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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (10 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250030951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250030955
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A love story about opening your heart by Rainbow Rowell, the New York Times bestselling author of ELEANOR & PARK - Fangirl now comes with special bonus material and available with either a green or pink cover.

Which gorgeous cover will you receive? It's a lucky dip!

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rosie Read on 13 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Molly Gibson-Mee on 14 July 2014
Format: Paperback
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Hey guys!

I know I’m a bit late to jump on the Fangirl bandwagon. With everybody raving about it I went into this book with very high expectations. Even with the odds against it, in my view, I did enjoy Fangirl. However, although the book was good, I did find it lacking some things.

I’ll start with the negatives. At the end of each chapter there was an extract from either the Simon Snow books (the fictional books which the protagonist, Cath, fangirls over) or from Cath’s fanfiction of these books. When I first heard about extracts being used in a review I read before the book, I was really excited and interested in how Rowell would utilise them. The problem, for me, is that the extracts, particularly from the Simon Snow books, seemed completely irrelevant to the book. I mean, once you’ve grasped that Simon Snow is meant to be Harry Potter you don’t really care about tiny, irrelevant extracts from it. Cath’s fanfiction, although more relevant as it gives the reader an insight into how her mind works, does seem detached from the main story. It would have been better if, say, the Simon Snow extracts gave some message that reflected the previous chapter, or how Cath felt. Or if the extracts were from Cath’s updates of her main fic Carry On, Simon and we could see how her fic developed as she developed. Even the extracts from fics written years before this book is set could have been used to contrast how Cath writes alone and how she writes with Wren. But none of this happened in any of the extracts and I had to force myself to read them at the end of each chapter, hoping they became relevant. I asked my sister about it and she said that when she read Fangirl she just skipped over the extracts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina on 14 Aug. 2014
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I finished this book a while ago but for some reason didn't write up a review despite loving it, so here it is.
Fangirl is about Cath, a fanfiction writer well-known in the blogging world who is just about to start college with her twin sister Wren. Or should I say, Cath thinks she is starting college with her sister, Wren has other ideas and wants to branch out and meet new people, whilst living on the other side of Campus to Cath. Cath is completely alone and has to navigate the world of the dining hall, lectures and her roommate who seems to strongly dislike her, all on her own.
This book was the first Rainbow Rowell book I've read and I'm glad this was my first. Her writing is somewhat of a comfort to me and having read the book 2 months ago, I still look back on the book as if it was a warm blanket around me. It's hard to explain what I mean, the most accurate way to describe my feelings about the book is to say it comforted me, I felt safe when reading this book, which sounds strange but that's just how I felt.
The characters were lovely and I could identify with Cath for numerous reasons, but not for the reason most people do. I've read a lot of reviews from people who read and/or write fanfiction, so understand this book on a whole other level. Personally, I can't say I've ever read any fanfiction so I don't know the attraction. I identified with Cath's character because of the isolation she felt in her College dorms, her loneliness even when around people and the social anxiety that crippled her from eating in the dining hall. I just loved this book and the characters within it. I intially gave this book a 4 star rating, but upon reflection, have increased this to a 5 and I would most definitely recommend that you pick up this book.
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