feels all alone in a new place and with new people. Cath’s dorm roommate, Reagan, is tough and stand-off-ish, but her always-present boyfriend, while annoying, is friendly and charming (and kind of cute). Is Cath able to make it on her own and navigate her new life at university, without her sister to hold her hand? And what will happen with her fanfiction and love for all things Simon Snow? This is a really fun and easy read - I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book is a really good read! :) I was a fan of Cather right from the beginning, and enjoyed the intertwining of both the fan fiction Cath was writing with the progression of her own story.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Novel This truly is a book at appeals to everyones inner fangirl. The characters were well thoughout and Cath was one of the most relatable characters I have ever read. It portrays the life of a normal girl who likes books and I feel like a lot of people can understand Cath as a character. The relationship's in the book were great. I loved seeing the relationship between Cath and Wren develop during a new stage of life when they are trying to figure out who they are as individual people. I also enjoyed seeing an introvert like Cath start to come out of her shell through the help of Reagan. The relationship between Cath and Levi was well thought out and the development was amazing. The story arc was relatable and the writing was easy to read and understand. I would recommend this for any teen or adult reader out there.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserves a Re-Read I've never related to a character as much as I related to Cath. A great book if you're a "fangirl". #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i loved it! i got this book as a birthday gift from a friend with writing in it saying it was one of her favourites, so i had to read it. honestly, i am Cath. this book is just so relatable for anyone who's ever been in love with a book series or a tv show or a movie franchise, especially those who consider themselves to be official members of any given fandom. i would definitely read this again.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious ! So funny yet so relatable ! love the writing !
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful edition i didn't know they sold this edition here I'm so happy
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relatable and endearing! This book had been recommended to me SO many times and for some reason, I always hesitated a bit...but I finally gave it a try and am so grateful I did! "Fangirl" is great -- relatable and endearing, I found myself laughing out loud and tearing up. I'm a fan!
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love! I love this book - definitely my favourite Rainbow Rowell book. It was a fun, cute read and a look into someone who spends their free time immersed in books/fiction (relatable).
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So accurate such an accurate depiction of what it's like to completely live in books. Loved it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT I bought this book online as a gift and there were some complications with the delivery (my package got lost) but the staff was super nice and helped me out immensely, they got a new copy shipped within 2 days.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fine but forgettable Realistic portrayal of the college experience but overall not a memorable book.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainbow Rowell is a genious This is, by far, my favorite Rainbow Rowell novel. For all the geeky girls out there, please read this. I found Kat so relatable and real. The book is absolutely wonderful. I finished reading it at 3am because I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from super cute must-read for book lovers and fangirls alike!
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable, yet slightly irksome. I am a big fan of Rainbow Rowell, so my expectation for this book was high, but I was let down with this novel. I realize that every character needs a point from which to grow, but Cath's initial character both frustrated/annoyed me to no end. I would still recommend this book, I just don't feel like it was on par with the rest of Rainbow Rowell's novels.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So relatable.. Everygirl has felt like Cath. Perfectly written
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT i related so much to Cath!! Love this book to pieces
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Fangirl is one of the most relatable books I've ever read.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plowed through it in a day! So, I devoured this book. I've had Fangirl for a really long time because I absolutely adored Eleanor and Park but I've been putting off reading this one. I'm not entirely sure why that is but I definitely wish I had read this sooner. Mainly because Cath is quite a bit like me in the way that she thinks and her perspective, and the things that she happens to be interested in. We look at situations in a very similar light. The plot was easy to follow and enticing, the characters were likeable and three-dimensional. I already knew that I thoroughly enjoyed Rainbow Rowell's writing style as well. The book took you on an emotional rollercoaster and I definitely don't regret reading this.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I loved Levi This book is written really well, which was a breath of fresh air for me at the time. I was in a drought. That may be why I loved this story more than I should have? By the end, I was quite irritated with the book's lack of closure, it's incessant Simon Snow fan-fiction, and it's treatment of Cath as this Supernatural Writer. I was actually a bit jealous of Cath--is that allowed? Not her life, just how "EASY" writing came for her. She didn't really seem the struggle with writer's block, and her stuff was always prime? I loved the story, I just could have gone with changing some details.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... I feel strange writing this, especially since the book got so many good reviews, but I found the main character so lame and pathetic, it made me angry, so I let the book down.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book so much!!! This book will always have a special place in my heart!!! Cath was one of the most relatable narrators I have ever had the pleasure to read from the point of view from. The Harry Potter parallels were also awesome!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Great Read Loved reading it for the first time, it was a classic YA page turner, really well written and heartwarming.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic In Its Own Right I have no words to describe this book. In many ways, I feel as though Cath is a part of me; and not only because I've read the book so many times I almost have it memorized. In a way, Cath is every fangirl in every fandom, obsessing over and falling ever deeper in love with fictional characters who deserve a better justice than what the author chose to give them. This book has (just recently) brought me out of a book slump, given me the courage to keep writing, and made me laugh and cry in equal measure. It's one of those books that could be described as a "light, fluffy contemporary", and yet - for me, at least - it delivers one heck of an emotional wallop. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's ever read a novel and found themselves longing to be in that world, to wield a wand, or summon a Patronus, or even feel at home in a place you've never been to. You'll find a kindred spirit in Cath, I promise.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Currently re-reading The first time I read Fangirl, I was obsessed with it. Now, re-reading it, I don't find it as interesting or captivating as before. However, it is still a great book.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I totally enjoyed reading this book! It was heartwarming and fun. Really loved the development of Cath and her relationship with Levi. Also the fanfiction parts were a so fun to read!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alright I finished this in a day or two, quick, did not get invested in the story or the characters. forgettable.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!!! I finished it in a day it was the best!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In my top 5 One of my alltime favourite books. I love the characters (especially Levi), the plot, Cath's fanfiction, Rowell's writing, EVERYTHING!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was a great book! I really liked reading this book, this was my second read from Rainbow Rowell (after Eleanor and Park) and I must say, I will be wanting to read her other books. They just make me want to continue reading.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Summer Read "Eleanor & Park" was my first into to Rainbow Rowell and I'm so happy I found "Fangirl" next. I was immediately hooked and cannot say enough good things about this book. Although a YA novel, Rowell doesn't try to be gimmicky with her characters. Instead, Cath and Levi could be people I meet in real life. I've read this book numerous times now and recommended it to so many people. I'd highly suggest it again here, especially if someone is looking for a fun summer read. ***ps. I just found out that Rowell released "Carry On", which you will NEED to get after reading "Fangirl" ***
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Carhartt jacket did me in I loved this book for so many reasons. Like many others I related a lot to Catholic as a fellow fangirl, as anoted at times shy person, and as a student studying English. I also adored the funny mixing of uni/writing/fangirl life and the rural-elements of the setting and Levi's character. As a farm girl I appreciated how Rowell acknowledged that a Carhartt jacket could look good.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book I loved this book and definitely could relate to it! I also loved the characters and the development in the story.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay Carry On is the spinoff of this book; read it if you want some cool context.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very cute! The title says it all, it's about a fangirl. I absolutely loved this book. Very relatable and cute
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I have only recently discovered Rainbow Rowell (this is the third book of hers I've read). She does a really great job of pulling you into the story. She writes really believable and relatable characters, I find. I have always had a fascination with twins, so I was excited to learn that our main character is an identical twin. I've gotta say, tho, as much as I love Cath, I didn't love Wren. I adored the development of Cath and Levi's relationship, and Reagan is my new favourite secondary character. So. Much. Snark. I really loved this book, and would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Novel Normally I am not the biggest fan of young adult literature, but I found this book extremely relatable and would recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! The perfect book for the Harry Potter obsessed Tumblr girl!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheesy It's a pretty light book, something that you could go through easily if you're in like a reading slump and want to finish a book. Cath is very relatable to almost every bookworm, she writes her own fanfiction and has an emotional connection with them that a lot of book readers would understand.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fangirling This is one of my favorite books. It touches a lot of sensible subjects such as anxiety, single parent and fear, which I really liked. The romance aspect was super fun to read and I really enjoyed the familly dynamic and the friendships Cat developps throughout the book.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was good and kept me reading to the end. I related to Cath and found her funny if a bit boring at times. The characters were well developed but there really was no plot to speak of. I liked the romance and the relationship between the twins, I really liked Wren's character and even though she was a jerk a lot of the time I understood why. I didn't think the fanfiction or book excerpts added anything to the story and the book was far too long, dragging on unnecessarily a lot.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This was such a cute story.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from rainbow rowell did it again this is such a feel good story that i recommend to literally anybody who likes reading these slice of life kind of things and just being able to relate to the characters (i relate so much you dont even have a clue)
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't enjoy this book I've heard all about the hype with Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor & Park was okay, I didn't really enjoy it that much but it's definitely better than Fangirl. Fangirl was terrible, I couldn't stand reading it. It was boring, the characters are barely likeable. Although I find myself able to relate with Cath, I didn't enjoy reading it. I might try their other books out but this is something I can't relate to. If I had to be honest, I didn't find this story interesting.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Rowell just isn't my thing This is the second Rainbow Rowell story that I read and I am completely convinced that her writing just isn't my cup of tea. Where I did enjoy this book more than the first, this one isn't getting any rave reviews from me either. First of all, our MC Cath is a freshman in college and she is stuck in her junior high fandom world. This girl is seriously obsessed with a fictional series and writing fanfiction to the point where she neglects everything else. I found her to be very immature for someone who was supposed to be 18. Her obsession with her sister Wren and the jealousy that followed after she(Wren) began acting like a college freshman and going out having fun was quite pathetic. She became the annoying character that whined all the time. "Why doesn't she want to hang out with me?" And it was like that throughout most of the book! No thanks!! I also didn't care much for the excerpts from the Simon books or for the fanfiction of Carry On. They didn't really add much to the story but maybe I just didn't get the importance for including them. All in all, the two things that saved this book from me completely hating it were secondary characters Reagan and Levi.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it So, I get it, I get the hype. This book, in my opinion, was amazing, the characters, their development, it was all worth reading. The ending didn't really have an end but it was part of the charm, Rowell managed to wrap up most of the loose parts and yet the story continues, there's no definite ending, and I love it. anyone who's ever had an obsession with anything can understand how Cath feels in this book. I found myself understanding how Cath felt throughout basically the entire book, and I think mostly anyone can relate to at least a couple of points on this book. Rowell created a world that I could whole heartedly dive in and I'm certainly happy that I did.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It - Unexpectedly I had this on my list only because I had read other books by the author and was enjoyed her style. I wasn't overly interested in this one, however, when I read the synopsis... but let me tell you, I was so pleasantly surprised by it. I zoomed though this book and the characters stayed with me long after I'd finished it. I was surprised by how much I loved it and I was impressed with the entire concept. I shouldn't have waited so long to read it!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing i really really loved this book it was so good
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fanfiction combined with young love I enjoyed this book mostly because I love the way Rainbow Rowell writes. I didn't love how much fan fiction there is in the book, but it is an integral part of the story. The amount of fan fiction there is really means there should be another book to follow it up so you can follow that story (I believe there is one now). I definitely recommending buying 'Carry On' along with this book.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Such a sweet, feel good story.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice A cute, feel-good romance story
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really cute book, must-read for fangirls This is great omg I love it. Really perfect in the quirky and fun way.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book started off slow for me and then all of sudden I was so in love and couldn't put it down. Fangirl and Carry On are tied for my favourite Rainbow books. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this This book is what got me into reading, its so fun and easy to get into
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect!! This book is quirky, heartwarming, and incredibly relatable :) 10/10!!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The story that began it... This was my first Rainbow Rowell read and it definitely wasn't my last! (I've read all her other stories and I honestly can't pick a favourite) As a former fan fiction writer and a lover of LGBT+ books, I could definitely relate to Cath in more ways than one. This story was wonderful and funny and all the good things you expect to come out of a YA contemporary. Definitely recommend this and Rainbow Rowell in general! Amazing author!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very relatable Great characters that are so relatable that it hits you right in the feels.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES One of my all time favourite books! Ive re-read this more than once!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best books I've ever read i don't think I've ever related to a character the way i did with Cather
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This was what got me into Rainbow Rowell and for a good reason. Relatable, hilarious, and adorable!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOMe!! This is really good, another masterpiece!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good Creative story and adorable
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing yet again! Read this awhile ago, but so god and a must read before carry on
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK! i thought this book was really good because it was different
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very different - interesting The characters are very eccentric just like Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell has very off the page characters It may not be for everyone. The story is great but if you can't open yourself up to a "Quirky love story" then it is not the book for you.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay didn't care for hte characters.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A sweet book This was a sweet book. The characters are easy to like and get attached to
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming! I really did like this book! The story is charming as well as its characters. It is a very good book, yet, the pace is a bit slow sometimes. Unlike me, my friend did not like the 'cross-story' of Simon Snow. I understand it is not the main action you want to read, but it worths giving it a try :) #plumreward
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happiness. This book was so realistic and captures the feeling of being a first year university student. I didn't mind the slow pace of the book because it gives it authenticity. The family dynamic was also so heartwarming and heartbreaking. This is also a perfect representation of a fangirl.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this was really good I could really relate with the main character Cather because I'm basically just like her: introverted, huge fangirl, spends days and days indoors.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So sweet and cute Such a clever story, so romantic and cute and just overall lovely.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fav book of all time **5 HUGE STARS** LOVED this book so much! Such a fast, easy read for me and it definitely kept me occupied and wanting more. Cather was such a relatable main character too. (I mean the title basically sums up my life haha) I recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary books or just looking for a great read! Seriously, one of the best books I have read this year. For sure a re-read.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SO CUTE! This novel was so breathtakingly romantic and adorable. I loved the characters personalities and characteristics. A great read. 10/10 would recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another winner by Rainbow! Rainbow creates characters that are so easy to relate to and fall in love with! Another book of hers that I could not put down.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Cute Anyone with a sibling will instantly relate to the main characters in this novel. The plot was endearing, and the second you start this book you can't put it down
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relatable & wonderful If you are a university student just starting out and happen to be really into fandoms, this is the perfect contemporary YA book for you! This book follows Cath - twin of Wren and lover of Simon Snow (a fictional book series) - a freshman at college who is being flung out of her comfort zone. An aspiring author who prefers things to stay the way they were. Get ready to connect with quirky and lovable characters if you read this book!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Though not as brilliant as her somewhat sequel "Carry On" this book is deep and entirely heartfelt. It was a delightful read and sensitive to nerd culture without mocking it. Cath is relatable and every scene that includes Levi is a pleasure to read. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Such a great read and definitely a good idea to read this book before Carry On!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Being a Fangirl The story captures what it means to be a fan girl and being in a fandom. The characters are all really well developed and I love this book.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relatable and astonsing Fangirl is a novel that many can relate to if they've ever been part of a fandom which has always held a little part of their heart. The characters are witty and easy to like; a remarkable read.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book really caught my eye as one of my first real book purchases. Mostly thanks to Tumblr, in all honesty. I felt like I would relate to it and I did! It's one of those books that you want to re-read over and over. I would recommend it to any one who likes YA novels, As well as anything by Rainbow.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cuteee The cutest and most relaxing novel I've ever read. The main character is so adorable and relatable.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book This was a great read, and I really felt the emotions that the main character felt.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from relatable and cute great for a person how isn't that into reading, this book can make someone want to read books 24/7
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too sweet I got cavities This book took me into a dream-like state. The characters are take some time getting used to but worth it in the end.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A relatable story This is a must read! As a university student I found this story was relatable on so many levels and it had its heavy but light moments. This book perfectly captures the major moments and feelings of the first year of a university student and it makes me want to read it over and over again.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute read I picked this book up because i had seen it being read but lots of my goodreads followers. It wad super cute, glad I listened to my good reads friends
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a fun read! #plumreviews This book was so much fun to read, I wanted to pick it up and read it again when I was finished! I recommend it to everyone. Cath is such a quirky character, and her personal growth is fun to follow.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute read This was an interesting and unique read. First, the quirkiness of all the characters: I loved it. As someone who didn't fit into the 'cookie-cutter' teenager stereotype (popular, cheerleader/jock, *insert Hollywood movie stereotype here*, etc) I found Cath's character relatable. But then again I did enjoy all the rest of the characters from Reagan, Levi Cath's Dad, to even Wren nearing the end (I was NOT a fan of her for over the first half of the novel...which I'm sure other readers can relate). The fan-fiction aspect I also did enjoy because I don't think I've ever read a book addressing fan-fiction. It made me gain a whole level of understanding towards those who write fan-fiction and the extreme relationship that's created between them and the characters. As someone who was quite involved with the Harry Potter fandom when they were being published, I was aware and had even read some of the fan-fiction while waiting for the next novel. Now, I understand how in depth the emotions can be for the fan-fiction writers and I have to give my respect to them. Now, for me why the book wasn't a 4 or 5 star is a couple things. Even though the writing was great, I found the story could drag at moments and I also felt the amount of 'excerpts' from the various novels could be unnecessary. I don't think there needed to be that many of them, especially because I definitely was not invested in the story of Baz and Simon. I definitely will be reading more from Rainbow Rowell because I find her novels and characters to be very unique and intriguing. Very interested in reading more from her!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A cute contemporary story I don’t know what I have these days. I keep giving five stars to the books I read! I guess I’m in a good reading mood… “Fangirl” is about Cath and Wren. Two twin sisters who have been fan of the Simon Snow series since forever. When they were in high school, they used to write fanfiction about this series together, but now that they are starting college, only Cath continues to write stories. I have to say, I totally relate to Cath. I think every fangirl in this world will say that they are just like Cath when reading this. I, too, more then often prefer being on my own reading books or being on the internet than going out with friends (well the few that I have). In fact, Rainbow Rowell describes her characters with so much reality, it is astonishing. From Cath to Wren and their dad or Levi and Reagan, all of them were wonderful with their qualities and flaws and I love them to pieces. Also, I really love how throughout the books, we can read parts of the Simon Snow series or the fanfiction that Cath writes. Or maybe it is a bad thing it is there because now I really want to read the Simon Snow series and it doesn’t even exist… Would it be bad to write fanfiction about a series that only exists in another book or is it to much? In conclusion, I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell’s writing and I just want to read more of her work. I already have Eleanor and Park sitting on my shelf since the beginning of the summer. Maybe it is time I pick this one up…
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome. Totally worth rereading and relateable.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Millennial's Ideal Love Story LOVED THIS! I didn't think Rainbow Rowell could top the perfection that was Eleanor and Park, but Fangirl spoke to me on a whole different level. Every teenage girl belonging to a fandom will adore this story.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO CUTE it was such a cute story,(Levi!) I thought it would be cliche as heck but i loved it!
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from relatable This one spoke to my fangirl heart, I could relate to the main character on so many levels.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Cute, I loved it! I loved this book so much. It's adorable. I highly enjoy YA contemporary romance and highly recommend it to those who enjoy reading the same genres.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nod to the HP fans! Such a great read. Lighthearted but with a few more grownup issues. I loved the fact that in its way, the novel is a nod to the HP universe and all the fanfiction to come out of it.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story A really fun, well-written story. Highly recommend !
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! One of my favourite Rainbow Rowell's books! I could really relate to this book since I am a college student myself away from home for the first time and who doesn't love Harry Potter?
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another enjoyable read by RR! Another enjoyable read by RR. My only gripe with this novel was the Simon blurbs in between... I didn't really feel like they added much to the story, other than I guess somehow connecting Cath's love for everything Simon and fanfic. I just thought they could have been more relevant to the previous, or next, chapter, but it seemed pretty random and thus forced. I'll admit towards the end i skimmed over them quickly. Many of the characters are relatable. Sometimes too relatable for me that it hurt to continue on reading. Mental health is definitely a huge component of the novel, and I did like how it was approached. I think most people whom have gone to school, whether high school or college, can relate to many of the themes. Now I'm off to read everything else by RR.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! This book is pure perfection. it is hands down one of my favourite novels of all time. Cather, the main character, has an identical sister named Wren. Wren decides she doesn't want to be Cather's roommate and for the first time, Cather has to learn to live without Wren. Cather suffers from social anxiety, anxiety in general, and confidence issues. Sometimes she infuriated me but I identified with her in a way that I rarely do with fictional characters. I have mild social anxiety so I really enjoyed Cather's character. Levi, her love interest, is such a sweetheart and totally swoon-worthy. I love their romance but I also love their friendship.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!! I did not have high expectations going into this because I had not been a big fan of Eleanor and Park but this book was truly amazing! I felt that I really related to Cath and I thought the characters were all very cute and quirky.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG I want more of Cath and Levi!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really underwhelmed by this one. Considering I've been the definition of a "fangirl" for as long as I can remember, words cannot describe how much I was anticipating reading this highly hyped book by Rainbow Rowell. However, I am sorry to say that I didn't care for this one at all. I thought that both Cath and Wren were slightly obnoxious, and I didn't think the fanfiction parts were wove into it as well as they could have been. In all honesty, this book just seemed to drag on and on in my opinion, and it definitely did not live up to the hype. However, I've read some of Rainbow's other books and loved them, so this review is definitely not representative about how I feel about her books in general.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overhyped It was pretty good, but it got boring at some times. The parts with the Carry On fic between it broke the momentum I think.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Teen Fiction! Cathy and Levi were so adorable! Rainbow Rowell really is a wonderful author.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Summer Book. Fangirl Focuses on personal growth, acceptance and adaptability of an individual being introduced to a life of adulthood where one must shed the idea they had of life as a youngster, protected by family from ideas like individual lives not impacted by siblings or parents on a daily basis. Subjective Opinion: As a soon to be High School Senior as well as applicant for many universities, I think Fangirl made me very comfortable with the idea of being in an University and gave me a sort of look into the kind of life I will have for about six or seven years while getting my Ph.D in Anthropology which, although sometimes boring, scary or nerve-racking seeming, made me a lot less nervous about the whole concept of university life and my shift from the life as a student under 18 and protected by my family at every corner to a student expected to be financially, socially and personally independent and able to protect or deal with problems herself. However, I am still very scared and nervous, but I feel more fit and mentally capable of dealing with such problems in the future after reading Fangirl and other books like it recently. Objective Opinion: Fangirl wasn't Rainbow Rowell's best book but it accomplished what it wanted to quite swiftly and beautifully and for that it deserves five stars. Cath struggles to self-determine her identity after spending her whole life beside her twin sister Wren. Through thick and thin, the two never left their side, but University is a whole other story. Tangled up in her own life, Wren abandons Cath in pursuit of the crown of the social hierarchy, leaving Cath to struggle to find friends and an identity while also cramming for finals and stuck in the predicament of writing original stories for her advanced creative writing class where she finds a friend who has his own agenda for his University career. Rainbow Rowell doesn't shy away from explaining exactly how boring and long days during university can be with or without friends, boyfriends/girlfriends and full support of your family through every step you take. In many instances throughout the book, characters become completely vulnerable and can be seen getting back up mainly on their own with little aid from other characters which is helpful for readers if they ever go through the same problems themselves. Personally, I'd give it a 4/5, but this is an objective review and that requires me to be an objective reader basing my opinion and rating on objective observations which is why I gave Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 5/5 stars.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I first bought this book as an ebook but loved it so much I bought it in paperback not too long ago just so I can hold it in my hands!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read Nice book about a young adult in transition from 1 life stage to another and becoming their own person. The main character, Cath did start to rub me the wrong way at one point, but thankfully that didn't last too long. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read I bought this book for book club and it was really interesting and relatable. :)
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and relatable!!!!! I LOVED this book. It was so well written, easy to read and the characters are so well-developed. Cath is utterly relatable as a fangirl and the supporting characters are amazing too. Definitely would recommend it!!!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! I've never been truly involved in fandom but I've always been a big fan of things and I related to this book SO HARD. This is a growing-up, coming-of-age tale about a teen girl named Cath going to college for the first time, meeting people, finding herself and writing fan fiction. I'm now 26 and I've read this book several times and will read it several more.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Fangirl is very unlike other books in its category. I don't usually like romances lovey dicey two teens on the brink of love type books because they're mushy and unrealistic but this book was a breath of fresh air. I really enjoyed reading this, it was like a nice relaxing vacation.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay This was the first Rainbow Rowell book I've ever read, as someone who grew up reading and writing fan fiction and immersed in the internet pop culture of the time when Harry Potter was still an on-going series, I had thought this to be something I would easily connect to, There are, in fact, things that are like subtle nudges of a knowing friend, the inside jokes and quotes, the low-key stardom of popular writers online, but so few frustrating and incredibly amusing aspects of the culture come up, like the horrors of an epic multi-chapter story that keeps you up at night, the equally if not larger horror of finding out it's an ongoing story with the last update being a long long time ago, the friendships you make, the flames and trolls and the rush of a good review, the curious mystery of who the people whose work you admire are, so on and so forth, The story was fine, but there is a general lack of actual plot, it felt a little like I was reading not to know how she would achieve what it was she wanted or fight against a threat to what she had, but to simply know what in the world the story was about, I don't care much for the inserts of the character's Simon Snow fanfiction, I truly hoped I would but I found myself skipping over those pages and realized it had very little impact on the story itself. It wasn't bad, it was an okay novel, maybe not for me but give it a shot! it really doesn't hurt
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute and Lovely I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the story line. But I especially loved the characters the most. It always kept me entertained and it was such a nice read.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was so relatable! It's hard to find cute romances including characters in university! Very quirky characters, but a great story in the end! Definitely recommend to other nerdy university girls!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very relatable I love the concept of this book, that the main character is a first year university student. Most fiction either deals with high school students or adults. I think it's important that the YA genre fill the gap with books actually about young adults, and the transition from kids into adulthood. This book does a good job of conveying the different types of struggles associated with starting college and becoming independent. I love Cath's point of view and was able to relate with her. I especially loved the fangirl aspect of her character, though I was impartial to the fanfiction inserts (that part really comes down to if you buy in to the fanfic story, in which case you should definitely read carry on ;) #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Still recovering from a brutal semester of Canadian Lit, Fangirl certainly did not disappoint! It is the first contemporary I’ve read in a while and, I must say, it succeeded in giving me those butterflies. This quirky story about a girl named Cath who is obsessed with the fictional Simon Snow series was extremely readable and once I sat down and started reading I actually had to make the conscious decision to put down the book and venture into the real world. I probably could have settled in and read this entire book in one sitting. I have to say, for a seemingly light, fluffy read, this novel was surprisingly deep in exploring the family, friendly and romantic relationships between the characters. All in all I highly recommend this book for a cutesy romance, chick lit type thing, but also because it is a contemporary that has a lot of depth. It is just so much more than your average fluffy read. There were definitely some points that I considered pretty ridiculous, but this book kept me up reading all night until I finished it! That is a very good thing in my opinion.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Loved the 'How We Happened' scene
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! One of my favourite books.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my style... I had heard and seen so many wonderful reviews for this book! My Instagram is always showing me this book and how so many loved it. I was really looking forward to this being an amazing read, unfortunately it did not do much for me. The ending just dragged on (and on…) Maybe it was going to get better? It didn’t. I was left feeling like it was missing something. At the beginning I thought and had pictured Levi as gay. To me he was Reagan’s gay friend. When Cath slowly started having feelings for him I was totally confused. It was hard for me to break the idea of him. I can’t be the only one who though Levi was gay? The Simon Snow insert where ok but I didn’t care much for them. I did managed to finish but was quite disappointed with all of it. Sorry Rainbow Rowell fans!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A highly enjoyable read! This is one of my new favourite books! I loved it so much. The characters were relatable and realistic, and I adored the story. I will definitely be re-reading this book!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy read with a deeper message this book is a coming of age book. it focuses on the life of a girl struggling to find her place in the world at college.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Coming-of-age in fandom This is a solid though not mind-blowing book about heading off to college and having formative experiences with a slight twist: the protagonist is a big name fan writing a popular long fanfic. Lovely if you can relate in some way (especially if you've handed in fanfic to your creative writing class), but not the best of Rowell's books.
Date published: 2016-11-04

Read from the Book

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’d just taken off a stocking cap, dark blond hair flopping in every direction. Cath looked down at her room assignment again. Was this Reagan?“Reagan!” the boy said happily. “Look, your roommate’s here.”A girl stepped around Cath in the doorway and glanced back coolly. She had smooth, auburn hair and an unlit cigarette in her mouth. The boy grabbed it and put it in his own mouth. “Reagan, Cather. Cather, Reagan,” he said.“Cath,” Cath said.Reagan nodded and fished in her purse for another cigarette. “I took this side,” she said, nodding to the pile of boxes on the right side of the room. “But it doesn’t matter. If you’ve got feng shui issues, feel free to move my shit.” She turned to the boy. “Ready?”He turned to Cath. “Coming?”Cath shook her head.When the door shut behind them, she sat on the bare mattress that was apparently hers—feng shui was the least of her issues—and laid her head against the cinder block wall.She just needed to settle her nerves.To take the anxiety she felt like black static behind her eyes and an extra heart in her throat, and shove it all back down to her stomach where it belonged—where she could at least tie it into a nice knot and work around it.Her dad and Wren would be up any minute, and Cath didn’t want them to know she was about to melt down. If Cath melted down, her dad would melt down. And if either of them melted down, Wren would act like they were doing it on purpose, just to ruin her perfect first day on campus. Her beautiful new adventure.You’re going to thank me for this, Wren kept saying.The first time she’d said it was back in June.Cath had already sent in her university housing forms, and of course she’d put Wren down as her roommate—she hadn’t thought twice about it. The two of them had shared a room for eighteen years, why stop now?“We’ve shared a room for eighteen years,” Wren argued. She was sitting at the head of Cath’s bed, wearing her infuriating I’m the Mature One face.“And it’s worked out great,” Cath said, waving her arm around their bedroom—at the stacks of books and the Simon Snow posters, at the closet where they shoved all their clothes, not even worrying most of the time what belonged to whom.Cath was sitting at the foot of the bed, trying not to look like the Pathetic One Who Always Cries.“This is college,” Wren persisted. “The whole point of college is meeting new people.”“The whole point of having a twin sister,” Cath said, “is not having to worry about this sort of thing.  Freaky strangers who steal your tampons and smell like salad dressing and take cell phone photos of you while you sleep…”Wren sighed. “What are you even talking about? Why would anybody smell like salad dressing?”“Like vinegar,” Cath said. “Remember when we went on the freshman tour, and that one girl’s room smelled like Italian dressing?”“No.”“Well, it was gross.”“It’s college,” Wren said, exasperated, covering her face with her hands. “It’s supposed to be an adventure.”“It’s already an adventure.” Cath crawled up next to her sister and pulled Wren’s hands away from her face. “The whole prospect is already terrifying.”“We’re supposed to meet new people,” Wren repeated.“I don’t need new people.”“That just shows how much you need new people.…” Wren squeezed Cath’s hands. “Cath, think about it. If we do this together, people will treat us like we’re the same person. It’ll be four years before anyone can even tell us apart.”“All they have to do is pay attention.” Cath touched the scar on Wren’s chin, just below her lip.  (Sledding accident. They were nine, and Wren was on the front of the sled when it hit the tree. Cath had fallen off the back into the snow.)“You know I’m right,” Wren said.Cath shook her head. “I don’t.”“Cath…”“Please don’t make me do this alone.”“You’re never alone,” Wren said, sighing again. “That’s the whole fucking point of having a twin sister.”*   *   *“This is really nice,” their dad said, looking around Pound 913 and setting a laundry basket full of shoes and books on Cath’s mattress.“It’s not nice, Dad,” Cath said, standing stiffly by the door. “It’s like a hospital room, but smaller. And without a TV.”“You’ve got a great view of campus,” he said.Wren wandered over to the window. “My room faces a parking lot.”“How do you know?” Cath asked.“Google Earth.”Wren couldn’t wait for all this college stuff to start. She and her roommate—Courtney—had been talking for weeks. Courtney was from Omaha, too. The two of them had already met and gone shopping for dorm-room stuff together. Cath had tagged along and tried not to pout while they picked out posters and matching desk lamps.Cath’s dad came back from the window and put an arm around her shoulders. “It’s gonna be okay,” he said.She nodded. “I know.”“Okay,” he said, clapping. “Next stop, Schramm Hall. Second stop, pizza buffet. Third stop, my sad and empty nest.”“No pizza,” Wren said. “Sorry, Dad. Courtney and I are going to the freshman barbecue tonight.” She shot her eyes at Cath. “Cath should go, too.”“Yes pizza,” Cath said defiantly.Her dad smiled. “Your sister’s right, Cath. You should go. Meet new people.”“All I’m going to do for the next nine months is meet new people. Today I choose pizza buffet.”Wren rolled her eyes.“All right,” their dad said, patting Cath on the shoulder. “Next stop, Schramm Hall. Ladies?” He opened the door.Cath didn’t move. “You can come back for me after you drop her off,” she said, watching her sister. “I want to start unpacking.”Wren didn’t argue, just stepped out into the hall. “I’ll talk to you tomorrow,” she said, not quite turning to look at Cath.“Sure,” Cath said.*   *   *It did feel good, unpacking. Putting sheets on the bed and setting her new, ridiculously expensive textbooks out on the shelves over her new desk.When her dad came back, they walked together to Valentino’s. Everyone they saw along the way was about Cath’s age. It was creepy.“Why is everybody blond?” Cath asked. “And why are they all white?”Her dad laughed. “You’re just used to living in the least-white neighborhood in Nebraska.”Their house in South Omaha was in a Mexican neighborhood. Cath’s was the only white family on the block.“Oh, God,” she said, “do you think this town has a taco truck?”“I think I saw a Chipotle—”She groaned.“Come on,” he said, “you like Chipotle.”“Not the point.”When they got to Valentino’s, it was packed with students. A few, like Cath, had come with their parents, but not many. “It’s like a science fiction story,” she said, “No little kids … Nobody over thirty … Where are all the old people?”Her dad held up his slice of pizza. “Soylent Green.”Cath laughed.“I’m not old, you know.” He was tapping the table with the two middle fingers of his left hand. “Forty-one. The other guys my age at work are just starting to have kids.”“That was good thinking,” Cath said, “getting us out of the way early. You can start bringing home chicks now—the coast is clear.”“All my chicks…,” he said, looking down at his plate. “You guys are the only chicks I’m worried about.”“Ugh. Dad. Weird.”“You know what I mean. What’s up with you and your sister? You’ve never fought like this before.…”“We’re not fighting now,” Cath said, taking a bite of bacon-cheeseburger pizza. “Oh, geez.” She spit it out.“What’s wrong, did you get an eyelid?”“No. Pickle. It’s okay. I just wasn’t expecting it.”“You seem like you’re fighting,” he said.Cath shrugged. She and Wren weren’t even talking much, let alone fighting. “Wren just wants more … independence.”“Sounds reasonable,” he said.Of course it does, Cath thought, that’s Wren’s specialty. But she let it drop. She didn’t want her dad to worry about this right now. She could tell by the way he kept tapping the table that he was already wearing thin. Way too many normal-dad hours in a row.“Tired?” she asked.He smiled at her, apologetically, and put his hand in his lap. “Big day. Big, hard day—I mean, I knew it would be.” He raised an eyebrow. “Both of you, same day. Whoosh. I still can’t believe you’re not coming home with me.…”“Don’t get too comfortable. I’m not sure I can stick this out a whole semester.” She was only slightly kidding, and he knew it.“You’ll be fine, Cath.” He put his hand, his less twitchy hand, over hers and squeezed. “And so will I. You know?”Cath let herself look in his eyes for a moment. He looked tired—and, yes, twitchy—but he was holding it together.“I still wish you’d get a dog,” she said.“I’d never remember to feed it.”“Maybe we could train it to feed you.”*   *   *When Cath got back to her room, her roommate—Reagan—was still gone. Or maybe she was gone again; her boxes looked untouched. Cath finished putting her own clothes away, then opened the box of personal things she’d brought from home.She took out a photo of herself and Wren, and pinned it to the corkboard behind her desk. It was from graduation. Both of them were wearing red robes and smiling. It was before Wren cut her hair.… Wren hadn’t even told Cath she was going to do that. Just came home from work at the end of the summer with a pixie cut. It looked awesome—which probably meant it would look awesome on Cath, too. But Cath could never get that haircut now, even if she could work up the courage to cut off fifteen inches. She couldn’t single-white-female her own twin sister.Next Cath took out a framed photo of their dad, the one that had always sat on their dresser back home. It was an especially handsome photo, taken on his wedding day. He was young and smiling, and wearing a little sunflower on his lapel. Cath set it on the shelf above her desk.Then she set out a picture from prom, of her and Abel. Cath was wearing a shimmering green dress, and Abel had a matching cummerbund. It was a good picture of Cath, even though her face looked naked and flat without her glasses. And it was a good picture of Abel, even though he looked bored.He always looked kind of bored.Cath probably should have texted Abel by now, just to tell him that she’d made it—but she wanted to wait until she felt more breezy and nonchalant. You can’t take back texts. If you come off all moody and melancholy in a text, it just sits there in your phone, reminding you of what a drag you are.At the bottom of the box were Cath’s Simon and Baz posters. She laid these out on her bed carefully—a few were originals, drawn or painted just for Cath. She’d have to choose her favorites; there wasn’t room for them all on the corkboard, and Cath had already decided not to hang any on the walls, out where God and everybody would notice them.She picked out three.… Simon raising the Sword of Mages. Baz lounging on a fanged black throne. The two of them walking together through whirling gold leaves, scarves whipping in the wind.There were a few more things left in the box—a dried corsage, a ribbon Wren had given her that said CLEAN PLATE CLUB, commemorative busts of Simon and Baz that she’d ordered from the Noble Collection.… Cath found a place for everything, then sat in the beat-up wooden desk chair. If she sat right here, with her back to Reagan’s bare walls and boxes, it almost felt like home. There was a boy in Simon’s room.A boy with slick, black hair and cold, grey eyes. He was spinning around, holding a cat high in the air while a girl jumped and clutched at it. “Give it back,” the girl said. “You’ll hurt him.”The boy laughed and held the cat higher—then noticed Simon standing in the doorway and stopped, his face sharpening.“Hullo,” the dark-haired boy said, letting the cat drop to the floor. It landed on all four feet and ran from the room. The girl ran after it.The boy ignored them, tugging his school jacket neatly into place and smiling with the left side of his mouth. “I know you. You’re Simon Snow … the Mage’s Heir.” He held out his hand smugly. “I’m Tyrannus Basilton Pitch. But you can call me Baz—we’re going to be roommates.”Simon scowled and ignored the boy’s pale hand. “What did you think you were doing with her cat?”—from chapter 3, Simon Snow and the Mage’s Heir, copyright © 2001 by Gemma T. Leslie Copyright © 2013 by Rainbow Rowell

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