FangirlBook - 2013
From Library Staff
Even though Rowell had already published two novels by 2011, she decided to try NaNoWriMo to help her in the drafting process. She says, "So… I didn’t actually finish my book that November. I met the word goal, but was only about halfway done with Fangirl. I continued working on it through J... Read More »
Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Sep 14, 2015
Fangirl follows Cather Avery during her freshman year at the University of Nebraska as she becomes unwillingly distanced from her twin sister, struggles in classes, worries about her father, begrudgingly befriends her roommate, and writes lots of Simon Snow fanfiction. The slow-building relations... Read More »
Chapel_Hill_SarahW Mar 29, 2015
It was with a heavy heart that I finished Fangirl. It was the last Rainbow Rowell book I had to read and I had tried to stretch them to make them last, but now I have a wait before her next one come out. I love that Rowell can write believable 18 year old narrators as well as moms with kids. Her ... Read More »
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“But you're so helpless sometimes. It's like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”
“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.”
“You’re never going to find a guy who’s exactly like you—first of all, because that guy never leaves his dorm room.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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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mausi13012003 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 15
MrDrProfessorPatrick thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 28
white_dog_462 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 16
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College transition, fandom and first love. Another winner from the author of Eleanor and Park!
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.
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.