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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, 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 i
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Kindle Edition, 483 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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 ha
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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
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Steph Sinclair
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like character-driven novels
Recommended to Steph by: Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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 the Rainbow iz Queen bandwagon, roll around in a meadow of flowers that magically whispers witty Rainbow Rowell quotes and feast
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Emily May
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
“Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.”

I enjoyed Fangirl. Though the way I feel about it is almost exactly how I feel about Eleanor & Park. They are both cute books with complex, well-developed characters, and yet I feel like something is missing that just holds both books back from being truly memorable.

Rowell writes quirky, detailed characters that are different and honest. I liked the antisocial, awkward and weird Cath. I thought her story - both as a popular fanfic
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
IDK WHAT TO SAY OTHER THAN I LOVED IT. IT WAS SO GOOD. GO READ IT IF YOU HAVEN'T. ...more
Kristin (KC)
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kristin (KC) by: Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
*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
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Zoë
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reread October 2015: AHHHHH I felt all the love for this book that I felt the first time plus more! I love everything about this book and I want to reread it again immediately ;D

Original review from December 2013: Fangirl was so cute and relatable! I loved every single character and their relationships with each other. Rainbow Rowell's writing style is wonderful and I can't wait to read more books from her!
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Maria
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.2/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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

― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl


I honestly adored this book. I adored the complex characters, the fandom aspect, the writing, the setting, the romance. This book was a true delight. I got a bit confused, at first, with the narration of this book being in third person, while most books of this genre are written in first person, but fan fics are always written in third person. I hope Rainbow
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Elena May
Such a difficult review to write! Some parts of this book were well written. But, at the end, it all boils down to one thing.

The main message was so wrong.

Before I go on, let me make one thing clear – I’m not giving this book three stars because I hated the message it was trying to push. I always do my best to rate books objectively, based on the quality of writing, plot structure, characterization, etc. I may not always succeed in separating my own enjoyment from my rating, but I try. I am
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Cecile
May 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
***WARNING***

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
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The Burning Rose (Jess)
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars.
I remember being 12 years old. I was a girl who didn't so much love the real world, who didn't like people communications. A Little misanthropic girl with attraction to inner worlds. Even then, I had invented my inner world; My own characters, my own storylines, beginnings and endings, love and hate, black, white and even colorful. Breakups, disappointments, quarrels, mental problems, anxieties. These are all difficult moments in my characters' lives, but I could handle them. Why? I d
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Christy
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 AMAZING & SPECTACULAR STARS!!!

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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 rea
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Nat
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, favorites
“You don’t do magic,” she said, trying to smile modestly and mostly succeeding. “You are magic.”

My annual reread of Fangirl has been completed (2 years and going), and it just gets better and better.
Sometimes, on a gray day, I flip through this book to cheer myself up or to remind myself that everything will be okay. And it does its job every single time, which I’m more than grateful for. It’s like a consolation, an old friend, a favorite old, comfy sweater. Fangirl is everything.
And because of
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I'm an introvert. A lot of people don't think I am because I'm very involved in a lot of things - I'm in a lot of clubs, I host a book club (IRL and online), and I like to plan parties for people. But I am an introvert, because too much socializing exhausts me, and I need a few days to kick back and just curl up with a book to recover. It's not that I'm antisocial, it's just how I am. I love being with people, but I can't do it all the t
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Lauren
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Ashley Nuckles
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Screaming internally because I want my own Levi now, please and thank you.
Ariel
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Gabby
I just finished rereading this book for the third time, and honestly this book is just everything. It's officially my most reread book of all time, and I just love and adore Cath so much - she's the most relatable character of all time to me. This time around I loved it even more and I forgot how much I love Levi and Ragen and her Dad. Her complicated relationship with Wren actually hit petty close to home this time around, and parts of this book made me cry. Ugh I just loved it so fucking much. ...more
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
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Lauren
Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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Hannah
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was everything I wanted and more. I absolutely loved it <3
jessica
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
awww. you guys. i really liked this.

ive never read/written fanfiction but, wow, i relate with cath so much - i think anyone who has a major passion in their life can. i love how this story explores the idea of maintaing who you are when placed in a new environment. college is a time in many peoples lives where they go through changes, but i love how this story shows that its also okay to stay the same and not give up things that make you happy.

so if you are ever having a bad day, this is the b
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
“Accidental buddy read” with the amazing Maks! ;-)

When I began to read “Fangirl” I was looking for something fluffy and nice and after finishing the book I can say that I actually got everything I expected! *lol*

This book was indeed very fluffy and nice and it made me smile and caused me to chuckle and it was sometimes silly and strange but also serious and sad! XD So yeah I got the whole range of human emotions and I definitely didn’t regret to read this book! =))
(I’m truly sorry that Maks did
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emma
I read this. Again.

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I'm reading this. Again.

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Exactly one star less worthy-of-fangirling than I remember it being. Still fun. Not life-changing. But we’ll get there. (I think that’s like, my new catchphrase. I’ve said that so many times in my recent reviews. I had always hoped when I got a catchphrase, it’d be something cooler. I don’t have an example of a cooler one - if I did, don’t you think I’d be using it?!)

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Nat
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread
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Why I Fangirl over Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl (Spoilers: Levi)

If you've been following my reviews for a while now, you probably know by now that Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl is an all-time favorite of mine; I make sure to reread it every single year.

This time around, I decided to revisit the book through a different medium by checking out the audiobook for the first time, as I mention in the Parks and Rec book tag (where I feature Reagan for Ron Swanson's question, yet somehow still wound up inclu
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 Teodora
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
3.35/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

Okay, storytime: Once upon a time there was this introverted girl (aka me) who read about another introverted girl (aka Cath from Fangirl ) and found her so introverted that went like eek, am I like this too??

End of story, sad story but true story.

I really liked the general idea this book was based on – a girl so in love with a fictional world that she started writing her own fanfiction just to keep the magic alive. I can definitely relate,
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Christine Riccio
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved this book <3 Full review/booktalk: http://youtu.be/x6DmZnc6Nd8 ...more
Samantha
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! As someone with anxiety who also has immersed herself in fandom since high school, this was almost the perfect contemporary for me. I still struggled with whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. Who knows... After a day I may come back to give it 5.. I did read it in one day after all.
the burning dreamer.
Yes, I'd like me one Levi Stewart please, thank you.

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(Art by this very talented human.)
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Book Song: Afraid by The Neighbourhood.
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karen
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK, FANGIRL and THE SIMON SNOW BOOKS.). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

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