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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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Got to the end and just restarted it. SO GOOD

What did you love best about Fangirl?

I loved the Cath character- I could really smile at her anxieties because they are mine too.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Levi. Everyone loves Levi.

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

I am very voice sensitive and was worried about Rebecca Lowman at first but she was SO good- I liked that she subtly changed to Baz' accent when Cath was reading. All of her voices were spot on.
Maxwell Caulfield provided a wonderful voice of the Simon Snow books- just the right side of campy.

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

Levi drives Cath home in the snow.

Any additional comments?

I read this as a huge Harry Potter fan, someone had mentioned it and I was curious. I usually read fantasy or classic literature never contemporary or romance. I loved it so much and am going to look out Rainbow Rowell's other books. I'm recommending it to everyone.

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Wonderful story. A great coming of age for a young college girl.

Really enjoyed this story. I found it very relatable for the young college girl just starting out. I can reflect back on similar moments or feeling as Cath did. Levi sounds like a total babe and I sure wish I’d met someone as hot as he sounds in college lol. Even now in my late twenties I’ve found that this is a good story to reflect back on those moments of my early college years (cause it was only 8 years when I was in her shoes). I personally love all the books by this author and it’s been my mission to read every single one. I only have two left but I’m trying to draw them out so I don’t run out of her comforting, quality, deeply enjoyable style of telling a story. I will recommend this book for certain.

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LOVE IT!!

This is one of my favorite books ever. Rainbow Rowell is an expert at painting characters in such a real and relatable way. I find myself identifying in some way with all of her characters. Her dialogue is something to envy too. This book is my personal favorite of hers because I relate so much to the main character, Cath. She is a perfect example of a nerdy fangirl so if you are one you’ll be quick to love it too I’m sure. If you like this book I definitely recommend her others because they are all wonderful in their own way.

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Unexpectedly wonderful

4.5 stars. I have to admit, I avoided this book for a long time because I was judging it by its cover. It looked like it was going to be a light, beach read type of story about a girl who writes fanfic and her plain vanilla romance with a cute guy. This is NOT that book. There is so much depth to the characters and the story; it’s not at all what you would expect. As with Rowell’s other books, the writing is simple (and by that I mean every word is carefully chosen, with no excess and no purple prose) yet elegant, and there are some beautiful moments described as only she can. Rowell has a way of drawing you into the heart and mind of the protagonist almost instantly, so that you feel everything Cath feels from the first moment to the last, and you keep thinking about her afterward. The narrators were also perfect—Rebecca Lowman is one of my new favorites. Highly recommend.

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Hurray for 3rd person past tense!

It's so refreshing thread a YA author is not afraid of the old tested story telling method of the 3rd person in the past tense. Almost everything now seems 1st person present tense: "I feel my breathing get faster." So tired of people telling me it's more immediate. So I like Rainbow Rowell (not sure how she manages POV in the other books). This put me back in the college years (or in my case year). The book lost a little steam in the final third. The fantasy sections (Simon and Baz) are supposed to parallel what's happening in Cath's life, but to Rainbow's credit, this is not too obvious or overt. On the other hand, to they improve the novel? I say no. Yeah, Cath writes FanFic but I don't want to read it. I fast-forwarded when Cath is reading long sequences to Levi.

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A great low key romance-drama

Loveable and believable characters, funny and touching moments, and geeky vibes (though Im sure non geeks will also enjoy it. but its better if youre familiars with the term fanfic)

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The end doesn't feel like an end. But I loved this story! I think I need a Levi in my life.

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Good Quick Read(listen)

It was a sweet story. I found Cather to be a bit annoying and victimized at points.

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One of my all time favorites

This book is one of my favorites. Ever. The story is compelling and realistic with loveable and relatable characters. It makes me remember so much from my years in college every time I listen to it. I feel like I'm listening to a friend when I listen to Fangirl. I have told at lease 10 people to read/listen to this book.

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like reliving my teen and college years

This took me back to the days when I wrote fanfiction. enjoyed every minute of the book and couldn't wait to listen to the next scene.