Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

88%

12 Critic Reviews

It is explained very easily to readers that change can be good or bad. Either way this book will teach you something you didn’t know, and teens may learn more about themselves or maybe learn more about life going on.
-Guardian

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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!

 

About Rainbow Rowell

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Rainbow Rowell, author of Elanor & Park, is a columnist at The Omaha World-Herald, where she writes about pop culture and lifestyles. She lives in Nebraska with her family.
 
Published September 10, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin. 481 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Fangirl
All: 12 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 26 2013

The novel’s brilliance comes from Rowell’s reimagining of a coming-of-age story’s stock characters...as dynamic and temperamental individuals...

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by bookworm.30999 on Aug 16 2015

It is explained very easily to readers that change can be good or bad. Either way this book will teach you something you didn’t know, and teens may learn more about themselves or maybe learn more about life going on.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Clarebear18 on Jul 31 2015

The reason I love this book is how likeable and relatable the characters all are and the little fan fiction chapters throughout which are kind of based on the Harry Potter series.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by XoXo, BOOK WORM_98 on May 21 2015

A book that you will devour in one sitting because leaving this world will simply be impossible. READ IT! – 4 stars.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by infernalpanemallegiance on May 04 2015

I don't think there's really much to say without spoiling the plot, but I would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially fangirls.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Themortalbookthief on Sep 22 2014

I highly recommend this book to readers from Teen to Adult. This is such a feel-good contemporary and will have you in giggles; smiling and blushing at the pages non-stop.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by some-infinities-katie on Sep 02 2014

...Fangirl is a unique book that feels like you are hearing about real people you know; I loved it and hope to read more books by the same author.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by ShazzSharingan on Jul 26 2014

...even at the slower parts in the story, Rowell has you wondering what happens next, as you get so emotionally attached to the characters, that you just HAVE to come back to finish the story. This is why I believe everyone should give this book a try.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Pinneo on Jan 06 2014

Not only has Ms. Rowell once again crafted an accomplished narrative filled with enviable humor and warmth. Fangirl also takes a big stand against the dangers of living too far inside of one’s private fictional universe.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 15 2013

Rowell makes all of Cath’s relationships—with her father; Wren; her acerbic roommate, Reagan; and, especially, Reagan’s ex Levi...touching and utterly real.

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Dear Author

Good
Reviewed by Jayne on Sep 09 2013

At one point, after he’s started to try and convince Cath to date him, Levi asks her, “Are you rooting for me to win?” Well, I was rooting for all of them.

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All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Jenna Harper on Mar 18 2014

I could gush for another few hundred words about Fangirl, but I’d rather just send you off to get started on this terrific story. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

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