Thursday, September 12, 2013


From the author 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 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?

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

So, I loved Eleanor & Park, but I think I loved Fangirl a little bit more. 

First of all, that cover. I am just madly in love with Noelle Stevenson's art (are you guys reading Nimona? If not, get on it), and I love to see it on this book cover. It's just so awesome and so perfect for a book about fandom. 

Second, I really saw myself in the pages of this book, as I think a lot of people will. For me it wasn't so much the fandom stuff, for me it was Cath's extreme introversion and anxiety about her new situation. If you know me at all, you know I can get some major anxiety in unfamiliar social situations, so I saw myself in Cath right away. There's one particular thing she does that is just SO ME that I couldn't believe that Rainbow Rowell wasn't spying on me at some point in my life. (Granted, it's not something I actually did, but it's absolutely something I would have done.) This book just nails life as an introvert and life for someone with social anxiety, and I felt so at home while reading it. 

And, of course, this book has more of the lovely writing that I fell in love with in Eleanor & Park. I wanted to live in these pages while I was much heart and humor and truth is captured in this book. I hope I can write like this some day. 

This book will appeal to people in fandoms, introverts, fans of Eleanor & Park, people who like a sweet, slow-burn romance, and basically anyone who likes good writing. 

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  1. I'm on a self-imposed book-buying ban for the next little while, but I might have to cheat for this one. I just read E&P and loved it, and I've heard nothing but good things about this one too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it, Jess! :-)

  2. This is supposed to arrive in the mail today...I can't wait.

  3. I love this book! Jess, if you haven't read ATTACHMENTS yet, I highly recommend that, too. I liked FANGIRL better, but ATTACHMENTS is hilarious.

  4. I cannot wait to read this book. It sounds awesome.

  5. I've been seeing a lot of hype about this book on Tumblr, and I want to read it. I think I'll read Eleanor & Park first for my Debut Author Challenge, but thanks for sharing the review!

  6. I'm reading this now, and absolutely LOVING it. Rainbow Rowell's writing reads as effortless, and it's such a joy to spend time with these characters. The details in this story are making me want to revisit my freshman dorm year -- something I NEVER thought would happen! Great review, Jess. :-)

  7. I also loved this book a bit more than E&P! Rainbow Rowell is just amazing. :)