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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
Branch Call Number: FICTION Row
Description: 438 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Fan girl


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Cath is a fanfiction writer who is struggling to get through her first year in college. With a difficult roommate, an ailing father, and a handsome boy, her ups and downs are helped by her favorite book character, Simon Snow.

When Cath started college, she never imagined she'd grow apart from her twin, have a difficult roommate, or have so many ups and downs in love. Luckily, she has her fanfiction to keep her going - until she relies on it a little too much.

College freshman Cath struggles with school, friendship, and family while writing popular fan fiction about her favorite book character, Simon Snow.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015

Fangirl is about stepping into a new world before you are quite ready to make that leap. It is also about first love, creativity, confidence, patience, and forgiveness.

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Jan 05, 2018

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

AL_TIEGAN 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.

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.

movieangel Jan 23, 2017

Through Cath, Rainbow Rowell navigates the tough transitions between high school and college, between what's comfortable and what's new, between living in a writer's world and living in the real wold. Her story is alternately funny, poignant, and honest, making this one of the rare books that I simply couldn't put down.

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

My first introduction to Rainbow Rowell and I am impressed. This didn't strike me as a page turner but I stayed up until 2 am last night just to finish it. Very sweet, very quirky and very very well written.

AL_KAYLA Nov 08, 2016

I was so happy to read this book taking place during the main character's freshman year of college, rarely do I see an author tackle this time period and Rowell does such a great job of writing about it. A coming of age story, with plenty of awkward turmoil, family dilemmas, and triumphs. You fall right into the character's world.

Sep 02, 2016

Amazing characters, amazing book!

Aug 30, 2016

Amazing book about college life and a secret double life writing fan fiction. One of my favorite books of all time.

haklh Aug 23, 2016

Rainbow Rowell is magic. I liked Eleanor & Park, but it was too grim for me to _enjoy_ as such (gripping, yes; fun, no). But Fangirl left me with a big smile on my face (after staying up way too late to keep reading because I just had to find out what happens).

The author really showed great skill with Fangirl, because she has taken a bunch of classic coming-of-age tropes - leaving home, starting college, learning independence, first love etc - and turned them into a fresh and likeable story. Her Simon Snow metafiction is a brilliant tribute to Harry Potter but is also funny and exciting in its own right.

My only complaints are that Cath seemed too neurotic at the beginning of the story, and that I would have liked more character development in Wren, who is Cath's twin.

Overall, 4.5 stars. Now I have to read Carry On!

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Aug 30, 2016

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

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.”

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.”

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.”

Aug 30, 2016

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

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.”

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.”

Aug 30, 2016

“I choose you over everyone.”

Aug 30, 2016

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

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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AL_SUSANW Oct 18, 2016

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

Aug 30, 2016

Follows Cath Avery's adventures throughout college.

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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Sep 09, 2014

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

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