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Fangirl [Hardcover]

Rainbow Rowell
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Book Description

10 Sep 2013

Special collector's edition with limited edition Emergency Dance Party print, coloured edges and ribbon marker

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life.

Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate 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.

Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . . .

Praise for Eleanor & Park:

"Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book."-John Green, The New York Times Book Review

"This sexy, smart, tender romance thrums with punk rock and true love. Teen readers-not to mention their Gen X parents-will swoon for Eleanor & Park." -Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and Where She Went

"A breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders." -Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (10 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250030951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250030955
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.8 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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Absolutely captivating (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

A funny and tender coming-of-age story that's also the story of a writer finding her voice...touching and utterly real. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Authentic dialogue, a remarkable empathy with adolescents and an honest portrayal of young, vulnerable love make this a riveting read. (Lancashire Evening Post)

This novel is funny, sad, clever and entertaining. (Armadillo Magazine)

A treat for teenage girls on the lookout for a novelistic take on first love... clever enough to keep you reading on. --The Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Rainbow Rowell lives in Omaha, Nebraska. FANGIRL is her second YA novel and a New York Times bestseller, as is her first novel, ELEANOR AND PARK. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this. 11 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a very well written book that I would be happy for my daughters to read. It is about a twin trying to find her place in the world. Having always been part of a pair, she struggles when her sister decides that she wants some independence and chooses to share a room with someone else at college. She also has to cope with a Bipolar father, who raised them and the reappearance of a mother whom left them when they were eight. Add this altogether with falling in love properly for the first time and an obsession for fan fiction and you have the makings of a really good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
As someone who didn't necessarily love college at the beginning I really connected with Cath and her uneasy, introverted nature. However, Fangirl's strength is that there is a whole host of characters that really will cover the majority of the spectrum of potential readers. Cath's university experience is juxtaposed with that of happy-go-lucky Levi; the brutally honest and confident Reagan; and Wren, her sister, who doesn't find herself at college but rather loses herself in the experience.

In Cath's proverbial jump from little to big pond she has to navigate that terrifying moment of embarking on new friendships, filtering out those who are only there for themselves along the way, as well as learning how to leave her home behind while still managing to be there for her family. While adept online Cath also struggles to find her voice in her new classes, a universal theme we all encounter when we take that little step up.

The relationships that Cath builds in the novel, both platonic and romantic, are slow to blossom and all the more realistic for being so. None of the relationships hit you over the head and sometimes you do find yourself questioning where they are going, like real life relationships. As in Eleanor & Park I think that Rowell's strength lies in her honest portrayal of young, vulnerable relationships.

As with Rowell's previous novels her writing is really what makes Fangirl excel as a truly captivating novel. The simplicity of her language and the effortless feel of the dialogue make Fangirl a fun, fluid, and unaffected read that will keep you engaged until the end.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instantly relatable! 10 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book from the publisher and this review was originally posted on my blog.

I've heard great things about Rainbow Rowell's books and they've been on my wishlist for a while. When I won a copy of Fangirl I was over the moon! Fangirl tells the story of Cather, a devotee of the Simon Snow book series and writer of Simon Snow fanfiction, as she starts college and has to juggle being a freshman and being a fangirl.

So I was already excited by the subject matter of that book, and that excitement level only went up once I actually started it. Because this book is just so me. I think anyone who's been involved with any kind of online fandom will absolutely adore this book because it just stirred up so many memories of experiences I've had in my own life, and it had all these little references that made me squeal. I mean a main character who writes fanfiction?! I'm still so happy that Fangirl has made that a thing. I actually had to text my friend and recommend her this book as I was reading it because she writes fanfiction and I just felt the need to let her know this book existed. Plus I have a confession: I have written fanfiction. And you know what? In the past that has been something that I've hidden from people because I was embarrassed. Not anymore. In fact reading this book has made me want to log into my sadly neglected account, find a load of new fics to read and then finish writing all my unfinished fics.

So Fangirl was already off to a pretty good start. Then I got to know the main character, Cather, and well I just fell in love with this book a whole lot more. Not only is Cath a fangirl with a huge talent at writing fanfiction, she is also shy, socially awkward and completely lovable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, charming 28 Feb 2014
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There comes a time in a geek/nerd/dork’s life when one realises that there’s an entire community out there who are willing to read the stories you wrote about [insert your favourite movie/TV show/book series/musical/play/video game here], and not only that, there is an entire subculture dedicated to it that pre-dates the Internet. Not only can you host your fan-fiction on your own online zine (if you want to get really archaic) or website, you can use communities like LiveJournal and a multitude of fan-fiction sites and forums. All for your perusal!

Did you want Blaise and Draco to have more… romantic interaction in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? Ever wanted to read about George from Being Human‘s life before he was turned into a werewolf? Did you pick up on a romantic chemistry between two characters and decide they were forevermore your OTP? Do you simply want a cutesy story set in an alternate universe where Dean, Sam and Castiel from Supernatural are rival coffee shop owners? Well, dear reader, AO3,, LiveJournal, and countless other sites have you covered.

While there have been more than a few published novels from authors who started in fan-fiction, or even novels that essentially are fan-fiction with the serial numbers filed off, there hasn’t been a novel centring around a main character who does write these stories. Fan-fiction is hardly the niche hobby it used to be, and I’m sure there’s an audience who know all about fan-fiction and perhaps even write it. So why not give them a character they can relate to?

That’s where Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell comes in.

18 year old Cath is a well-known fan-fiction writer for the immensely popular Simon Snow book and movie series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic story
I loved Eleanor and Park. It was edgy and crisp. Engaging. However Fangirl is something else. Satisfying, gratifying...beautifully crafted. Read more
Published 3 days ago by SMNL
1.0 out of 5 stars I struggled to finish it.
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Published 5 days ago by J. A. Carvell
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh..
The delivery was very good came quickly. However I wouldn't recommend 'Fangirl' quite boring and not about anything in particular.
Published 5 days ago by Chloe Louise Avril
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a sequel??
I'm not even going to go into how much I enjoyed this book. It felt like I had stepped into someone's life in such a meaningful way that it could have been a biography. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Judith Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice summer read
ABSOLUTELY loved it! I read it in a few hours (and I'm not much of a reader)! It's beautifully written, I could relate to the characters, and I'm such a fangirl myself that it made... Read more
Published 7 days ago by caro_tvjunkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My daughter read this book and she loved it. She's begging for my Rainbow Rowell books now. :D
Published 8 days ago by kate ylanan
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
When I first saw the title of this book I was intrigued, seeing as I, myself, am a fangirl, but I wasn't sure whether I should buy it or not. And I do not regret my decision. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Belinda Farn
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but lacking in some ways
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Published 14 days ago by Molly Gibson-Mee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product and service. Many thanks.
Published 14 days ago by James Hope
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Rowell book I have read and is possible even better than the first...
This is the second Rainbow Rowell book I have read and is possible even better than the first (Eleanor and Park). Read more
Published 14 days ago by Gillian
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