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Fangirl Audiobook

Fangirl

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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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    Jonae Jackson 09-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Listen!!!"

    If you are a Rainbow fan I recommend this book. I loved the characters and the subtopic of mental illness in the story. it gave the story some weight in a genre that is often only about whether or not the girl gets the guy. it had some twists that kept you guessing about how the main characters would resolve their issues. It usually takes me weeks to finish a book. I listen casually in between doing other things. not this time! I couldn't turn it off. I finished in 3 days. I've listened to 3 of rainbow's books. This is my favorite.

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    leila judd 08-29-17
    leila judd 08-29-17
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    "A Story of Emowpering Growth"

    The narrative of this novel was soothing, a voice to Cath that I had pictured in my own head and a voice that helped me in a way I didn't even know I needed. Needed almost as much as the story itself.

    I read this when I wasn't in the best of places, a place I seem to spend a lot of time in, but Rainbow Rowell has a way of taking those times and showing the good in what might seem a poor situation. The journey Cath takes is such a strong overcoming of self doubt and personal hardship that it was easy to relate to. Each character was well developed, individual, and flawed in a way that made them more human. Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors and has earned that through her beautiful writing.

    While reading this novel I was able to still escape reality (one of the main reasons I crave books) and yet it also helped me solve personal problems within my own life. Rowell outdid herself and many other authors when she wrote this and I couldn't be more grateful that I found it and gave into the hype to read it.

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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 08-13-17
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 08-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Nuanced and Real"

    Rainbow Rowell's work reads so effortlessly that her characters walk right off the page, as though she'd just taken a video of a conversation, so you almost forget that half the dialogue is really interior monolog that puts you in the main character's head. You become so immersed in the characters that you enter their world. The publisher markets this book as Young Adult fiction, as if it were only appropriate for young adult readers, but just because we've moved on in years doesn't mean we can't remember what it was like to be 18 or 21. These characters ring true. Make no mistake, this is fine fiction no matter how the marketing department tries to pigeonhole it. Don't make the mistake of thinking you're too old or too sophisticated to read this book. Rowell's Fangirl is nuanced, sophisticated, and immensely satisfying writing.

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    Amazon Customer 07-17-17
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    "Enjoyable!"

    I enjoyed the characters. I wasn't into Simon Snow, even though I am a huge Harry Potter fan! I just didn't really have anything invested in that at all. Otherwise, liked it! It made me miss college!

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    Bree Florida 07-16-17
    Bree Florida 07-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Rainbow Rowell Is Amazing"

    Where have I been this book’s whole life? Seriously.

    I’ve seen so much hype about this book and Eleanor & Park, yet it took me forever to pick up Eleanor & Park and even when I fell in love with that book, I still didn’t immediately read Fangirl as I should have. I’m kind of, maybe, a little bit mad at myself about it.

    Because as much as I loved Eleanor & Park, I love Fangirl more.

    I’m not typically into books with a nerdy heroine. I have no idea why because I’m pretty nerdy myself (obv). However, I loved Cather and all of her anxieties and fangirling,

    Rainbow Rowell’s characters are always so beautifully developed and multi-dimensional. There is so much truth to them and even when the characters kind of suck, you still understand why they are the way they are. This book was no different.

    Cather’s twin sister, Wren, is such a believable character and, if done poorly, would’ve been incredibly annoying. But she wasn’t annoying. She was … human. And though I didn’t love her (like I loved Reagan, but more on that later), I understood her. I got why she was the way she was.

    I loved how the twins’ relationship was portrayed. I’m super close to my sisters and I totally related to this on so many levels. My one sister and I are absolute opposites, like Cather and Wren, and I’ve felt disconnected from her at certain points in my life because of this, despite how close we’ve always been, and it hurt so much that when I read about Cather’s pain as she was dealing with the same thing, I could completely empathize. It hurt so good.

    Side note: the names of these twin sisters, Cather and Wren, would’ve been super cheesy if this book wasn’t written by Rainbow.

    So, about Reagan. Oh, Reagan. If you’ve been following my Goodreads updates as I read this book, you’re very familiar with my love affair with Reagan.

    Reagan, Cather’s new roommate, is brash and loud and unapologetic about being such a force in this book. She is probably one of my all-time favorite supporting characters ever written. She’s absolutely hilarious. I loved how she could be completely mean to Cather, but somehow still manage to be completely on her side.

    Every introvert should have a “handler” like Reagan.

    I have a soft spot for Cather and Wren’s father as well. I love how his mental illness was shown in this novel and how, despite it, he was still a really great father when he was lucid. (Single dad <3)

    And, now, Levi. S.w.o.o.n.

    I loved him from the very beginning, even when I was angrily yelling at the book,(view spoiler) I didn’t want to hate Cather, but more than that, I didn’t want Reagan to hate Cather. I didn’t want any bad blood between them because I loved them as a duo way too much. I loved Reagan and Cather more than any other couple in the book.

    Rainbow did such a great job with showing how magnetic Levi was as opposed to telling us about it. He didn’t have to be stereotypical book boyfriend mega hot – his personality did all the attracting. He could’ve looked like a troll, but some of the things he said and did would’ve had me in love with him anyway.

    Aside from the characters, the story was fantastic as well. I was left with some questions, though. Like, did I miss it? Did Cather finish writing Carry On in time? Did she kill off Bas? HELP ME!

    And then the ending. Nobody knows how to end a book quite like Rainbow Rowell. Rainbow’s books end abruptly and perfectly and I always want more, but know that if I had more, it wouldn’t be quite as brilliant. I always find myself saying, “FML, but that was good.”

    Audiobook Performance:
    Rebecca Lowman narrated Eleanor & Park as well as Fangirl and she did a fantastic job with both. She’s definitely one of my favorite narrators, now. This book also had snippets from Simon Snow stories that were narrated by Maxwell Caulfield, who has a delightful British accent. I always appreciate multiple narrators.

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    Jennifer 07-15-17
    Jennifer 07-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Listening for the Third Time!"
    What did you love best about Fangirl?

    I cannot say what I "love best" about Fangirl, because I love it all. I'm on my third listen. The narrators are perfect for this book, although I'm especially impressed with Rebecca Lowman's narration. And Rainbow Rowell is such an amazingly descriptive author. This audiobook is perfection.


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    tami lee 07-12-17
    tami lee 07-12-17
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    "amazing"

    the plot is great, the characters are interesting and sophisticated and very loveable. loved it!

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    Anonymous 07-09-17
    07-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it. "

    This was a great story, loved the characters in both the main story and the fan fiction. This was a page turner. 👍

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    Amazon Customer 06-27-17
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    "I still have no clue if I liked it or not"

    I feel like I'm not smart enough to "get" it.

    maybe I just need to reread it

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    Skylar Underwood 06-23-17
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    "Best Audiobook I have ever listened to"

    This was an amazing audiobook. It was by far the best I have ever listened too. I camg wait to get a physical copy of this book!

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