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A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family and first love

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
Hardcover, 433 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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+ Bi-polar father
+ no boyfriend and never been kissed by College age
+ disgust of drunkards, especially those who do it just because everyone else does

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"That's All" Ash
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It’s like Rainbow Rowell writes in peanut butter and stolen moments and lazy eyelash wishes.

That’s the best and only way I can describe it.

It’s 433 pages of a guaranteed good day.

I’m so jealous of you guys right now, it’s crazy!

Because I can’t read this book for the first time again.

So when you finish it, and you’re just sitting there all thoughtful and wordless (grinning like an 8th grader with prom tickets)… You’re not alone. ;)

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This book’s about the good ol’ college experience.

*ahem*… The R
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Actual rating: 2.5
Levi said. “It’s hard for me to get my head around. It’s like hearing that Harry Potter is gay."
Ok, why the fuck are you referencing Harry Potter after having based the entire book around a fictionalized version of Harry Potter known as Simon Snow? Why?!

If you wanted a true sense of fandom, don't look for it here. Don't get me wrong, I liked this book, but it is a coming-of-age book that was misrepresented as a book about fandom. This would have been so much better if it had
Kristin (KC)
*6 Stars!*

I loved this story to infinity and beyond...

My favorite types of books are the ones that speak to you; directly to the reader. The ones that resonate so deeply within your psyche that you feel as though you're actually learning things about yourself in the process.

That is exactly what I experienced while reading Fangirl. If you were to judge by the cover and blurb alone, you may think this story is nothing but a quirky, fun read about an interesting girl addicted to writing fanfic. But
Steph Sinclair
It's time for Rainbow Rowell and I to break up.

I didn't want to admit it, but after reading all of her books now, I can safely say her writing style just isn't for me. It's like that time I cheerfully broke up with Cassandra Clare, though, admittedly, over different reasons. But this time it hurts. It wounds me to realize that I can't join in with all my friends, ride theRainbow iz Queenbandwagon, roll around in a meadow of flowers that magically whispers witty Rainbow Rowell quotes and feast at
Komal Mikaelson
Edit: Downgrading the rating to 4. When I look back now, there are some minor issues, which I initially overlooked. So, yeah, maybe a 4.5 read but definitely not a 5.

Initial Reaction After Completion

You know how we all cry at tragedies. We cry with Rose in Titanic, with Liesel in The Book Thief, with Harry in Shell Cottage, with Maya in Forbidden. We are a sentimental specie and we cry a damn lot.
But how many of us cry at an especially beautiful ending. When wounds heal, when all loose ends ar
And just like that, I'm finished.
Now what?
Dammit Rainbow, I'm going to be lost for the next week now, with no fictional boyfriend to curl up with at night.

I'm sure in your internet travels, you've all seen the comic that says "That moment when you finish a book, look around, and realise that everyone is just carrying on with their lives as though you didn't just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback."

That is me. Right now. At 1am.
Lonely, and alone. With no Levi to cuddle up to.

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I just LOVED this book! It made me so happy! Everything about it- just fantastic!

Cath is a twin. She is a writer. She is a Simon Snow fan. Quite possibly the biggest Simon Snow fan there is. Cather’s big thing is fanfiction. She takes her most favorite books, and writes her own stories. She makes the two main guys in the books gay and in love.
"It's bad enough that you have homemade Simon Snow posters," Reagan had said last night while she was getting read
WELL. FANGIRL. IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL RIGHT NOW. I read it, so let’s talk about it!

Things I liked:
- The examination of fanfiction as a type of literature
- The importance of family through sibling and parent relationships
- The importance of moving on and letting go (although I felt this plot point was drobbed and underdeveloped.. but the idea was there!)
- Adorable adorable romance
- Showing the reality of social awkwardness
- The alternate Harry Potter land
- That it made me pull almost an all-nigh

This review is long (even for me) and if you liked the book, you probably shouldn’t bother with it. (And yes, before you ask, the titles do refer to fangirling lore)

1. My Body is Ready

I was quite excited to read Fangirl, at first. Trusted GR friends have loved this book, and I thought it would actually be -a bit- about the fangirling life (which I have been living fully for a year and a half, so I was like “Oooh, my ELEMENT, yay!”)

Dear Got in Himmel, was I wrong.

Anyway. Let the Gam
So, you're burnt out on the New Adult genre.

You've read 30.5 books this year about fictional girls having the same college experience, like they are in some sort of perverted episode of the Twilight Zone. They have all been raped, abused, or raised by wealthy parents who do not care about them and keep them from the one they love, but its ok because after one roll in the hay with the reformed bad boy, these girls have life figured out. They get over their past, they stand up to their parents, t
ah, fanfiction. it is such a curious phenomenon to me. i find its very existence delightful and wondrous, but i know it is not for me, not really.

i've never loved any book or any character enough to read fanfic about. there are books i wish had sequels, sure, but i have never wanted to seek out work by people other than the original author about specific characters or worlds. also, since the relationshippy parts of books are usually my least favorite, and 90 percent of fanfic is slash and relat

Fangirl had quality. It was well-written, well-told and well-crafted. I had super high hopes! I know some of my friends said that this was the best book this year. But for me, it dragged and it was B.O.R.I.N.G. I was close to not finish it. I am glad I stuck it out but it felt like a chore. I was like – did I get another book than all the other reviewers?

It is a story about Cather who writes fanfiction and prefer her Internet friends. She is abandoned by her more outgoing identical twin when th

4.5 STARS.

Fangirl was such a refreshing and wonderful story! It's both a coming of age story about a girl starting a new life in college, as well as a friend to lovers story. From the moment I started reading it, Rainbow Rowell managed to suck me into the world of Cath, Levi, Simon Snow and all the other equally unique side characters. The author's easyflowing writing style made it seem as a very simple story at the time I was reading it, but looking back at it as a whole the story managed to
You know, it’s been so long since I’ve disliked a book to the point of wanting to rant about it that I was starting to think I’d lost my cynical edge.

So I guess that’s one point in Fangirl’s favor.

And, you know, I liked Fangirl at first. It seemed that it was going to do something new with a protagonist that wasn’t the typical quirky teen girl.

Here’s where I stop and give my short review before delving into a much-needed rant: The protagonist, Cath, is a wholly passive character who gets exactly
Christine Riccio
Loved this book <3 Full review/booktalk:
I want more.
This book was just so… refreshing! Reading it brought me to my happy place and we just all need books like this once in a while!

I think a big reason I adored this book is that I saw a lot of myself in our protagonist, Cath. Cath is an introvert who uses a hobby as a way to escape - hers is writing fan fiction. That was very easy for me to connect with. I could understand her passion and the importance of it to her no matter how others saw it. The book also brings up a very real setting during th
Jaime Arkin
When I saw the summary for Fangirl I knew I had to have it. You see… I’m a fangirl.

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Or at least I’ve been one. (haven’t we all though?) And some of you even know me from the Fan Fiction world. There… I said it. I’ve written and read Fan Fiction.

Fangirl is Cather’s story. She’s an identical twin and starting her first year of college. But nothing is as she had expected it to be. She expected very little to change when she moved out of her house into the dorms. See, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. She
Duchess Nicole
4.5 stars

This is one of the best YA books I've read in a long, long time. It's nothing like the bastardized NA books flooding the feeds lately. This is a wonderful coming of age story about a girl with some emotional instabilities (we all had them at that age) who is trying to move on with her life, trying to grow up and away from what she used to be. Problem is, she's sort of stuck. And she's not really sure if she WANTS to move on, only that she HAS to. Because you can't stop time, and when e
I pride myself on my cynicism. I pin it like a ribbon on the dark clothes I wear to broadcast my angst. So when it comes to Rainbow Rowell I’m conflicted because she’s now written two books--Eleanor & Park and Fangirl--that make me want to dress myself ROYGBIV style while frolicking in a vat of kittens.

This is not okay.

That is not to say I will stop reading Rainbow Rowell books. Because: why? Why would I deprive myself of her perfectly gooey stories that never descend to shallowness and alwa
Guys… this book, alright? This freaking book! I didn’t think I would end up not only enjoying it so much, but also being engrossed by it. My first impressions were that it was just over-hyped and I hated the twee cover, but when I slipped off the seafoam dust jacket and read the first few pages I knew I was in for a real treat.

We have Cath (short for Cather not Catherine*, but her name makes me think of Willa Cather and catheters, simultaneously. Youch!) who is famous online for her Simon Snow**
Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie

I was in book heaven all week. Fangirl was an AHHMAAAZINGG story, with the best characters, and the cutest, sweetest, cry-at-nigh-because-I-want-a-romance-like-this romance.
There were these small, subtle details that I would skim over in any other book but in this one, it was magic. To me, it's what made this book spectacular.

Cath’s whole life has been about Simon Snow. Both her and Wren, her twin sister, have read every book, reread them, dressed like the characters and most of all, created
Now, I’ve had one or two obsessions in my life.

Or maybe five.

Well, okay ten to be a little more accurate.

They were of course fandoms such as Buffy or Harry potter. I can’t say they were very healthy fandoms that made me jump out of bed and say, “Today’s going to be a fun day!” Because was it really going to be more fun than Harry’s day? Harry would be learning how to disappear and reappear then cast some killer magic spells while I just replayed my previous day over again.

I’m no longer apart
To be honest, I have no idea whether or not I liked Fangirl. I liked it much better than I did Eleanor & Park so that was definitely a plus. My enjoyment waves went up and down throughout the novel, which makes this a rather hard one to rate. Sometimes the way she phrased things was a bit weird and the dialogue was of the sort where I felt like I was reading book dialogue, if that makes sense. Like everything was planned out and calculated instead of being dialogue. It's not something usuall ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
When I first read Rainbow Rowell's Attachments, I was sure it was going to be one of those books that I loved, but never got to follow up. I'm sure some of you understand what I'm talking about. I thought to myself, I really love Rainbow Rowell for this book, but what are the odds she'll hit another homerun for me?

How wrong I was.

Fangirl is, in a word, amazing. Lyrical, poignant, funny, engaging, heartbreaking, heartwarming, and connected. I just felt so much sympathy for every single charact
Sonia ღ
The. Best. Book. Ever.

This can't be over. but it is. THIS BOOK IS ME. This book made me feel at home and at ease with myself. I can't express my love for it with words. I'm not Cath,i'm not so good with words.

Rowell has created a real fangirl and a real ordinary brilliant boy(Levi). Cath is such a structured character. You can't help but love her and understand her even if you're not a fangirl yourself. And since i AM a fangirl i found myself bound to the story like never before. I read this so fast because i loved

“To really be a nerd, she'd decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a must-read for every girl who consider herself a true bookworm. Why? Because all of us can find a little bit of ourselves in main protagonist, Cath. (And maybe even in her twin sister Wren.) This coming of age story about sisters, reading, first love, finding your own identity is a one of those I'll put on list of the books I'll want my (hypothetical) daughter to read one da
Wendy F
Carry On, Simon

Before I get to the review, can we just talk about what I love about this author? I mean, is it awful that I'm excited for my daughter to reach an age that's old enough for me to push Rainbow Rowell's books at her. Wondering what I'm talking about? Never fear, I have a list!

Reasons why I love Rainbow Rowell

1. Female characters that are real. They're not perfect. She writes about the heavier girl, and the nerdy girl, and the girl that's painfully socially awkward. On a personal l
So this is the second time I've read this (I mean its an audiobook, but that counts, right? Yes.) and I think I forgot how much I LOVE this book. I think I loved it more the second time and over a year later, to be honest. The characters are so real (as per usual with Rainbow Rowell), the dialogue is HILARIOUS and so, so great, and Cath's struggle with social anxiety is SO relateable and realistic. I'm probs going to sing the praises of this book until the end of time. If you still haven't done ...more
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