Fangirl

Fangirl From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor Park A coming of age tale of fan fiction family and first love Cath is a Simon Snow fan Okay the whole world is a Simon Snow fanBut for Cath

  • Title: Fangirl
  • Author: Rainbow Rowell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor Park A coming of age tale of fan fiction, family and first love Cath is a Simon Snow fan.Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fanBut 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 wFrom the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor Park A coming of age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.Cath is a Simon Snow fan.Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fanBut 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 And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind

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    1. Actual rating: 2.5Levi said. “It’s hard for me to get my head around. It’s like hearing that Harry Potter is gay."Ok, why the fuck are you referencing Harry Potter after having based the entire book around a fictionalized version of Harry Potter known as Simon Snow? Why?!If you wanted a true sense of fandom, don't look for it here. Don't get me wrong, I liked this book, but it is a coming-of-age book that was misrepresented as a book about fandom. This would have been so much better if it [...]

    2. It’s like Rainbow Rowell writes in peanut butter and stolen moments and lazy eyelash wishes.♥That’s the best and only way I can describe it.♥It’s 433 pages of a guaranteed good day.I’m so jealous of you guys right now, it’s crazy!Because I can’t read this book for the first time again.So when you finish it, and you’re just sitting there all thoughtful and wordless (grinning like an 8th grader with prom tickets)… You’re not alone. ;) This book’s about the good ol’ colleg [...]

    3. It's time for Rainbow Rowell and I to break up.I didn't want to admit it, but after reading all of her books now, I can safely say her writing style just isn't for me. It's like that time I cheerfully broke up with Cassandra Clare, though, admittedly, over different reasons. But this time it hurts. It wounds me to realize that I can't join in with all my friends, ride the Rainbow iz Queen bandwagon, roll around in a meadow of flowers that magically whispers witty Rainbow Rowell quotes and feas [...]

    4. “Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.”I enjoyed Fangirl. Though the way I feel about it is almost exactly how I feel about Eleanor & Park. They are both cute books with complex, well-developed characters, and yet I feel like something is missing that just holds both books back from being truly memorable.Rowell writes quirky, detailed characters that are different and honest. I liked the antisocial, awkward and weird Cath. I thought her story - both as a popular fan [...]

    5. *6 Stars!*I loved this story to infinity and beyondMy favorite types of books are the ones that speak to you; directly to the reader. The ones that resonate so deeply within your psyche that you feel as though you're actually learning things about yourself in the process.That is exactly what I experienced while reading Fangirl. If you were to judge by the cover and blurb alone, you may think this story is nothing but a quirky, fun read about an interesting girl addicted to writing fanfic. But I [...]

    6. Reread October 2015: AHHHHH I felt all the love for this book that I felt the first time plus more! I love everything about this book and I want to reread it again immediately ;DOriginal review from December 2013: Fangirl was so cute and relatable! I loved every single character and their relationships with each other. Rainbow Rowell's writing style is wonderful and I can't wait to read more books from her!

    7. It's so hard to have an objective review of a book when it resonates so loud in your heart. I have scrapped my original review of "Fangirl" after reading it, and I figured it was the opposite of how the book really affected me. I will just go on full emotional and just drop the technical stuff! In my opinion, this is a beautiful "coming of age story".A lot of people may find Rainbow Rowell's "Fangirl" shallow and predictable. Well I'm not going to argue with that, but this is a narrative of a te [...]

    8. “You don’t do magic,” she said, trying to smile modestly and mostly succeeding. “You are magic.”My annual reread of Fangirl has been completed (2 years and going), and it just gets better and better.Sometimes, on a gray day, I flip through this book to cheer myself up or to remind myself that everything will be okay. And it does its job every single time, which I’m more than grateful for. It’s like a consolation, an old friend, a favorite old, comfy sweater. Fangirl is everything.A [...]

    9. ***WARNING***This review is long (even for me) and if you liked the book, you probably shouldn’t bother with it. (And yes, before you ask, the titles do refer to fangirling lore)1. My Body is ReadyI was quite excited to read Fangirl, at first. Trusted GR friends have loved this book, and I thought it would actually be -a bit- about the fangirling life (which I have been living fully for a year and a half, so I was like “Oooh, my ELEMENT, yay!”)Dear Got in Himmel, was I wrong. Anyway. Let t [...]

    10. And just like that, I'm finished.Now what?Dammit Rainbow, I'm going to be lost for the next week now, with no fictional boyfriend to curl up with at night.I'm sure in your internet travels, you've all seen the comic that says "That moment when you finish a book, look around, and realise that everyone is just carrying on with their lives as though you didn't just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback."That is me. Right now. At 1am.Lonely, and alone. With no Levi to cuddle up to. [...]

    11. 5 AMAZING & SPECTACULAR STARS!!! I just LOVED this book! It made me so happy! Everything about it- just fantastic! Cath is a twin. She is a writer. She is a Simon Snow fan. Quite possibly the biggest Simon Snow fan there is. Cather’s big thing is fanfiction. She takes her most favorite books, and writes her own stories. She makes the two main guys in the books gay and in love. "It's bad enough that you have homemade Simon Snow posters," Reagan had said last night while she was getting read [...]

    12. Edit: Downgrading the rating to 4. When I look back now, there are some minor issues, which I initially overlooked. So, yeah, maybe a 4.5 read but definitely not a 5.Initial Reaction After CompletionYou know how we all cry at tragedies. We cry with Rose in Titanic, with Liesel in The Book Thief, with Harry in Shell Cottage, with Maya in Forbidden. We are a sentimental specie and we cry a damn lot.But how many of us cry at an especially beautiful ending. When wounds heal, when all loose ends are [...]

    13. WELL. FANGIRL. IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL RIGHT NOW. I read it, so let’s talk about it!Things I liked:- The examination of fanfiction as a type of literature- The importance of family through sibling and parent relationships- The importance of moving on and letting go (although I felt this plot point was drobbed and underdeveloped but the idea was there!)- Adorable adorable romance- Showing the reality of social awkwardness- The alternate Harry Potter land- That it made me pull almost an all-ni [...]

    14. “I'm the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight.”Fangirl is one of my all time favourites. It's one of those "cuddle up with a blanket"-"sip hot chocolate"-"feel good"-books. There's not many books that can do this to me. I think this works so good for because Rainbow Rowell captured the kind of sadness and loneliness that also functions as an emotional wall between the protagonist and the outer world with such skillfulness that I immediately recognised this f [...]

    15. You know, it’s been so long since I’ve disliked a book to the point of wanting to rant about it that I was starting to think I’d lost my cynical edge.So I guess that’s one point in Fangirl’s favor.And, you know, I liked Fangirl at first. It seemed that it was going to do something new with a protagonist that wasn’t the typical quirky teen girl.Here’s where I stop and give my short review before delving into a much-needed rant: The protagonist, Cath, is a wholly passive character wh [...]

    16. CARRY ON AND FANGIRL ALL OVER THIS BOOK.Oh my freaking god. How crazy is it that I now feel like starting a new blog and loosing myself in my own written virtual universe? Ha, I definitely don’t have time for that, but Cather is one inspiring girl. The word ‘‘fanfiction’’ is not one I am unfamiliar with. I know what it means, how it works and what kind of effect it has on people. I’ve just never been a ‘‘fan’’ of it myself. I like original pieces of work, and if I don’t in [...]

    17. 4.5 stars! As someone with anxiety who also has immersed herself in fandom since high school, this was almost the perfect contemporary for me. I still struggled with whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. Who knows After a day I may come back to give it 5 I did read it in one day after all.

    18. Yes, I'd like me one Levi Stewart please, thank you.(Art by this very talented human.)___________________________________Book Song: Afraid by The Neighbourhood.___________________________________

    19. ah, fanfiction. it is such a curious phenomenon to me. i find its very existence delightful and wondrous, but i know it is not for me, not really. i've never loved any book or any character enough to read fanfic about. there are books i wish had sequels, sure, but i have never wanted to seek out work by people other than the original author about specific characters or worlds. also, since the relationshippy parts of books are usually my least favorite, and 90 percent of fanfic is slash and relat [...]

    20. This book is the best of ever. I'M JUST SAYIN'. It is. If you're a writer or an introvert, I can almost (practically) guarantee at some point this book is going to hit you in a very relatable way.I was so emotionally invested in this book. Gosh. Look at me. I'm a fangirling (ha, pun) mess. I can't even write a logical review!I seriously just love this book so much.I really connected to the characters!Can we just talk about Cath for a moment? She has a social anxiety disorder and (knowing from ex [...]

    21. First read November 2013Reread October 2015I definitely changed my opinions on this book after reading it a second time, so here's a little updated review!Back in 2013, I read and reviewed 'Fangirl', and since then I've read it again only to find my thoughts and opinions have changed.When I first read the book, I remember being so frustrated with Cath for throwing away her University degree by not doing her assignments because she didn't feel like it. But it wasn't because she didn't feel like i [...]

    22. Fangirl had quality. It was well-written, well-told and well-crafted. I had super high hopes! I know some of my friends said that this was the best book this year. But for me, it dragged and it was B.O.R.I.N.G. I was close to not finish it. I am glad I stuck it out but it felt like a chore. I was like – did I get another book than all the other reviewers? It is a story about Cather who writes fanfiction and prefer her Internet friends. She is abandoned by her more outgoing identical twin when [...]

    23. “Accidential buddy read” with the amazing Maks! ;-)When I began to read “Fangirl” I was looking for something fluffy and nice and after finishing the book I can say that I actually got everything I expected! *lol*This book was indeed very fluffy and nice and it made me smile and caused me to chuckle and it was sometimes silly and strange but also serious and sad! XD So yeah I got the whole range of human emotions and I definitely didn’t regret to read this book! =)) (I’m truly sorry [...]

    24. ♥ 4.5 STARS. ♥Fangirl was such a refreshing and wonderful story! It's both a coming of age story about a girl starting a new life in college, as well as a friend to lovers story. From the moment I started reading it, Rainbow Rowell managed to suck me into the world of Cath, Levi, Simon Snow and all the other equally unique side characters. The author's easyflowing writing style made it seem as a very simple story at the time I was reading it, but looking back at it as a whole the story manag [...]

    25. My 4th reread and this book still made heart explode! The story brings me right back to my uni days and the anxiousness I felt on every level. What can I say that already hasn't been said about this book? Cath is a fantastic character. As is Levi, my baby! Reagan. Wren. Their father. This whole flippin' story is!Rainbow Rowell is just incredible at creating characters that feel so darn normal. So like yourself. It's so honest! Reading this book makes me feel afloat. I'll never get enough of it.

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