Fangirl YA Novels

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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? Writing her own stories? Open her heart to someone?
Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?

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  • Feel the Simon and Baz Love

    4 out of 5

    Written by , Posted on at 3:00:54 PM

    The world of one geek girl’s truly absorbed fascination with her chosen genre is thoroughly and delightfully explored. Cath’s immersion in her interior world, her unswerving love of Simon Snow fanfiction and her feverish efforts to submit her two-year-old fanfic writings to her online fans are things to marvel at and treasure. Any person who’s ever been labeled a geek or nerd can relate to her fierce devotion. Her exterior life is also laid bare in all its painful awkwardness. Like many introverts who live almost exclusively within their own minds, her attempts at negotiating such affairs as parties, family get-togethers and interactions with the opposite sex are bungling and fraught with inner turmoil. But she lumbers on and, surprisingly, realizes that she’s not the total loser that she’s always thought herself to be. Cath’s personal negotiations with her family also come under intense scrutiny. If children are very much the sum of their parents’s DNA, how much of Cath’s withering reserve and her twin sister’s self-destructive behavior are the result of their father’s manic fits and their mother’s baffling abandonment? These questions are left unanswered but you realize that’s as it should be. Real life, unlike fictional narratives, don’t always call for neatly tied-up ends. Cath’s journey of self-discovery is accompanied by excerpts from the fictional Simon Snow world. Like the fans of Simon Snow, you wish Cath was real. Underneath all her shyness, she becomes a wonderful person to know.