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Fangirl Paperback – Unabridged, 30 January 2014
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A funny and tender coming-of-age story that's also the story of a writer finding her voice...touching and utterly real., Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Authentic dialogue, a remarkable empathy with adolescents and an honest portrayal of young, vulnerable love make this a riveting read., Lancashire Evening Post Published On: 2014-03-31
This novel is funny, sad, clever and entertaining., Armadillo Magazine Published On: 2014-03-31
A treat for teenage girls on the lookout for a novelistic take on first love... clever enough to keep you reading on., The Daily Telegraph Published On: 2014-04-14
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- Publisher : Macmillan; Unabridged edition (30 January 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1447263227
- ISBN-13 : 978-1447263227
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Item Weight : 341 g
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cath is obsessed with harry potter like simon snow books. Cath writes fanfiction about the two male characters simon and baz she is quite the star in the fanfiction world. Cath is an introvert instead of interacting with people having the "college" experience she sits in her room writing fanfiction only leaving the room for class.
Cath has to deal with her room-mate reagan who is completely opposite to cath and levi who is reagan's friend and hangs out in their room a lot he develops a friendship with cath. Cath takes writing classes and struggles with origanal writing vs fanfiction. Cath makes friends with a classmate who only wants to talk about words She is worried about her dad who is alone at home and wren with whom her relationship is growing distant . Life is getting hard for cath can she make it without wren ..... Will she leave simon behind like wren is she even ready ?
My take i absolutely loved this book. There was a lot of hype surrounding this book and it lived up to the expectation. Fangirl is real, the romance is real the people are real the issues they deal with are real . In between the chapters there are excerpts from either the fanfiction written by cath or from simon snow books it is unrelated to the story but some how fits in. Rainbow rowell writes an engaging relatable story i could totally identify with cath . After i was done with fangirl cudnt stop fangirling over it.
I am asking you to read it because its not just about fanfiction its charming quick paced read dealing with issues of social anxiety ,family, friendship slow and steady realistic romance taking risks academically and personally.
Why not?? PERFECT characters, PERFECT plot and a PERFECT romance. A balance of friendship, love and family.Plus a whole load of fanfiction. OMG!!!!!!! I love all of Rainbow Rowell's books, but this is by far my favorite.
This story not only brings out the contrast between the two girls, but it shows us that the world has a lot to offer if we only let it. Cath learns to find her way, forming a weird bond with her roommate, finding love and facing betrayal from a classmate. Dealing with all this makes her stronger and she learns to open up more. We are shown how the girls are quite similar yet different and the reader will come to love all the characters.
The characters are relatable and quite real, making it easy for the reader to understand them. The emotions are real and the events in the story are such that they could easily happen to any of us. On the whole this story is about getting out of one's comfort zone and learning to live. Even though the focus is on Cath, we get a glimpse into who her twin is, how their father is coping with life and how they deal with college and growing up.
A wonderful book in the YA genre, Fangirl is worth picking up and giving in to.
~i think people should read “carry on” first & then go for fangirl cuz they’re so many major spoilers for “carry on” in fangirl & if you did love simon & baz then i’m pretty sure you’ll also do love a nerdy girl who writes lots of fanfic about snowbaz in love.
~honestly i’ve read so many rant reviews about this book before.....i think people really don’t get the humor in this, they’re just getting offended for no reason 🤷🏻♂️ i just see no reason to hate this gem.
~Anxiety was tackled so well in this book through our main character cath. like there were few moments where it just hit me so hard into my body which made me feel things.....i just teared up & the relationships with family, friendships & also love was perfect....that’s all i’m saying “perfect”
~cath brings us more simon & baz, she’s just literally living through them but then at university she started to notice things maybe that’s cuz of her twin sister “wren” ignoring her all the time at college or maybe it’s cuz of her roommate “Reagan” who feels cath is such a weirdo or maybe it’s Reagan’s boyfriend “Levi” who’s always with this happily-everything-is-bright kinda smile or maybe it’s cath’s new fiction writing partner Nick or maybe just cath is worried about her dad’s health.
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Cath lives and breathes fandom. She and her twin sister Wren devoured a children's fantasy series called Simon Snow. They wrote wreathes of fanfiction, hung out in forums and went to late night book releases. Their obsession grew at the same time their mother had left them. In that sense it was not so much a craze but a way to cope. For Cath, it was not only the option to live in someone else's world, but to have their words become yours. In writing fanfiction, she ensured that the story that comforted her during the painful separation, never ends. This is a notion that really hit home. Cath takes comfort-zone to a whole new level.
As the sisters head off to college, Wren is keen to become independent and live apart. So Cath is faced with a terrifying new life, away from a once inseparable twin and a father who also never fully recovered from the family trauma. We soon realize that this is more than your usual freshmen jitters. Cath has trouble engaging with new environments and people, preferring to almost starve than ask where the food hall is. A big bulk of the novel focuses on how she navigates through this, with the help of some zesty characters and a cute farm boy. This is when the plot slows a little, but the author easily maintains a constant liveliness to the story.
Cath is a very sweet character and I imagine she speaks to many types of 'fangirls'. We all understand how special certain books are, their characters, worlds and most importantly their words. We root for Cath to grow in confidence and independence, not so she can cast away her past but so she can finally create her own stories.
I found some of the side characters unlikely at first, such as the main character's sister, but by the end of the book she had grown on me.
I love Rainbow Rowell’s books. There has not been one that I have read that I have been disappointed in. She has a brilliant voice for YA fiction. Fangirl is another fantastic example. It I a coming of age novel – my favourite kind – about self discovery and it accurately shows the realities of attending college and the mental strain it can put on people and also the how difficult it can be to find your place.
I really sympathise with Cath. She just seemed like she was spinning so many plates that the entire emotional crash was inevitable. Besides issues of mental health and anxiety, Rowell presents a whole host of other issues for us to bask in such as first love, family disconnect, alcoholism, abandonment. Fangirl really is a multidimensional novel.
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