Fangirl

Fangirl

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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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...
Publisher: New York : Listening Library, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780804121316
0804121311
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (12 hr., 49 min., 25 sec.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Lowman, Rebecca
Caulfield, Maxwell

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 13, 2019

I really enjoyed this book back in 2014 during my summer in South Africa. I picked it up from a local book store because it was on sale and I didn’t regret it. It’s a lovely story about a teenage geeky girl (Cath) trying to figure out her life as an aspiring writer in college without the help of her family. She basically learns how to thread the unfamiliar waters of adult hood without her twin sister (Wren) being there by her side. It’s cute and it’s straight to the point. I especially love the ‘Simon Snow’ book series in the story; I like how it’s a complete parody of the Harry Potter series in real life. I felt pretty bad for Cath at the beginning of the story but I think everything worked out fine in the end. 3.5/5 Stars. @Bloop of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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goddessbeth
Jan 24, 2019

I never really understood the whole book boyfriend thing UNTIL THIS BOOK. Listening to the audiobook and halfway through I was absolutely in love with Levi. This is my first Rainbow Rowell novel- are all of her characters so well-developed and real? I'm not normally a big contemporary fan, but this has me reconsidering. The romantic interests are not all swoony-attractive with a heart of gold and no actual flaws. The foils in the subplots aren't unattractive or smarmy or interfering. One of the parents is actually a huge presence in the life of the protagonist. It's a group of characters living their messy, mysterious, messed-up lives. I LOVED it. And I double loved the audiobook narrator (Rebecca Lowman, with some by Maxwell Caulfield), who captured the nuances so beautifully, not once did I find myself mentally correcting pronunciation or thinking I'd have emphasized the sentence differently.

And then Cath herself. I could relate to her awkwardness in college, her outsider-ness with the fan fiction, her fear of disappointing others, and her boy-confusion that was not MPDG or "cute". I'm not at all like Cath in most ways- not nearly as good a writer, not frowny or standoffish, not a caretaker, not abandoned by my mother or part of a twin set, etc. But I felt so connected to her, so with her.

I saw Nick's thing coming a mile off- not because it was predictable at all, but because THAT WAS MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. Rainbow Rowell crawled inside my head, or we're living parallel lives, or something. Her writing is too genuine to be just careful study (though it's so polished, she clearly worked hard at it). She also handles tough issues like mental/behavioral illness with subtlety and respect, and yet she doesn't flinch away from it. There's no redeemed bad character trope, and not everyone in the book is forgivable or even likable (certainly not all the time).

The one of the other best things about this book- it isn't all about the love story, or all about Cath's relationship with her sister, or all about any one thing. It has so many elements, so many ended and opened things. I'm having difficulty laying out my thoughts without squeeing all over the place, because this book surprised me in all the best possible ways. Even non-YA readers will, I think, enjoy it.

This book has absolutely sold me on Rainbow Rowell. And I think I'll be holding on to my Levi crush forever and ever. If you like realistic characters, believable romance, believable family dynamic, earnestly awkward characters, reminiscing about college, and falling in love with Levi (because YOU WILL), read it. Better yet, listen to it on audiobook.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 14, 2018

Written by Rainbow Rowell, author of Carry On and Eleanor and Park, Fangirl is about bookish Cath Avery, who is starting university, along with her extroverted party girl twin sister, Wren. Wren decides that she doesn't want to room with Cath, forcing Cath, who suffers from anxiety, to try to open up to the world. Throughout their lives, Cath and Wren were always bound by a love for the Simon Snow series, the Harry Potter of their universe. Cath is even a prominent fanfiction author, and is currently trying to finish her longest fanfiction ever, about the end of the series, before the author releases the last book. We get to see Cath struggle with anxiety, her love for fanfiction conflicting with her creative writing teacher's expectations, romance, her sisters developing alcoholism, and her father's depression. Fangirl offers a not usually seen look into the struggles with mental health people can face and the impact fandoms can have on your life, and has an incredible story to boot. I loved this book, and I bet you will to. 4/5 stars.
- @chillchillchill of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

JCLEmilyD Feb 09, 2017

Oh I enjoyed this book! I listened to it in the car and would find myself sitting in my car at my destination just wanting to listen a little longer! I didn't want it to end!

ArapahoeJennieB Dec 29, 2016

A novel about a college freshman who writes fanfic about her favorite fandom, Simon Snow. This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever read or written fanfic, and loved it. This is a book within a book, a book about the joy and frustration of writing. I recommend this for lovers of fanfic, for those soon to start college, or for anyone who enjoys well developed characters.

A note on the narration-having two narrators really helps distinguish between what is happening in the story, and what is happening in Cather's, or Gemma T Leslie world of Simon Snow.

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2juliet2
Feb 19, 2015

This is a lovable book! The heroine, Cath, is just the kind of self-depreciating outsider that you can't help but cheer for, and the author's deft referencing of the Harry Potter series, along with her own creation, the Simon Snow series, gives this book a very real world fan-geek feeling that many of us can relate to. Plus super fun romance.

JCLCatherineG Feb 17, 2015

This audio is fantastic! The reader adds so much emotion to this story.

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Martke62
Jul 11, 2014

Beautifully written and a great story for those who love fan fiction or have no clue what it is.

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kesha1123
Mar 11, 2014

Too good! Love the home town references and the story within a story. Incredibly crafted and endearing. I love that Cath and Levi did not go through the cliche breakup. This novel will stay with me for some time.

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zrisoldi
Feb 20, 2014

I preferred Attachments, but I am always happy to see new work from local author Rainbow Rowell!

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