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Fangirl

Author:  Rainbow Rowell
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A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

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? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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Jul 14,2017
5

Another amazing book by rainbow Rowell (probably my favourite) this fully encapsulates the thought and feelings of Cather the books narrator, slightly introverted, has anxiety, very relatable (to me anyways) it's odd to find such an honest character. I fell in love with fathers world and with life through her eyes

Feb 08,2017
3

Cath is an introverted, nerdy and antisocial Fangirl who could spend the rest of her life writing about Simon and Baz. Wren is an extroverted, smart and confident girl who is basically the life of the party. Ever since Cath and Wren were born (as identical twins) they stuck together like glue. But now they're off to college and things change. Wren isn't at hands reach for Cath and it's different to what she's used to. 

Fangirl was an enjoyable read for me, with little touches of comedy, heartfelt scenes and especially romance. I wish it had more drama or action since it tended to be boring in some parts. Any girl who has a slightly nerdy side or likes a dramatic romance novel will like this. 

Dec 17,2016
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3.5/5

Slowish start. Busy plot. I liked a lot while I was reading it, until I actually finished it.

The romance between the characters was way more realistic than most contemporary stories I've ever read; the characteristics of the main characters were very much less stereotyped and more realistic in how people really are in modern society - not at all perfect, inside or out.

The ending was absolutely terrible, I mean I guess it ended on a positive note, but to be honest; there was no ending. No conclusions. Nothing. The only form of end in this story was the physical last pages of the story.
I literally got to the second last page of the story and realised that the book was feeling way too thin on one end for it to be the end, turned the page over and was so surprised that the acknowledgements were on the next page..

I got really into it around 300 pages in and then flew through it; once the relationship between [SPOILER] Levi and Cath started I was really intrigued as to what would happen, would there be arguments? Will it be an unrealistic relationship? It was a pretty realistic relationship compared to others I've read about in books, to an extent. Cath was really confident with Levi towards the end which was a little out of character to me but I guess people really do change.

3.5/5 because it was;

i. quite realistic
ii. pretty relatable
iii. really cute
iv. had extracts of different text
v. HAD A REALLY BAD ENDING

Oct 23,2016
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5

Honestly, at first I was bit hesitant to read this book. It was long and sounded super cheesy.

Yet when I read it I absolutely adored the characters. Although it does drag out it some bits, you get to meet Cath really well and it almost feels upfront and personal. I really liked that.

I also loved the snippets of 'Carry On' in there, it made it even more enjoyable to read.

It's a bit of a longer read but it;s definitely recommended :-)

Apr 18,2016
5

First of all I would like to say: WOW! 

This book was the very first book that I brought after I had started working, and once I got my first pay I ran straight to the book store down the street and brought a new book wih my own money; it was such a good feeling handing the money over at the counter, knowing that I had earned this book, this money. 

I'm so glad that my very first paycheck went towards such an amazing and well written novel! I had sat in the car on the way home after my shift, turning page after page, trying to fit in as much of Cath and Wren and Levi as I possibly could before my next day at work. And the pages honestly seemed to turn themselves! 

Rainbow Rowell has a serious way with words, and she brings such amazing and unique characters to the pages. Her understanding of the everyday fangirl and the struggles that come with having an overly sociable twin sister who just so happens to be your best friend (Not that that's an everyday occurence) is impeccable!

I think this book has an apeal to all those who need to get away from their own drama; Cath's drama is like a distraction from your own. This book is so relatable aswell; Family drama and secrets and surprises? Cath has all that too. Boy troubles? Cath checked it off the list a long, long time ago. Struggling with school? Hmmm, lets just ask Cath shall we...

The point is, this book is a must read for all of my fellow fangirls and fanboys out there, but also for all those hopeless romantics and YA lovers. It's unique, funny, entertaining, sweet, relatable and so much more all wrapped up in 500 pages of amazing literature, tied up in a pretty, ab-normal bow. 

I would definetely give this magnificent creation a 10 out of 10! A definite must read!

Jun 24,2015
4

This is totally different to any other books I have ever read. It opened a new world to me. I liked how Cath grew up the more the story goes on. I also loved Reagan's attitude, it added a whole new demention to story. Rainbow has created a lovely story of life. I really think you should purchase this adorable book, don't borrow it from the library, get your own copy?

Enjoy,

Chookwriter

 

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