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Fangirl

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Rainbow Rowell

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  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • Format: Hardback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 214mm x 37mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 9 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1250030951
  • ISBN 13: 9781250030955
  • Sales rank: 1,069

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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? A "New York Times Book Review "Notable Children's Book of 2013 A "New York Times" Best Seller!

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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."

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By Nicole 08 Sep 2014 4

It took me a while to appreaciate the book, but in the end it kept me awake until 4 am because I couldn't stop reading it.
I see a bit of myself in Cath, even though I'm not that into fanfictions, and I really loved Levi. He's just so nice and well written.
I'm definetely gonna read other novels by the same autor. :)

By Moodyno1 10 May 2014 4

Favourite Quote: “I wonder…” she said, “if there was such a thing as time machines, would anyone ever use them to go into the future?”

After reading Eleanor & Park earlier this year and loving it, I knew I had to continue reading Rainbow Rowell’s works! I’m happy to say this book did not disappoint and I give it a 4/5 stars!

Let’s start with the characters, there’s Cath, who I actually really liked! She was an introvert who loved writing fanfiction (I can relate to being an introvert and I like to read fanfiction!). She was smart, caring, funny and damn she could write! She had a few issues (don’t we all?) but I was able to see past them and just enjoy her as a character. Then there’s Levi (I confess, I actually thought he was gay at first) but I just grew to love him! He was so sweet, friendly, nice, easy going guy and even though he struggled with reading, he found other ways to help him get through college, his determination was admirable. Their relationship together was good, I think I wanted a bit more but what I got was fine by me!

Other side characters included, Wren, Cath’s twins sister, who was a complete bitch during the first half of the book but she really grew on me towards the end! Then there’s Wren and Cath’s dad who was just so odd, I actually can’t find the words to describe him, he was interesting and I loved how much he cared about the girls! Reagan, Cath’s roommate, was awesome! Her lines cracked me up! There were other minor characters who I really didn’t care about like Nick and their Mum, I didn’t feel they added anything to the story.

As for the plot, I felt this book was so different to Eleanor & Park (Which in my opinion was much more serious and deep) but I liked a lot of the plot points. I loved the fanfiction element, how it was explained as borrowing characters not stealing them! However I didn’t like the Simon Snow series, I know it was supposed to be similar to Harry Potter, but for me it was too similar and it was done very badly! I wasn’t interested in the series at all therefore wasn’t interested in Cath’s fanfic about it. I will admit to skipping pages about Simon Snow and the fanfic because they just completely bored me. This was one of the reasons I couldn’t give this book a 5/5!

Other plot points such as the importance of family was done very well and it made me grateful for my family! The impact and the effect on the girls because of what happened in the family was very realistic. First love, friendships, college, mental illness, these are just a few other things this book touches upon and I think they all intertwined well in this book and made it entertaining!

Overall this book was really good and I recommend it to everyone! I cannot wait to continue with Rainbow Rowell’s novels!

By MissPageTurner 28 Nov 2013 5

Who is that fangirl everyone is talking about? She is inconspicuous, modest, dedicated and spends most of her days in front of her laptop writing new fan fiction. Cath and her twin sister Wren are about to start college, a more grown-up part of their lives. But Cath can't let go of the books that have kept her company for so many years.

Fandom and fan fiction are the overall theme of FANGIRL. Rainbow's third book teaches us that fan fiction can be a very important part of a teenager's life. Through their writing teens get a chance to stay with their beloved characters, expand their imagination, express their creativity and get in contact with other fans.

A fan can be found in every reader, too. How often have we read a book and couldn't stop talking and thinking about it? There are countless book worlds I would've loved to spent more time in. I don't read fan fiction nor have I ever written anything like it, but I could very well relate to Cath's obsession with her beloved Simon Snow books. I'm a fan of Cath and her passionate love for reading and writing Simon Snow fan fic. But I was no fan of Simon Snow himself (I haven't even read the last Harry Potter book).
Every new chapter is accompanied by a Simon Snow quote or snippet of Cath's fan fiction to support the overall feel of Rainbow Rowell's FANGIRL and acquaint the reader with his magical world.
These short snippets were fitting the stories' character and I liked to find out what Cath saw in Simon Snow's stories, what she loved about them.
Towards the ending of FANGIRL the fan fiction portions of Cath's story grow in relation to one big event she's looking forward to. The publication of the last book in the Simon Snow series. So, long pages of FANGIRL are filled with Cath's fan fiction about Simon and his (as Cath writes it) potential love interest Baz. Even though Cath's characters seem to grow in correlation with the actual FANGIRL story, her Simon Snow fan fic filled too many pages to keep my interest. At some point I was tempted to skip the Simon Snow parts altogether and continue with the actual love story between Cath and Levi.

Cath starting college is the perfect condition and setting for her to meet new people and maybe even fall in love. It's her chance to evolve and be independent but what if she is extremely shy and just wants to shut out the rest of the world except her sister Wren and her father?
Cath is drawn back into herself and unaware of the college life going on around her. Luckily there are her new roomate Reagan and her friend, possible boyfriend Levi who help Cath to enjoy a small portion of life outside her bubble. Cath certainly doesn't become a social butterfly overnight, her transformation is a slow one, but she learns how to work on her issues and finally accepts new people into her life.

Cath writes fan fiction, but always has a realistic and analysing gift when it comes to assess the people around her. The boys in FANGIRL don't come along born Gods, they don't have the shiniest teeth or most perfect features as Cath observes, who sees and likes them for the persons they really are.
See for yourselves how Cath and Levi first met (their first encounters are probably unprecedented in YA awkwardness) and what their relationship is all about. Theirs is a very unconventional love story. It takes Cath a lot of time to open up to Levi and they become friends first before they can even give in to any romantic notions. To tease you, you can look forward to the Outsiders scene which is one of my favourites in YA!

FANGIRL is not only about Cath's fan fiction and her love life. Rainbow Rowell found a bunch of other family and college-related aspects to weave together to a thick story mesh and well-written YA contemporary. It's about the many possibilities the new college world has to offer. About the difficulty to ever detach yourself from the ones you always had in your life as Cath's twin sister and their father mean the world to her. Is Wren doing okay on her own and what about her farther? Can he take to be all on his own after sending his two girls to college?
And ultimately FANGIRL is about finding out who you really are as an independent person and how to make certain things exclusively your own.


4,5/5 ****/* FANGIRL – An authentic and wholehearted bibliophile college experience. Rainbow Rowell is the new YA phenomenon!

FANGIRL is a brilliant book for readers looking for a YA contemporary read with the certain touch of magic. Sure I could've done without a good portion of the Simon Snow fan fiction we were given, but never would've wanted to miss out on FANGIRL. It's a very special read, with Cath and Levi's one-of-a-kind love story and Rainbow Rowell's great understanding for her characters.

By Laura 13 Oct 2013 5

You know when you read a book that is so perfect you do not want to stop and then you wonder why you started that book at night and then it is 3AM and you know you need to sleep but you just keep reading. Just because. Because the book makes you happy. This book is FUN, BRILLIANT, AMAZING and so many more good adjectives.


I have read all Rainbow Rowell books this year and every book is pure perfection, I can even decide which one is my favorite.


Are you a fangirl? Have you ever been one? Of anything, a tv series, a band, a book. If you have been one, you can relate to Cath, a Simon Snow fan, fanfic writer, sister, friend and daughter. As a pro fangirl I think is really scary how much I can relate to Cath, she is awkward but she is still badass (not Reagan kind of badass though), and has so many thing in her mind that reminds me of myself like the whole thing of not knowing where some places are and staying in her building with the protein bars (in my case is coffee). Cath is dealing with her new life, college life. Everything is changing, her twin sister Wren is changing, her father is breaking down, her roommate is hard to read, her classes are different, she does not have enough time a day to write: to be a fangirl. And there is a boy.. in her room, outside her room with his tall, skinny figure and he talks a lot and smiles A LOT. And life is changing.


Oh Levy. I freaking love him. If I ever meet a guy a little similar to him I will kidnap him. Levi is just Levi, the boy every girl needs and wants and if you say you do not you are probably lying. With his easy smiles, checked shirts an easy personality, he will become a friend to Cath, someone who will be there for her if she needs him, someone who actually listens to her and cares about what she is saying.


I loved Cath and Levi relationship, they actually talk and Levi does not make fun of Cath and of what she likes and he does not care is she just a girl with her lazy pony tail, comfortable clothes and weird hobbies. And they are so cute, sweet and funny and and I have so many feeling for them.

There are also other characters important characters that complete the circle of perfection that Fangirl is.

I loved Cath and Wren´ss dad. He is.. interesting. From the start I loved his personality and the connection he has with Cath. I think Cath is his favorite daughter (every dad has a favorite do not even try to deny it), they are similar in character while Wren is more similar to Laura /ugh Laura/. And that is another thing that makes me relate to Cath, I always worry about my dad while my brothers and sister act more like Wren.


Cath´s roommate Reagan is the girl no one admits they want to be, but she is cool and does whatever she feels like doing, she is scary and has a strong personality that will make you like her from the start.

Wren is nice... I probably disliked her (and Courtney) 70% of the book but I understand the whole change she had. I think Cath was going through similar things and they only chose different paths to deal with their problems.

FANGIRL is a coming of age story that will make you see things how they really are, the realistic kind of college experience. Normal characters with real problems that the normal population has been through or is going through. There are tons of good things I could say about this book but I will just stop fangirling over it. I will probably read every Rainbow Rowell book until the end of times.

By Heather Rosdol 15 Sep 2013 5

Can I have 10 stars please!!!


Just go buy it and read it. See if you don't think it's one of the best stories ever! For me, it's up there with Gayle Forman and John Green's books. Just One Day this year was one of those books that still has an effect on me. Anything John Green writes does that. I've had to start a new shelf. Special, Special Books. Anne Ursu also goes on that shelf. And so does Rainbow Rowell.

The characters in this novel I loved them. I was jumping a little trying to edge Cath a little bit pushing her to go just a little bit further whether it was with her dad, Wren, Simon/Baz or Levi. I just wanted her to succeed at everything she tried. She just needed someone to pull her out of her shell, her tiny little world and somehow, she got paired with people that would help her with that.

Levi, just like his name says, he's like a comfortable pair of old blue jeans. He's relaxed, broken in, easy going. He just seems to know what to say all the time. He's always smiling. He's, as Cath says, "like a Golden Retriever". I want Levi the Golden Retriever. He is absolutely the sweetest boyfriend I've ever read about. And thankfully Cath and Levi are drama free. And yet so captivating and engrossing.

Then there's Cath's and Wren's relationship with each other, with their dad, with their mom, it's just so much about relationships. And there is a badass roommate that definitely would have scared me off my first year of college named Reagan that Cath lives with.

Rainbow Rowell just seems to know people and how to write them so well. Being inside of Cath's head, it was so comfortable and when I thought I knew everything about her and how she felt, she still surprised me. I love Cath!

And her fanfiction...I don't read fanfiction I have so much to read already. I've bought hundreds of books I haven't read yet. But I might start. I loved the Simon Snow fanfiction and he wasn't even a real story! I loved it!! I couldn't wait to read the stories.

This is just an amazing story about college, about facing new and scary things. About leaving home and some of the pitfalls of that first year. Of first love and how scary that can be. And about living life by your own rules and other people being okay with that. You don't have to change who you are to be liked. And maybe your brand of crazy isn't that crazy at all. It's an amazing story that all lovers of contemporary YA and YA romance will love.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher for review through NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Praise for "Eleanor & Park" ""Eleanor & Park" reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book."--John Green, "The New York Times Book Review" "This sexy, smart, tender romance thrums with punk rock and true love. Teen readers--not to mention their Gen X parents--will swoon for "Eleanor & Park"." --Gayle Forman, "New York Times" bestselling author of "If I Stay" and "Where She Went ""A breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders." --Stephanie Perkins, author of "Anna and the French Kiss" and "Lola and the Boy Next Door ""Sweet, gritty and affecting...an unforgettable story about two misfits in love." --Courtney Summers, author of "This is Not a Test" and "Cracked Up To Be ""Rowell shows us the beauty in the broken." --Stewart Lewis, author of "You Have Seven Messages"