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Fangirl | [Rainbow Rowell]

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2013 Rainbow Rowell (P)2013 St. Martin's Griffin

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    Vanesa 12-10-14
    Vanesa 12-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The endings are always rushed"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm giving it a 4.5. The ending seemed rushed. I've noticed that all of Rainbow Rowell's books end abruptly, leaving you wanting another chapter or maybe even another book. I wish this book would have ended differently. However her writing style is beautiful and I fall in love with all her characters.

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    Tiffani 12-03-14
    Tiffani 12-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Fangirl in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Hilarious, Enthralling


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I couldn't take my head phones out, at work, driving, getting dressed, grocery shopping! So funny, loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first Rainbow Rowell book but I can't wait to read my next one. I was even interested in the story inside the story. Where can I find a Simon Snow novel?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tawana 11-21-14
    Tawana 11-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Surpringly Enjoyable!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fangirl the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator and the story made this really worth listening.


    What other book might you compare Fangirl to and why?

    I don't have one yet.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not but I will.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could I would have.


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    Lisa Montierth 11-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Lovely, perfect, positive"
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    It's been a long time since I felt so taken away by a book. Fangirl is nostalgic, hopeful, and ultimately tender... Loved, loved, loved this audiobook.

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    Pammy Pam 11-04-14
    Pammy Pam 11-04-14 Member Since 2014

    Pam can often be found singing many of The Wiggles songs while simultaneously reading a book in rhyme and drinking coffee.

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    "I'm all FANGIRL for Fangirl!"
    Where does Fangirl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #3


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fangirl?

    Anything Maxwell Caufield read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    i hafta pick one?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I guess the scene with Bas and Simon in the nursery. It felt like a real story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hyena 10-17-14
    Hyena 10-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great if You Ignore the Yucky, Sexist Romance"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Let's be clear: I will read another Rainbow Rowell book. It's well-written, engaging, and entertaining. However, I had a hard time understanding the purpose of inserting a stereotypical romance into a perfectly good coming-of-age story. There aren't very many book options featuring female leads who accomplish things in life without the love and approval of a man. This book plays into the common trope of a young, naive, sexually inexperienced, and fragile girl becoming a fully-realized human being only when a man accepts her for who she is. The presence of a male love interest is one thing, but it seemed to dominate the latter third of the book to the point of annoyance. It was distracting and was somewhat irrelevant to the other major themes in the story, which focused more on sisterly love, friendship, pushing through the struggles of freshman year, dealing with dysfunctional families.

    Cather also seems to have a chin fetish. Some of the lovey-dovey scenes were quite nauseating and difficult to relate to. The stereotype of a virgin girl who won't even use a vibrator is a stock character, portrayed as nerd-America's dream girl. She had some redeeming qualities, and she did change, for the better, over the course of the book.

    Rowell's style is fantastic, and I had no problem staying interested despite some of the fanfic-like romance scenes (a few reminded me of yucky "Twilight"). If you leave your personal preferences for romance in the glove compartment, you will enjoy this book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought the ending was satisfying and relevant to the book's major themes.


    What about Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield ’s performance did you like?

    Lowman does a great job mimicking a variety of characters' voices without going over-the-top.


    Do you think Fangirl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. This is clearly a one-shot. Why have a sequel?


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a good book but definitely could've functioned without shojo-manga-hipster love scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sybil APO 10-09-14
    Sybil APO 10-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does Fangirl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top. I wasn't expecting much because it's YA and I am in my 30's. But the book and author seem very popular so I gave it a try. I am glad I did. I loved it and I was kind of sad when it ended. I think the narrator did a great job! I will be reading/listening to more from Rainbow Rowell.


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    nicole johnston NY, NY 06-18-14
    nicole johnston NY, NY 06-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, equally wonderful performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm a visual person. I often find myself tuning out and getting lost listening to a story, but I'm an artist and spend a lot of time with my hands and eyes occupied, so audiobooks are a great way to pass the time and keep up on my reading. Conversation-heavy novels are easiest for me to follow. Fortunately Rainbow Rowell writes awesome conversations and Rebecca Lowman's audio performance is absolutely stellar. I want Rebecca Lowman to read all my favorite stories out loud to me now.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cath. She is the heart of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved any scene that showed Cath and Wren geeking out over Simon together. It's this perfectly adorable relationship because it shows their history and shows that no matter how much they've disagreed, they still share this thing. And of course it just reminds me of Harry Potter book excitement, and the thrill of a midnight release (or going to a Hanson concert with my own sister). But I love so many parts. The "I like you here. And here." scene between Cath and Levi was long but excellent. Rainbow makes you feel the excitement of new love so intimately and intensely, listening to it rather than reading it made me feel a bit bashful, but it was wonderful written and wonderfully read.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It just made me.... joyful. It made me laugh, for sure, but more than being funny, it was just satisfying. Satisfying to feel the pleasure of letting yourself get sucked into the fun of fandom, satisfying to see Cath's hard exterior crack, just satisfying is so many ways.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel should be read in the winter, when your desire for a gingerbread latte can be satisfied. I read it in the heat of summer, without a red Starbucks cup in sight and it was tough, guys. Real tough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah R Flaherty 05-28-14 Member Since 2014

    This is the profile for the book and literature nerd afficiando Hannah. I've been listening to audio books since before I could read!

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    "Fangirl Fan"
    Would you listen to Fangirl again? Why?

    I am obsessed with Fangirl. Of course the story is so so amazing, but this reading really brings to life the characters. Cath's sarcasm is in check, Levi's happy nature comes across strong, and there were really no characters (voice-wise) that I disliked.The reading is fluid and...simple. But in a good way!

    There's no messy sound effects (something THIS listener can't bear), or music except for the intro. I love it, and Audible did a great job of reading it.


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    Alyssa Davis 05-06-14
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    "A delightfully nerdy story"
    What did you love best about Fangirl?

    I loved the nerdy premise of this book... inside the world of fan fiction and fandoms.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Rebecca's performance of Levi and Maxwell Cauldfield as Simon and Baz.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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