Fangirl

Fangirl

Book - 2013
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Cath's love for the Simon Snow series of wizardry novels has gotten her through a lot, but now she faces a challenge even Simon never confronted--freshman year of college. The plot contains profanity and underage drinking.
Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, 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
Call Number: TEEN F ROWE
Characteristics: 438 pages ; 22 cm

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Cath's love for the Simon Snow series of wizardry novels has gotten her through a lot, but now she faces a challenge even Simon never confronted--freshman year of college.

Cath's love for the Simon Snow series of wizardry novels has gotten her through a lot, but now she faces a challenge even Simon never confronted--freshman year of college.

For Cath, fandom has gotten her and her twin through losing their mom. Now they are starting college and her twin is moving away from the fandom life, but Cath doesn't want to. When her twin abandons their roommates plan, Cath is stuck with a surly roommate and her always there boyfriend. Can Cat... Read More »


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WoodneathJenny
Aug 15, 2018

As a fangirl myself I could relate to this book on so many levels. I connected immensely with the main character and her obsession of Simon Snow. (I may have a similar obsession with Harry Potter.) Rainbow Rowell knows how to craft a story and her quick and witty dialogue makes all of her novels quick and enjoyable reads. If you have ever been wrapped up in any fandom you'll enjoy this novel.

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DPLbrian
May 09, 2018

Do you know someone a little bit too obsessed with Game of Thrones? Has your brother read the Harry Potter series a dozen times? Can you recite episodes of Friends from memory? Chances are, you or someone you know is utterly smitten with some fictional work. Just like the main character Cath in Fangirl. Cath writes fanfiction of this story's equivalent of Harry Potter.

Cath is so obsessed with her fandom that she lets it get in the way with everything else in her life. Her relationship with her twin sister. The new students she meets in college. Even her schoolwork. Fangirl is a modern take on the classic coming of age story of the young women who goes out into the world and loses her comfort zone.

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jezicuhh
Apr 03, 2018

Rainbow Rowell is an amazing writer and I cannot wait to read all her books. I suspect this is most likely the best one and the comments below seem to confirm that. The reason I did not give the book 5 stars is simply because sometimes Cath, the main character, annoyed me! Although I appreciate her hesitant nature, as she goes through the rough transitionary period of going off to college and leaving home, sometimes she was just illogical and childish because of her fears. Whenever she skipped her Psychology final and did not finish her final fiction writing assignment, I honestly wanted to give her a huge smack to the head. I was legitimately frustrated beyond belief with a fictional character! I also hate how hesitant she is with a guy who clearly likes her and values her. I also hate how closed off she was about her mom re-entering the picture. Basically, Cath is a bit of a pessimist and way too strong-willed, but still a (generally) lovable character.

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white_shark_329
Mar 23, 2018

I couldn't get enough of this book, nor could I put it down. The characters are so mysterious yet predictable, and it had just the perfect amount of humor with romance and fantasy and reality. I loved this book, and I can't wait to read Rainbow Rowell's other book connecting to this story (Carry On). PS. I can totally see Cath and I being best friends in real life!

SPPL_Anna Mar 13, 2018

My favorite of Rowell’s novels. Also my favorite of the new fandom focused wave of YA.

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basmoyed
Jan 26, 2018

This is a wholesome book! It gives hope to those of us who can really relate to the characters in this book. For the anxious, socially awkward people we are, and know, this is a mechanism of understanding why we behave the way we do and how with the right amount of push, we can take on the world. At times it makes you cringe for the main character but it keeps you on the edge of your seat too (atleast for me). It is also a book you can learn a lot from if you're in the age of the characters.

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udon13
Jan 05, 2018

This book is really good! I would highly recommend it. I just wished that there was a sequel.

ArapahoeTiegan Jun 11, 2017

I could not put this book down! I fell in love with the characters and the writing. This book felt like looking into a mirror - everything Cath felt about her first year at college was pretty much how I felt when I started college. The only differences being, I don't have a twin and I didn't live on campus. But her love for Simon Snow reflects my love for Harry Potter. While I have never written fanfiction, I understand the sentiment of the characters and the world feeling like home. Sometimes loving something so much it's almost like you know it better than reality. And Levi? I don't even know what to say about him besides "love." This book had so much, I don't even know how to touch on any of it. Let alone how it made me feel.. This one is going to stick with me for a while.

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lsmith15
May 23, 2017

I love love LOVE this book. It may be my favorite, or at least one of my favorites of all time. Cath is that awkward, quirky protagonist without being the generic manic pixie dream girl that we get in so many YA novels. She's a real person, I could see myself in her and I could see how so many other girls could see themselves in her. The romance is BEAUTIFUL and feels real and possible. This was a book that transported me - I laughed, cried, and danced with Cath.

MissMellissa Feb 03, 2017

This was the exact right book for me at exactly the right time in my life. An absolute joy to read from cover to cover. I cannot recommend this title enough.

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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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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“I choose you over everyone.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”

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VegasTraining
Apr 17, 2018

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Mar 23, 2018

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basmoyed
Jan 26, 2018

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Sep 20, 2016

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Aug 22, 2016

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Aug 22, 2015

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white_dog_462
Jun 29, 2015

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Jun 17, 2015

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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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MADKC4Ever
Sep 09, 2014

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

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