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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?


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Fangirl
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4.4 / 5
It was great!
January 8th, 2015
It was a great book, was a great love story, not many twists but still kept me hooked. You will love characters and hate characters but you will remember them all
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S'good
December 30th, 2014
I felt like I was reading a book about my own experience about fangirls. Rainbow really captured the true fangirl in the character Cather and her struggle for acceptance from her sister. Overall this book was amazing and I enjoyed it.
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If you love Harry Potter and fanfiction, you will love Fangirl
November 1st, 2014
I read Fangirl a few months ago, and it's stuck with me, it was that great. If you've ever loved a book series like Cath loves Simon Snow (ie. Harry Potter), or indeed, if you've ever been a passionate fan of anything and also maybe like a romantic plotline thrown in your YA fiction, this is the book for you. Rainbow Rowell perfectly captures what it's like to be a fangirl. Loved this book.
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FANTASTIC
July 23rd, 2014
Rowell is such an amazing author. I loved everything about this book.
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uhh
May 22nd, 2014
Surprised at the ending. I wanted more.
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Rainbow Rowell's "Fangirl"
May 5th, 2014
Fangirl is all about exposing yourself to new things. The main character Cath, and her twin sister Wren both start new lives in college without eachother. Cath being the anxious and reluctant sister, doesn't want to grow up and leave Simon Snow - a book series with great impact upon its large number of fans is basically Harry Potter in that world - and her popular Simon Snow fanfic behind and meet new people. At first, this was really engrossing, describing how actual fans behave and everything, but after reading into the middle of this series, it eventually became draggy, uneventful, and quite boring. After forcingyself to continue reading it, it redeemed itself with the family drama and reconciliations made. Honestly, it ended quite abruptly, not really giving much closure on some characters. Rainbow Rowell rushed its ending, even with much still going on. But overall it was an okay book.
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Fangirl
April 28th, 2014
A nice read, too, but not as fun as attachment.
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*sobs*
April 27th, 2014
so it felt better now that i got a closure, but i'm not sure whether i like the ending or not. to be honest, it was a GREAT book, with every detail of it, but i don't know, there's something that bothers me.. it was a great book, a book that got me addicted, actually, but the best part was the characters. they were so real, and they had moments. just, umm, you know, i would want to be friends with them... *duh* well ugh it was great. being a fanfiction writer myself, i'm a proud fangirl right now. thank you rainbow rowell for your great taste in choosing words and uniting them!!
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February 4th, 2014
I had fun reading it as I used to love fanfiction when I was younger.
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January 31st, 2014
Rainbow Rowell wrote a beautiful book, full of characters who you can relate to. She also captures friendship, and first love beautifully. If you don't have a sister, or even if you do but haven't had the pain of her moving away or pulling away, you will still feel Cather's anguish and loss of a part of her when Wren pulls away from her. Levi is an amazing guy too.
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January 30th, 2014
i really enjoyed this book. It is cute, funny, and a very lighthearted read!
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January 29th, 2014
This was a super cute read. The characters are really lovable! Ahh the life of a fangirl
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January 28th, 2014
The book was good, I would recommend this book to a friend.
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Unexpectedly Wonderful
January 28th, 2014
I had this book recommended to me by a friend and while I was skeptical, this turned out to be a wonderful book. The characters become your friends and I was honestly sad when it was over. This book is wonderful and I will be recommending it to many people.
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1 person found this helpful
January 27th, 2014
Honest. Insightful. Real. If I were a faster reader (and had not started this novel on a work night) I would have inhaled it in one sitting... And may I say 'tis brilliant how Rainbow Rowell writes not only one book here--but two (maybe even three?). In addition to the coming of age story centered around Cather, Ms. Rowell also gives us the Simon Snow novels! Excerpts, mind you, but she obviously developed a full outline for that 'fictional' 7-book series as well as for Cather's 'fan fiction'. Ultimately what truly won me as a 'Fan' though is accompanying Cather on her journey of self-discovery... Leaving home and suddenly finding herself entirely on her own (or at least feeling that way) and discovering who she is and what she values as an individual--not just as a twin, a daughter, a friend, a girlfriend, a student, a roommate AND a Simon Snow Fan. But as Cath Avery.
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January 26th, 2014
I loved this book. Fantastic characters, engaging storyline. Rowell has a way of making funny not forced, and that's a talent all on its own. Her characters are so real, and I loved the premise and inclusion of the fan-fiction in this book. Charming and funny while being full of depth and heart. Total winner.
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January 26th, 2014
I loved this book. Rainbow Rowell writes the most relatable stories, and even though I am not Cath, I could relate to a lot of what she went through. The characters were all lovable, I loved how the characters develop over time. It was a very enjoyable read. Lighthearted, fun. occasionally emotional .
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January 24th, 2014
This is my favourite read of the year so far. The characters are so complex and quirky. Just loved every bit of this slow burn romance. Perfectly real and damaged and fragile. Can't wait for more from this author.
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1 person found this helpful
January 24th, 2014
At first glance, Fangirl positions itself to be a silly, fluffy piece about identical twin sisters and their freshman year at college, and how one sister in particular must navigate her way through this perilous and confusing time, all while trying to churn out chapter after chapter of fanfiction to her adoring online readers. And it is that book, sweetly refreshing, never taking itself too seriously, but it also manages to be so much more -- about mental illness, friendship, sisters, mothers, living as an introvert in an extrovert's world, and falling in love, safely and sensibly with someone who deserves it (no creepy pouty vampires here ladies and gentleman! and no love triangles! hooray!)
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January 23rd, 2014
Fangirl is a very adorable and light-hearted read that will delight readers who are fans of contemporary romance. Rowell has a way with words as well as creating lovely characters like Levi and Reagan. The only downfall in this book however, is I feel that the story has ended too abruptly. Other than that, I recommend this book to anyone who are looking to read something cute and fun.
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