Fangirl: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Cather and Wren are twins. In a moment of foreshadowing, their mom
didn’t want to think of another name, so “Catherine” works for both of
them. When their mom leaves their family, the girls are left to take
care of each other and a father with bipolar disorder. Cather finds her
escape in writing fan fiction, a hobby that consoles her when her first
year of college doesn’t go swimmingly. Her roommate is mean, her sister
is distant, and her roommate’s boyfriend is super nice-almost too nice.
Rainbow Rowell tells another excellent love story in her latest
novel-worth a read, fangirl or not!

— CAT, off-to-college bookseller

Twin sisters, Cath and Wren, attend the same college but they might as well be worlds apart. Wren wants to discover herself (and party) but Cath is content with the way things are. She’s happy to write Simon Snow fanfiction and go to class. Her hope for a quiet year is ruined when her boisterous roommate, Reagan, forces her out of her shell and introduces her to the ever charming Levi. Rowell beautifully weaves together the two worlds in Cath’s head in this stunning coming-of-age novel you won’t be able to put down. 

- Clare

— From Clare's Recs


#1 New York Times bestselling author!

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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
A New York Times Best Seller!

About the Author

RAINBOW ROWELL lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her family. She's the author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Attachments, Landline, the graphic novel Pumpkinheads (illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks), and the Simon Snow trilogy.

Praise For…

“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)

“The magic here is cast not with wands but with Rowell's incredible ability to build complex, vivid, troubling and triumphant relationships...Fans of Eleanor & Park and other bookish, nerdy types will thrill at finding such a fantastic and lasting depiction of one of their own.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A charming coming-of-age novel...filled with complex subjects (such as divorce, abandonment, and mental illness) handled in a realistic manner, and the writing effortlessly and seamlessly weaves these threads together.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“Rowell manages to capture both the wildly popular universe of fanfic and the inside of an 18-year-old's head. Consider me a fangirl of this charming coming-of-age tale.” —Entertainment Weekly

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 on Eleanor & Park

“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 on Eleanor & Park

“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 on Eleanor & Park

“Sweet, gritty and unforgettable story about two misfits in love” —Courtney Summers, author of This is Not a Test and Cracked Up To Be on Eleanor & Park

“Rowell shows us the beauty in the broken.” —Stewart Lewis, author of You Have Seven Messages on Eleanor & Park

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250030955
ISBN-10: 1250030951
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Pages: 448
Language: English