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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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.
Entertaining, Hilarious, Enthralling
Yes, I couldn't take my head phones out, at work, driving, getting dressed, grocery shopping! So funny, loved it!
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?
The Narrator and the story made this really worth listening.
I don't have one yet.
No I have not but I will.
If I could I would have.
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.
Pam can often be found singing many of The Wiggles songs while simultaneously reading a book in rhyme and drinking coffee.
Anything Maxwell Caufield read.
i hafta pick one?
I guess the scene with Bas and Simon in the nursery. It felt like a real story.
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.
I thought the ending was satisfying and relevant to the book's major themes.
Lowman does a great job mimicking a variety of characters' voices without going over-the-top.
No. This is clearly a one-shot. Why have a sequel?
Overall, a good book but definitely could've functioned without shojo-manga-hipster love scenes.
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.
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.
Cath. She is the heart of the story.
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.
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.
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.
This is the profile for the book and literature nerd afficiando Hannah. I've been listening to audio books since before I could read!
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.
I loved the nerdy premise of this book... inside the world of fan fiction and fandoms.
I really enjoyed Rebecca's performance of Levi and Maxwell Cauldfield as Simon and Baz.
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