Fangirl

Fangirl

Book - 2013
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Cath struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250030955
1250030951
Characteristics: 438 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Fan girl

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WCLSAdults Sep 23, 2014

Being consummate fans of the Simon Snow series helped Cath and her twin sister, Wren, cope as little girls whose mother left them, but now, as they start college but not as roommates, Cath fears she is unready to live without Wren holding her hand--and without her passion for Snow.

“At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. As sharp and emotionally resonant as Rowell... Read More »


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g2021g
Mar 30, 2021

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is amazing. Wren and Cath are twin sisters who are polar opposites in terms of their personalities. Both girls go to college and split apart. Cath, who is very much an introvert, finds love while helping her sister deal with a drinking problem while also helping her dad who suffers from bipolar disorder. This book is an overall hit for anyone who is dealing with a major shift in their life that needs reassurance that everything will end up being okay.
I loved the fact that there was a fandom going on inside this book. I also loved that this book truly explains what college is and what it is about. The characters in this book also are very well-developed, which made me feel as though I were Cath and watching everything that happened in the book unfold right in front of me. I would highly recommend this book for lovers of a classic coming-of-age story and first loves.
Age Rating : 13+
Star Rating : 8/10

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cajenkin
Mar 21, 2021

I thought Fangirl was/is brilliant. Author Rainbow Rowell skillfully narrates the story of Cath, a first year student at the U of Nebraska burdened with a hostile roommate and an author of Simon Snow, popular online fanfiction set at a boarding school for magicians (think: Harry Potter with several twists). First year students Simon Snow and Baz Pitch are roommates and sworn enemies. What a delight to learn that there are two Simon Snow sequels.

WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

So...I had really high expectations, and I think that was my first mistake.

I didn’t hate it, I actually quite enjoyed it, but I took a star away because I hated Cath for the first ⅔ of the book.

She was immature, winey, scared of EVERYTHING and just someone I couldn’t connect with. None of these things are bad, and I acknowledge that there are real people out there that can see themselves, and their struggles in Cath. But she just wasn’t for me.

I spent a lot of the story just frustrated with her and I think it affected my enjoyment more that I would have liked.

I also want to mention that if I had read this book when it came out, I probably would have given it 4, maybe 5 stars. But at this point in my life, I felt like it was just a tad too young and naïve for me.

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labraden
Feb 26, 2021

Cath has been writing fanfiction about Simon Snow ever since she read the first book in the series about him, and it has not only made her an excellent writer, but has also earned her a very large fan base online. Her twin sister, Wren, has always been part of her writing process, but now that they are about to embark on their first year of college, Wren does not want to room with her. Cath is devastated, especially since she is scared of what she will face, as well as knowing that they are both leaving their bi-polar dad at home alone. When Cath arrives, she meets her roommate, Reagan, who is mean to her and has a weird boyfriend that keeps hanging around their room. After several disastrous events, the only thing Cath wants is to go home and take care of her dad, but fate, family, and friends convince her to make a different decision.

Cath's story alternates with excerpts of the original Simon Snow novels and Cath's fanfiction, mirroring parallel events and themes as well as symbolism. I've heard great things about this book, but I had trouble identifying with the characters and the Simon Snow stories. However, the deep emotions of the characters comes through loud and clear, making it easy to empathize with them. Moreover, the characters are likable and easy to root for. Overall, this is an enjoyable read that, for me, doesn't quite live up to the hype.

JCLShannonG Dec 02, 2020

This book holds a special place in my heart. I find myself re-reading it at least once a year because I just can't get enough of these characters. So lovely.

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mnoelanivega
Oct 07, 2020

Read it over and over again. Great for a casual read, yet still impactful and leaves you feeling satisfied like a warm mug of apple cider.

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ashleyha0321
Sep 30, 2020

Fangirl is definitely a cutesy, quick read, perfect for curling up with on cold days under the covers. The story deals with college freshman Cather (Cath for short) learning to adapt to her new, more independent life, as she struggles with the growing distance between her and her twin sister. There’s also the fight against her feelings towards a boy who’s constantly hanging around her dorm and the constant worry she has for her father back home. I found this book to be particularly fun to read because we get to see a clear character development and growth within the main heroine. If you’re into romance and have ever “fangirled” over anything, you have to pick this one up.

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feelspecial101
Aug 10, 2020

The book Fangirl reminds me of my first time at middle school, like a box full of surprises. Cath is a college freshman, but is having a tough time since she has to do everything by herself from making friends, preparing for finals to all the way to going out of her dorm to find the cafeteria. Cath is an identical twin with Wren. They spend most of their lives together and now are going their separate ways. Cath is also passionate in fan fiction writing about Simon Snow, a book series. This book was a bit boring in the beginning, but once you continue reading it, it gets really interesting!

CaitlinG_OshLib Aug 05, 2020

A quirky, offbeat story about fanfiction, finding yourself, and finding others.

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middela07
Aug 04, 2020

Summary:
Fangirl is about Cather “Cath” Avery’s life in her first year of college. Cath has a passion for writing that made her join a Fiction-Writing class, and write Carry On, which is a fanfiction novel for the “Harry Potter” series in her world, called the Simon Snow series. But her twin sister, Wren (the former co-author of Carry On) decides to go to another university, and leaves Cath to take care of her father’s mental needs and finish their fanfiction novel alone. With her roommate’s distractingly omni-present boyfriend, and her classmate with scandalously good looks, Cath struggles to maintain love, family ties, and her passion in her notorious procrastination of life. This epic has Cath’s difficult daily-struggles of college life and snippets of her fanfics, giving the readers views of both college life and the world of fan fiction.

My opinion:
Overall, I really liked this book for the unique characters, and the fanfiction in between. I was surprised with the fact that this book has very relatable events people have to encounter on a daily basis, and how to approach them, such as betrayal and sibling relationships. I expected Fangirl to be just a bit more amusing in comical situations, but there wasn't much comic. I like this book more than I thought I would, because of the themes discussed. One thing that really intrigued me are the different viewpoints of the character, and made me understand why the main character, and other people, would feel that way. I loved the mood of the story- the cozy, homey feeling it gave- for the many places she visited. The main character herself, Cath, is inspirational because of her passion
being successful, and her positive relationships with other characters.

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ArapahoeTina Mar 11, 2020

Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I'm a complete disaster.

ArapahoeTina Mar 11, 2020

But you're so helpless sometimes. It's like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.

ArapahoeTina Mar 11, 2020

Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“But you're so helpless sometimes. It's like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“You’re never going to find a guy who’s exactly like you—first of all, because that guy never leaves his dorm room.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“That moment," she told Cath, "when you realize that a guy's looking at you differently—that you're taking up more space in his field of vision. That moment when you know he can't see past you anymore.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“You give away nice like it doesn't cost you anything.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“How do you not like the Internet? That's like saying, 'I don't like things that are convenient. And easy. I don't like having access to all of mankind's recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don't like light. And knowledge.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“I miss you."
"That's stupid," she said. "I saw you this morning."
"It's not the time," Levi said, and she could hear that he was smiling." It's the distance.”

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Mar 30, 2021

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middela07
Aug 04, 2020

middela07 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jul 30, 2019

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Mar 23, 2018

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Jan 26, 2018

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Sep 20, 2016

mausi13012003 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 15

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Jun 20, 2016

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suddnayy
Feb 05, 2021

This book was one of the first “young-adult” novels that I read as a teenager and it made me fall in love with romance. This book starts off with explaining the lives of a pair of twins and their experiences while being for the first time as they went to college. This coming-of-age love story is able to show readers the process and experience when going to college, as well as how the main character is able to make friends. Although the romance and heartwarming parts of this book were very pleasing, what I found most attractive about this book is the story of how the main character was able to keep their family united. Even through the hardships. The bond that the family of three (main character’s father and twin sister) share was something that really made me think about the importance of having a family behind your back to lift you up. Personally, I was able to relate to the main character’s sister the most because I also view college as a place to be separated from my family and finally be independent. Overall, I loved the lessons that this book was able to give me and how it gave me a sneak peek into what my future college life may be life.

ArapahoeSusanW Oct 18, 2016

College transition, fandom and first love. Another winner from the author of Eleanor and Park!

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Follows Cath Avery's adventures throughout college.

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

The events of the book take place during Cath Avery's freshman year at college. When it turns out her identical twin Wren does not want to room with her but meet new people, Cath is alone and without her twin's support for the first time in her life. The only consistency in her life becomes her daily posts in her lengthy and hugely popular fanfiction novel, Carry On, Simon. Between juggling a brusque roommate, her changing relationship with her sister, and her concern for her father's mental stability, Cath's college experience is a never-ending rollercoaster ride of both ups and downs that will expose strengths she never knew she had.

LibraryK8 Jun 24, 2014

In the age of tumblr, fanfiction and fanart, Cath is a relateable character for any teen who has geeked out over a book, tv show or movie. Starting her freshman year of college, Cath is facing several new obstacles. Her twin sister Wren doesn't want to room with her so “they can meet other people.” She is dealing with her father’s mental illness. And college has taken time away from completing her epic online fanfiction Carry On written in the world of Simon Snow (a character reminiscent Harry Potter). On top of it all, Cath might be falling in love with her roommate's boyfriend.

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green_ant_2572
Jul 30, 2019

Coarse Language: There is some language used throughout the book.

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MADKC4Ever
Sep 09, 2014

Coarse Language: The "F" bomb is used, though sparingly, throughout the book.

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