Fangirl: A Novel

Kobo ebook | September 10, 2013

byRainbow Rowell

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#1 New York Times bestselling author!

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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#1 New York Times bestselling author!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...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:125003096X

ISBN - 13:9781250030962

Customer Reviews of Fangirl: A Novel


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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is like a warm hug I loved this book (in case you can't tell from the title). The story itself is simple enough. Shy girl goes away to college and has to deal with the inevitable changes in her life. But Rowell makes you feel for her characters in a way which makes them utterly endearing. 5/5 would recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books I adored this book! I love the story that the main character writes and it was really well written!
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my top pick books! I purchased this book randomly a few years ago and still to this day it is my favourite book ever! i love the character growth that is seen as the story progresses. I highly recommend this book to someone who want a light, beautify written, Rom Com, fun story!
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from perfect book if you want something light and fluff ♥ yes. iam one of those people that like books that are light and about school life + love. I like the characters and as a fangirl, I feel so connected with this book. How the main character writes fanfiction and hang her posters all around her room... If you are a "fangirl" ..yes. please do read this.
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful book I really really really really really REALLY enjoyed this book! I put 4/5 I had the same problem I always have with Rainbow Rowell's books: I get bored at the middle a little bit. But every time the last 100 pages are pure dynamite!
Date published: 2015-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected More I thought I was going to love this book and I didnt, I expected so much more from this book, the story itself was good and I liked the Fanfiction aspect of this book but it just lacked and I ahve heard people say this is one of rainbows best books, if thats the case I dont think I will be reading any others by her. :0)
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection! There was nothing I didn't love about this book! Rarely do I see an author describe the love of reading, and devotion to fiction that Cath has. The honesty of the characters is moving, and you instantly feel connected to their struggles. Beautifully told, and extremely funny!
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Modern Great Coming of Age Story While everyone might not relate to the stubborn Cath, I think most readers can relate to the many situations she finds herself in. From fandom to first loves to family to starting college--there really isn't any experience Rainbow Rowell has left out on Cath's journey.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot get over this book!!!! I managed to read this book in three days and would read it all over again!! Rainbow Rowell is such an amazing author and all of her books are so amazing, but I can't seem to get over this one I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! Definitely worth buying.
Date published: 2015-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book. Even after reading it like 6 times I can never seem to put the book down. It's always like I'm reading it for the first times. And each new time I discover something more, something magical.
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great It is really good. I Really. Enjoy. It. ....................... .................................
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favourite I'm sorry to say that I didn't love this book as much as the other reviewers. Although I thought the character's were extremely well imagined and incredibly written, I found everything overall to drag on longer than it should have for the material being covered. There were also a lot of loose ends which personally drives me a bit crazy. Not a lot seemed to get resolved which left me wanting more (not in the - I can't wait for the sequel - way, but rather in a feeling empty way). That being said, there were true moments of honest tenderness captured in the book. I wish I could give this a higher rating but for me (and this is purely a personal opinion), it just wasn't there.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Cath is scared and clingy, insecure. Sometimes the things she says are so wrong. And then her character just grows a teeny tiny bit. She opens up little more and becomes social. I also liked how real her social anxiety is. It's an eye opener to see what others go through and that makes you that more empathetic, especially if others think they're just being anti-social. I like how clueless Cath is when it came to social activities and even her dating Levi. It's a wonderful experience seeing it all trough Cath's eyes. I liked the parts where she talked about her fan fiction with all the other characters. It seemed like such a fun conversation to read. But the again I stopped reading the Simon Snow parts. Only because it was too much like Harry Potter and I believe that can't ever be duplicated. Also I felt like it didn't add too much to the story. There was also a lot of it, and I felt that following it along would be like reading another story in itself. Not only did this book touch upon the cute and adorable but there was also some of the tough parts, like her mother, father and sister. Even her twin sister Wren goes through a wonderful story arc. Oh Levi, he's this wonderful male protagonist that I just loved and adored. First, he's respectful towards women and he messes up every now and then so he's not perfect. He's also a farm boy who works hard and loves animals and his family. He's an honest good natures character that is needed more in the teen books section. Just like Cath said, we all need golden retrievers in our life. What a wonderful and refreshing character who is warm and pleasant and doesn't play games. He told Cath exactly how he feels and he showed it too. Cath and Levi together is just too cute for words. I just loved how they tip-toed around each other in the beginning and then came the honeymoon stage where they couldn't get enough. Even their first argument was adorable. The pacing was dragged out. Way too much. I felt it too be soooo long. Maybe I'm impatient but sometimes when a book is so long, I start singing, “This is the book that never ends, it keeps going on and on and on.” Then there's the the TMI aspect. I didn't really think the reader had to know that Cath smelled Levi's deodorant or had to shower or what she ate for breakfast or even if she had to pee. Sometimes I feel like it's unnecessary? And the ending? I felt it to be the weakest part. What happened with her project? Her mom? Her dad? Did I completely miss that part? I wanted closure and I got none. I also felt the ending to be super anti-climatic. I turned the page and thought there would be more but I was staring at eh acknowledgments page. Overall, I am definitely liking more of her contemporary reads and I can't wait to check out <em>Attachments</em> and <em>Landline</em>, her more adult targeted books. Also, can you look at how adorable these covers are?? AHHH &lt;3
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from this was a really good book!! i got this book about 2 weeks ago and i am so glad i did!! the book was really funny and interesting. i couldn't put the book down. i wouldn't suggest this book to everyone but to people who like reading big books this is a perfect book for you :)
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was great! It was a great book, was a great love story, not many twists but still kept me hooked. You will love characters and hate characters but you will remember them all
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from S'good I felt like I was reading a book about my own experience about fangirls. Rainbow really captured the true fangirl in the character Cather and her struggle for acceptance from her sister. Overall this book was amazing and I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you love Harry Potter and fanfiction, you will love Fangirl I read Fangirl a few months ago, and it's stuck with me, it was that great. If you've ever loved a book series like Cath loves Simon Snow (ie. Harry Potter), or indeed, if you've ever been a passionate fan of anything and also maybe like a romantic plotline thrown in your YA fiction, this is the book for you. Rainbow Rowell perfectly captures what it's like to be a fangirl. Loved this book.
Date published: 2014-11-01
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: 2014-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC Rowell is such an amazing author. I loved everything about this book.
Date published: 2014-07-23
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: 2014-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from uhh Surprised at the ending. I wanted more.
Date published: 2014-05-22
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: 2014-05-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Rainbow Rowell's "Fangirl" Fangirl is all about exposing yourself to new things. The main character Cath, and her twin sister Wren both start new lives in college without eachother. Cath being the anxious and reluctant sister, doesn't want to grow up and leave Simon Snow - a book series with great impact upon its large number of fans is basically Harry Potter in that world - and her popular Simon Snow fanfic behind and meet new people. At first, this was really engrossing, describing how actual fans behave and everything, but after reading into the middle of this series, it eventually became draggy, uneventful, and quite boring. After forcingyself to continue reading it, it redeemed itself with the family drama and reconciliations made. Honestly, it ended quite abruptly, not really giving much closure on some characters. Rainbow Rowell rushed its ending, even with much still going on. But overall it was an okay book.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fangirl A nice read, too, but not as fun as attachment.
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from *sobs* so it felt better now that i got a closure, but i'm not sure whether i like the ending or not. to be honest, it was a GREAT book, with every detail of it, but i don't know, there's something that bothers me.. it was a great book, a book that got me addicted, actually, but the best part was the characters. they were so real, and they had moments. just, umm, you know, i would want to be friends with them... *duh* well ugh it was great. being a fanfiction writer myself, i'm a proud fangirl right now. thank you rainbow rowell for your great taste in choosing words and uniting them!!
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fan girl Loved this book!
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fan girl I had fun reading it as I used to love fanfiction when I was younger.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fan girl Rainbow Rowell wrote a beautiful book, full of characters who you can relate to. She also captures friendship, and first love beautifully. If you don't have a sister, or even if you do but haven't had the pain of her moving away or pulling away, you will still feel Cather's anguish and loss of a part of her when Wren pulls away from her. Levi is an amazing guy too.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fan girl i really enjoyed this book. It is cute, funny, and a very lighthearted read!
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fan girl This was a super cute read. The characters are really lovable! Ahh the life of a fangirl
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fan girl The book was good, I would recommend this book to a friend.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly Wonderful I had this book recommended to me by a friend and while I was skeptical, this turned out to be a wonderful book. The characters become your friends and I was honestly sad when it was over. This book is wonderful and I will be recommending it to many people.
Date published: 2014-01-28
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: 2014-01-11
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: 2014-01-08
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: 2014-01-02
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: 2013-11-17
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: 2013-10-15
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: 2013-10-07
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: 2013-09-12