In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, 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? Open her heart to someone? Or will she just go on living inside somebody else's fiction?
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This book was kind of adorable, and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. While it definitely fits into the Young Adult and Chic Lit categories, there is a lot of nerdiness and a little more depth than you usually find in either genre. While I'm not a fan of Fan Fiction in general, I enjoyed the incorporation of the culture in the story, as well as the interweaving of the main story, the FanFic story, and the Harry Potter-esque world that Cath's Fan Fiction derived from. It was a fun read (listen), and Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfied add a lot to the audiobook version with great narration.
It was good! I mean I really liked it.... but I really hated how much she wrote about Levi and Kath. Honestly, the love scenes were sooooooo boring. I didn't care about them having sex. I didn't care that they got together. Idk, i wanted more of the inner battle of writing. I wanted more from her battle with her mom and her overcoming things. I honestly would have enjoyed the book far more if the love scenes were cut out of the end of the book. Maybe its because I'm older, out of college and am in love with someone myself, but I felt bored. Maybe its because I feel like she and Levi shouldn't have gotten together till the end. I feel like the story ended in the middle of the book. But this is a teen fiction book so I can't complain to much.
Not a book, but any nerd girl life. If you ever fanficed, if you ever read harry potter and made up stories in your head about it, if you're a social introvert. Its relatable.
No. I honestly have to force myself threw a few spots (the loves scenes as I mentioned earlier). I like adventure and drama. I don't care about them being together. To be honest, once they got together, both of them seemed like very overly written characters...the kind one sees in a fan fic. Flawed introvert that the extrovert nice guy falls for. I especially couldn't handle that her eyes were 4 different colors. I mean come on! Who has 4 colored eyes?! Very twilight-esque. People have normal colored eyes. Maybe if you're lucky they have 2 colors.
Good book till it got too romantic. She changed her characters half way through and not in a way where they "grew" they just suddenly changed all their tendencies. And it got boring.
A very adorable story. If you ever wrote fanfiction, Harry Potter fanfiction especially, it just taps into that quirky world. The romance aspect is very sweet too. Not crazy stupid dramatic. Just fluffy enough to seem realistic. Cath is very relatable and so awkward in a very familiar way to me and my young Potter obsessed self. Made me remember all the hours I spent at 19, writing about Harry and Draco and reading Cassandra Clare's "Draco Trilogy" and quoting it as if it was canon.
At first I wasn't sure about the narrator, Rebecca. But she quickly grew on me and every time Maxwell came in to read, there were times, where I burst out laughing at the way it was a nod to the audio narration of Potter.
There were probably only a few little things that irked me, like the fact that Potter exists in this world was a bit odd. But, it was only one sentence. Also, there were times Cath was just so helplessly scared of socialization, you wanted to shake her. However, the truth is some people can be like that. But, she doesn't remain, completely a shut in, nor is she perfect and fixed in the end. She still is herself, just able to understand more about life, because that is what college does.
Confidence by Paige Lavoie, just because it is about finding yourself and being in fandom.
Outsiders baby, because I am wanting to be an 12 year old today.
Flashback of her mom leaving.
This was the best book I've read from the perspective of living someone with bipolar disorder. On top of that, I loved the love story central to the book. I can't say I loved the chapters from the fantasy book that inspired her fan fiction, but the characterization of a fan fiction writer was beautifully and aptly drawn. I wish the author had invested more time in wrapping up the storyline of the mom, delving a bit deeper into the relationship with her dad, and developing why the sister fell so deeply into drinking, but I still enjoyed it thoroughly.
I am a book worm and writer trapped in a dyslexic's body
As a college student and writer of gay fan fiction and socially awkward geek with social anxiety I can attest to the verity of this book. It is far too true, but in a good way. I'm going to start writing my own stuff now.
I liked the story in general, writing stories inside of stories is a difficult concept as you have to try to write as your character not yourself. The story didnt seem to have a massive plot, normal guy issues and a girl trying to avoid her homework the entire year. I didnt understand the ending well i did but i didnt understand why the characters story was the ending, it just didnt make sense go from simon snow to kaths story. I also didnt like the simon snow parts obviously the author was trying to show kaths fanfics and the other authors work but it was obviously a fake harry potter knock off and only parts of a story that didnt really make sense as they werent complete as well as some things in the story werent cleared up. I also didnt like the outsiders spoilers. I liked the woman in the audiobook not so much the man, but overall the story was okay. Its not a story id read more than once. I wish the story would've ended at the book scene much better, or that the author got special permission to use another story aside from "simon snow" because i think it would've been a lot better.
I love a book full of heart, psychological wisdom and humor.
I loved Eleanor and Park, but was dissapointed with this one. I am an older reader, but love YA novels when they are well written. Fangirl started out so promising, but about a third in started dragging terribly. Nothing was happening, chapter after chapter. Eventually I started skipping chapters but didn't seem to miss anything. Judging from the great reviews, I believe that this must have a good demographic that doesn't mind the lack of movement in the story.
I am also not a fan of the reader. While she reads perfectly, in theory, I find her lack of any warmth or vulnerability unlikable; and a poor fit for quirky, vulnerable charachters.
Their tone and expression of the writing was incredible - it definitely added to the story.
Only complaint I have is the ending. I wanted more of an explanation of what would happen with Cath & Levi.
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