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 . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Up until their first day at college, identical twins Cath and Wren shared everything—especially their ardent fan-love for a fantasy series about an orphaned magician named Simon Snow. While Wren decides to pursue new friends, boys and adventure, the brilliant and painfully introverted Cath stays true to her calling as a writer of fan fiction with thousands of online followers. American writer Rainbow Rowell—author of the quirky young love story Eleanor & Park—is a star in our book. Alternately heart-wrenching and hilariously funny, Fangirl is a fantastic story about learning to love who you really, truly are.
Cath Avery's life has two polestars: Wren, her identical twin, and the Simon Snow series, a Harry Potter like publishing phenomenon that Cath has been reading and rewriting, as a hugely popular fanfiction author for years. While Cath is an expert on Simon's life, she finds her own difficult, especially now that she's starting college and Wren doesn't want them to room together. Since Cath would rather stay in her room and write than do anything involving other people, that first year is terrifying, which she expected, but also heartbreaking and romantic, which she did not. Rowell (Eleanor & Park) blends Cath's first year of college with excerpts of both the "canon" Simon Snow books and Cath's distinctly non-canonical fanfic, to create a funny and tender coming-of-age story that's also the story of a writer finding her voice. Rowell makes all of Cath's relationships with her father; Wren; her acerbic roommate, Reagan; and, especially, Reagan's ex Levi (who practically takes up residence in their room to woo the skeptical and extremely nervous Cath) touching and utterly real. Ages 13 up.
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Charming and unique with characters you will come to love, a delightful coming of age story that has just enough angst and suspense without being too depressing. Fan girls need not fear that they will be slighted or undermined, Rainbow Rowell treats fandom with respect while still challenging her character to broaden her horizons and confront her intimacy issues.
Fantastic! One of the best books I've read in a long time. Such an original concept and the characters were so engaging and believable.
This was a great entertaining read. I cared for all the characters. What I didn't care for was the actual fanfic of Simon Snow. I only care about the series because Cather cared so much. Don't think I'd read Carry On but Fangirl was great.