Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell


From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

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?


This was one of those books that I simply COULD NOT put down once I started it. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. I read it while eating, brushing teeth, sitting on public transportation, you name it.

I can’t think of much to say other than a huge, huge recommendation for EVERYONE to read it. At first, I found the names really strange — Cather? Wren? But there was an explanation for them that made sense.

For some reason, when I first heard of this book, I thought Simon Snow was a musical artist. Go figure, it was about a book series. It turned out to be some strange Harry Potter-Twilight cross, with both magicians and vampires.

A lot of Cath’s problems were self-inflicted, and yet she recognized this herself… making it less annoying and more pitiful. I’m sure Cath resonated with teenage girls everywhere, struggling to find themselves, assert themselves, and deal with their commitments and past-times. The life of a fangirl was SO ACCURATE. My heart broke for Cath in so many places, and I couldn’t help but cry when things went wrong.

The book had Simon Snow excerpts thrown in at the end of every chapter, which I didn’t like very much. I simply couldn’t connect with the World of Mages — I wanted to know what was happening in Cath’s world ALL THE TIME. Likewise, it’s ending was pretty open-ended. I wish things had been tied up more definitively. Regardless, Fangirl wasamazing. Yes, I am totally fangirling over it right now.

Related Reading

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  • OCD Love Story – Corey Ann Haydu
  • The Summer I Became a Nerd – Leah Rae Miller

Rating: 5/5


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