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Fangirl, Vol. 1: The Manga

(Fangirl: The Manga #1)

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The manga adaptation of the beloved novel by #1 Bestselling author Rainbow Rowell!
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Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, everybody is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath just can't let go. Now that they’re in college, Cath must decide if she’s ready to start living her own l
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by VIZ Media LLC
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nyped I read this first even though the original book was on my to-read list for years. After finishing this first volume, I went ahead and read the book as…moreI read this first even though the original book was on my to-read list for years. After finishing this first volume, I went ahead and read the book as well. Now I'm gonna go back to the manga, feeling like I can appreciate it better with the details from the book. So, by looking back, I would say book first.(less)
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Apr 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
I gasped.
Literally did not know I needed this!

And it’s the first instalment out of 4 that we’re getting?!! I’m so emotional!
daph pink ♡
Screaming internally because this was way better than the book and I want my own Levi now (manga one) again, please and thank you.♥️✨🤩
To be honest, the optics of this (the work of a white author who has been accused of racism against Asian people in prior works and by and large refused to take accountability for that having her work turned into a manga, which then is overrepresented in awards for that category that year) are, well...the worst.

Regardless of my soft spot for Fangirl (large) or the fact that I may have thought this was cute (sometimes), I'm feeling very icky that this is the first manga I've ever read.

Please fee
Decided to treat myself on Christmas and finally read this book and... akshdjskak I loved it. This book makes me want to reread the book Fangirl all over again. I’m a HUGE lover of Fangirl, I’ve read it three times, and Cath is easily one of my most relatable characters of all time. With that being said, I do feel like this reads better as a novel, because you really get more into Caths head with her in her thoughts. But I would highly recommend this manga if you are already familiar with the st ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels

I'm going to start with an alarming statement: This adaptation was making me hate my all-time favorite book. Prepare for an epic Battle of the Books in this review of Fangirl VS Fangirl, vol. 1.


Nothing might top the excitement I felt before opening this illustrated adaptation of my favorite book. Maybe having a movie adaptation. This is the closest I might get to that wish. I thought it was going to be like having fanart of all my favorite scenes. I mea
Lauren Lanz
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fangirl, Vol. 1 -in my opinion- is even more enjoyable than the book. There’s something about this story that fits the manga / graphic novel formatting so well! The character dynamics and vaguely rom-com esque plot makes for some great visuals.
I’ll definitely be looking out for the next volumes in the future.

~★~ What is this manga about? ~★~

Fangirl follows Cath, a soon-to-be college student with a love for writing fanfiction. When the time comes for Cath to move into her dorm, she discover
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars
ahhhhhhhh this was so good!! it was better than the original book, mainly because of the visual effects. i loved seeing all the characters. speaking of characters, they were all so attractive akjdkladka i'm dying. i can't wait for the next one! i also need to reread fangirl at some point now lol. i'll probably get to carry on soon too :) and i imagine porg and ansel's rooms looking a lot like cath's room in this book: simon snow themed ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
they had no right making levi look that fine
I actually really enjoyed this manga version of the story far more than when I read the book itself.

The storyline was already cute, but I think the illustrations made it much better.

That being said, with scenes like:

and Snowbaz content and art, what's not to love?
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
It's been a while since I read Fangirl, but when I saw this manga adaptation up on NetGalley, I had to check it out. It was the kind of book I've wanted to re-read but been hesitant to do so because I was worried it wouldn't live up to my memory, and I figured a manga was a good way to re-read it without too much commitment. Thankfully, I actually think I like this storyline even better in manga format! Levi's cuteness comes across really well in the art and his expressions, and I feel like ther ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I read Fangirl when I was 14 now at 20 I’m falling in love all over again! Such a wonderful adaptation. The only negative is I have to wait for the next instalment.

ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I didn't know how much I needed this, really! I loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, the novel this manga is based on, and I'm so happy to say I loved this manga volume just as much! I believe it was a great transposition and I found in it all the enjoyable elements I remember liking in the novel. It was so nice to read about Cath in this new format. I'm really looking forward to reading the next volu
Dec 03, 2020 is currently reading it
I'm finally holding this baby in my hands!!! ❤️❤️😭😭 ...more
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 stars, without a doubt. I can't give anything less than a 5 when it comes to 'Fangirl'. ...more
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I forgot how nice was this book and the graphic novel brought back all the memories. I loved the art, it was literally so beautiful.

Ah and it’s not really a manga though since you read it as a graphic novel :)
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is a pretty good adaptation of a young adult novel that the transformation is complete. There's barely trace of it as a prose work. It can stand by itself as a manga.

That said, the characters are well developed, that time was taken for them to be fully immersed in the story, which having been adapted from an extant novel, served it well. It was a pretty good read, though the set-up took up half the space of the first volume, future readers could probably expect the narrative to move faster on
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Despite ending on a major cliffhanger I really enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of Rowell's Fangirl. I'm interested in seeing more of the fake Harry Potter universe (and I think Rowell has gone on to write stories in that universe), but even more so I'm interested to see where the characters go. The themes of identity, family, caring, introversion, mental health, love, and creativity are intertwined really well together, and the art is clean and strikes a nice balance between realism and ca ...more
Erica ♋️✨
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was so worth the read 🥰 i loved it so much!!! I can’t wait for volume 2

*now i am going to reread carry on byeeeee!!!!
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first read Fangirl in September of 2018, and it became a favorite book of all time. I saw so much of myself in the main character Cath, and took so much comfort in that. I was thrilled to hear that Sam Maggs and Gabi Nam were adapting it into a Manga! It's not my typical genre or format, but I'm overjoyed to say I loved it! I bought it today, and then read it in a couple of hours! I couldn't put it down, and when I reached the end I was devastated! I can't wait for the next three volumes! It f ...more
Lisa Wolf
So much fun! But now, I immediately want to (a) reread Fangirl (the novel), (b) reread Carry On, and (c) know when the 2nd volume of the manga is coming out! Please let it be soon!
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've never actually read the Fangirl novel by Rainbow Rowell but am always down to read manga, especially if it's nominated for a GR Choice Awards.

First of all, I loved it. I love the manga style, the artwork, the pacing, the flow, and the expressive facial expressions that perfectly encompasses Cath's awkwardness and Levi's silliness. Levi is just such a sweet, goofy, and loveable character! I also loved seeing the Simon and Baz "fan art."

I'm just going to go ahead and say that this was a f
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read Fangirl novel almost an year ago and it's been so long but since then, every once in awhile Cath and Levi would just pop into my head anytime. Their story still is one of the cutest stories I've ever read. I never got over it.

But still after reading this manga I realized how much i actually missed them. It was like reading the book for the first time all over again. I remembered all the little things I love about this story and also about Cath and Levi. And Simon and Baz. It's safe to say
lobelyys (tired af)
this was so good. a good recollection of fangirl, i wanted to reread it, but thankfully this was a good way to get back on it. obviously this isn't the full novel, just the 1/4 of the book. but the graphic is amazing and it's following the novel pretty well (imo). so get your hands on it!! ...more
I decided tonight to pick this graphic novel up from my tbr shelf and I wasn't a fan of it but I still enjoyed it and it was a quick and easy read. Next volume plz?? ...more
karla. (exodusqueen)
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
don’t be shy drop the next part
Nov 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
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My feelings are kinda mixed on this. Don’t read the manga of Fangirl if you’ve not read the novelization because you’ll be missing a lot of context. I also didn’t really love the flow of this? Idk how to describe it. This was my first manga I’ve ever read, so hopefully I’ll find some better ones. However, Levi in here though *wolf whistles*

(This was all over the place and I’m sorry 💃🚊)
Mikaela Garcia
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I like the manga edition as the book edition.
The art style was very good and hilarious.
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
Based on the super popular book by Rainbow Rowell we get a 4 volume comic edition from the biggest name in English translated Japanese manga, VIZ Media.

First off I’m going to say I’m a mega fan of Fangirl the book. It was my favorite book the year I read it and I’m a dedicated fan of Rainbow Rowell because the of it. She takes what seems like a typical trope and details it in such a way that it’s enchanting. I don’t think there’s a book she’s written I’ve not thoroughly enjoyed.

Fangirl vol 1 rem
Reem Reads
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have nothing more to say than that I liked the story being adapted to manga style and I liked Cath here more than I liked her in the book (I had some issues with her character in the first half of the original book). I'm really looking forward to the second volume!!
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SAM MAGGS is a bestselling writer of books, comics, and video games, including Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope, Tell No Tales, Con Quest!, and Marvel's Spider-Man PS4. A Canadian in Los Angeles, she misses Coffee Crisp and bagged milk. Visit her online at or @SamMaggs! ...more

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