Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 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 ...

Details Fangirl

Release DateSep 10th, 2013
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
Number of pages445 pages
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Reviews Fangirl

  • Khanh (the Grinch)
    Actual rating: 2.5 Levi said. “It’s hard for me to get my head around. It’s like hearing that Harry Potter is gay." Ok, why the fuck are you referencing Harry Potter after having based the entire book around a fictionalized version of Harry Potter known as Simon Snow? Why?!If you wanted a true sense of fandom, don't look for it here. Don't get me wrong, I liked this book, but it is a coming-of-age book that was misrepresented as a book abou...
  • 2013-09-09
    It’s like Rainbow Rowell writes in peanut butter and stolen moments and lazy eyelash wishes.♥That’s the best and only way I can describe it.♥It’s 433 pages of a guaranteed good day.I’m so jealous of you guys right now, it’s crazy!Because I can’t read this book for the first time again.So when you finish it, and you’re just sitting there all thoughtful and wordless (grinning like an 8th grader with prom tickets)… You’re not a...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
  • Steph Sinclair
    It's time for Rainbow Rowell and I to break up.I didn't want to admit it, but after reading all of her books now, I can safely say her writing style just isn't for me. It's like that time I cheerfully broke up with Cassandra Clare, though, admittedly, over different reasons. But this time it hurts. It wounds me to realize that I can't join in with all my friends, ride the Rainbow iz Queen bandwagon, roll around in a meadow of flowers that magic...
  • Emily May
    “Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.” I enjoyed Fangirl. Though the way I feel about it is almost exactly how I feel about Eleanor & Park. They are both cute books with complex, well-developed characters, and yet I feel like something is missing that just holds both books back from being truly memorable.Rowell writes quirky, detailed characters that are different and honest. I liked the antisocial, awkward and weird Ca...
  • Kristin (KC)
    *6 Stars!*I loved this story to infinity and beyond...My favorite types of books are the ones that speak to you; directly to the reader. The ones that resonate so deeply within your psyche that you feel as though you're actually learning things about yourself in the process.That is exactly what I experienced while reading Fangirl. If you were to judge by the cover and blurb alone, you may think this story is nothing but a quirky, fun read about a...
  • Zoë
    Reread October 2015: AHHHHH I felt all the love for this book that I felt the first time plus more! I love everything about this book and I want to reread it again immediately ;DOriginal review from December 2013: Fangirl was so cute and relatable! I loved every single character and their relationships with each other. Rainbow Rowell's writing style is wonderful and I can't wait to read more books from her!
  • Natalie
    “You don’t do magic,” she said, trying to smile modestly and mostly succeeding. “You are magic.”My annual reread of Fangirl has been completed (2 years and going), and it just gets better and better.Sometimes, on a gray day, I flip through this book to cheer myself up or to remind myself that everything will be okay. And it does its job every single time, which I’m more than grateful for. It’s like a consolation, an old friend, a fa...
  • Lauren
    And just like that, I'm finished.Now what?Dammit Rainbow, I'm going to be lost for the next week now, with no fictional boyfriend to curl up with at night.I'm sure in your internet travels, you've all seen the comic that says "That moment when you finish a book, look around, and realise that everyone is just carrying on with their lives as though you didn't just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback."That is me. Right now. At 1a...
  • Cecile
    ***WARNING***This review is long (even for me) and if you liked the book, you probably shouldn’t bother with it. (And yes, before you ask, the titles do refer to fangirling lore)1. My Body is ReadyI was quite excited to read Fangirl, at first. Trusted GR friends have loved this book, and I thought it would actually be -a bit- about the fangirling life (which I have been living fully for a year and a half, so I was like “Oooh, my ELEMENT, yay!...
  • Komal Mikaelson
    Edit: Downgrading the rating to 4. When I look back now, there are some minor issues, which I initially overlooked. So, yeah, maybe a 4.5 read but definitely not a 5. Initial Reaction After Completion You know how we all cry at tragedies. We cry with Rose in Titanic, with Liesel in The Book Thief, with Harry in Shell Cottage, with Maya in Forbidden. We are a sentimental specie and we cry a damn lot.But how many of us cry at an especially beautifu...
  • Christy
    5 AMAZING & SPECTACULAR STARS!!! I just LOVED this book! It made me so happy! Everything about it- just fantastic! Cath is a twin. She is a writer. She is a Simon Snow fan. Quite possibly the biggest Simon Snow fan there is. Cather’s big thing is fanfiction. She takes her most favorite books, and writes her own stories. She makes the two main guys in the books gay and in love. "It's bad enough that you have homemade Simon Snow posters," Reaga...
  • Ariel
    WELL. FANGIRL. IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL RIGHT NOW. I read it, so let’s talk about it!Things I liked:- The examination of fanfiction as a type of literature- The importance of family through sibling and parent relationships- The importance of moving on and letting go (although I felt this plot point was drobbed and underdeveloped.. but the idea was there!)- Adorable adorable romance- Showing the reality of social awkwardness- The alternate Harr...
  • Lola Reviewer
    CARRY ON AND FANGIRL ALL OVER THIS BOOK.Oh my freaking god. How crazy is it that I now feel like starting a new blog and loosing myself in my own written virtual universe? Ha, I definitely don’t have time for that, but Cather is one inspiring girl. The word ‘‘fanfiction’’ is not one I am unfamiliar with. I know what it means, how it works and what kind of effect it has on people. I’ve just never been a ‘‘fan’’ of it myself. I ...
  • Lauren
    You know, it’s been so long since I’ve disliked a book to the point of wanting to rant about it that I was starting to think I’d lost my cynical edge.So I guess that’s one point in Fangirl’s favor.And, you know, I liked Fangirl at first. It seemed that it was going to do something new with a protagonist that wasn’t the typical quirky teen girl.Here’s where I stop and give my short review before delving into a much-needed rant: The p...
  • Samantha
    4.5 stars! As someone with anxiety who also has immersed herself in fandom since high school, this was almost the perfect contemporary for me. I still struggled with whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. Who knows... After a day I may come back to give it 5.. I did read it in one day after all.
  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    Yes, I'd like me one Levi Stewart please, thank you.(Art by this very talented human.)___________________________________Book Song: Afraid by The Neighbourhood.___________________________________
  • Hannah
    This was everything I wanted and more. I absolutely loved it <3
  • Christine Riccio
    Loved this book <3 Full review/booktalk:
  • karen
    ah, fanfiction. it is such a curious phenomenon to me. i find its very existence delightful and wondrous, but i know it is not for me, not really. i've never loved any book or any character enough to read fanfic about. there are books i wish had sequels, sure, but i have never wanted to seek out work by people other than the original author about specific characters or worlds. also, since the relationshippy parts of books are usually my least fav...
  • Regan
    I want more.
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    First read November 2013Reread October 2015I definitely changed my opinions on this book after reading it a second time, so here's a little updated review!Back in 2013, I read and reviewed 'Fangirl', and since then I've read it again only to find my thoughts and opinions have changed.When I first read the book, I remember being so frustrated with Cath for throwing away her University degree by not doing her assignments because she didn't feel lik...
  • Kai
    “I'm the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight.”Fangirl is one of my all time favourites. It's one of those "cuddle up with a blanket"-"sip hot chocolate"-"feel good"-books. There's not many books that can do this to me. I think this works so good for me, because Rainbow Rowell really captured that kind of sadness and loneliness, which also functions as an emotional wall between the protagonist and the outer w...
  • Susanne
    Fangirl had quality. It was well-written, well-told and well-crafted. I had super high hopes! I know some of my friends said that this was the best book this year. But for me, it dragged and it was B.O.R.I.N.G. I was close to not finish it. I am glad I stuck it out but it felt like a chore. I was like – did I get another book than all the other reviewers? It is a story about Cather who writes fanfiction and prefer her Internet friends. She is a...
  • Debra
    ♥ 4.5 STARS. ♥Fangirl was such a refreshing and wonderful story! It's both a coming of age story about a girl starting a new life in college, as well as a friend to lovers story. From the moment I started reading it, Rainbow Rowell managed to suck me into the world of Cath, Levi, Simon Snow and all the other equally unique side characters. The author's easyflowing writing style made it seem as a very simple story at the time I was reading it,...
  • Maureen
    This was a 4.5 for me. I really really liked it but didn't necessarily love it. It was such a relatable and real story to anyone who has ever been a part of a fandom and there were so many late 2000s pop culture references that I loved! AND LEVI. Levi was so wonderful. Overall, really did like it :)Reread June 17-18, 2015 for #fivefaves & #rainbowthonWELL WOW. I can safely say this is one of my favorites now, and definitely 5 stars. I think I rea...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    3.5"Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision."•One word to describe Fangirl? Easy: cute. Everything, in this book, is cute: plot, characters, writing, even the pace. The problem with cute is that it's okay, more than okay, only, it doesn't stick. You feel all warm and squishy while you're reading, and it's good, and you may feel a bit like that when you think about some moments of the story afterwards, and that's good too, but...
  • Empress of Books
    This book has long sat unread and neglected in my room. But now, after the enthusiastic screeches of my trusted GR buddies sounding in my ear, I shall finally read my first contemporary novel.WISH ME LUCK!****************************************I stayed up till 12:07 (midnight) finishing this book. Technically, it's now Thursday. Technically, it's a new day. Technically, I read through the night.Empress of Books: the physical incarnation of sleep...
  • Camilla
    4.25 stars! // Almost as good as every other book by Rainbow Rowell. Her writing just makes me feel something very special, and she's definitely one of my all time favorite authors! "Fangirl" is not perfect (I did not enjoy the chapters from the Simon Snow books that much, or Cath's fanfiction, but luckily it wasn't that much of it that it really bothered me), and it's not my favorite by Rowell - but it's still very, very good. Her characters alw...
  • Jaime Arkin
    When I saw the summary for Fangirl I knew I had to have it. You see… I’m a fangirl. Or at least I’ve been one. (haven’t we all though?) And some of you even know me from the Fan Fiction world. There… I said it. I’ve written and read Fan Fiction. Fangirl is Cather’s story. She’s an identical twin and starting her first year of college. But nothing is as she had expected it to be. She expected very little to change when she moved o...