Rowell, Rainbow

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Cath struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250030955
Branch Call Number: y ROWELL 2013
Characteristics: 438 pages ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Fan girl


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Cath starts college after having spent years deep inside the world of fan fiction based on the Simon Snow series (think Harry Potter). Feeling abandoned by her twin sister, who wants a little space (and a separate room) in college, will she be able to open up to the new life before her? As of 08/... Read More »

Feeling cast off when her best friend and twin outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college, while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a word-obsessed classmate and worrying about her fr... Read More »

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, espe... Read More »

In Rainbow Rowells "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 shes really good at it.

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I loves this book but didn't really care for the fanfic.Still a must read!

I loved this book! Personally, I could relate to the main character, Cath. And the excerpts from the Simon Snow series were intriguing. Though I felt like they were a bit too similar to Harry Potter, I wanted to read more about Simon's adventures. But Cath's story was more than enough compensation. Great read! :)

Jan 16, 2015
  • violet_sparrow_16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'll come out and say it- I love this book. I found it at Powells and was so instantly hooked, I went ahead and bought it. I've written fanfiction for a few years and Cath is an amazingly realistic character. The Simon Snow excerpts are amazing, and it made me want to read all of those books too! I reccommend this book to anyone- it's fantabulous. Definitely. Also- Levi is adorable. Okay. I'm done now.

Jan 14, 2015
  • annabisetia rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Terrible! Worst book I have ever read! The main character is written so bad and the fanfic she writes is a rip off of Harry Potter. I really wanted to like this book because I liked the idea of a fanfic writer as the lead of the story. But she was such a weakly written character with no character growth what so ever. The Simon Snow parts of the story were so out of order it got in the way of the story telling.

Jan 01, 2015
  • Strelly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is so extremely realistic and truthful that it makes me giggle. It is an incredibly feel-good book that I highly recommend to all teenage book lovers. Sometimes it is hard to find a good book in the teen section and this is one of the golden few.

Dec 18, 2014
  • bookscoutshawna rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love all of Rainbow Rowell's books, but this is my favorite. Love the characters, especially Cath. I can't wait until Rainbow writes her Baz and Simon book (release in October 2015)!

Dec 03, 2014
  • marypaigeatkinson rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fangirl and Eleanor & Park are entirely different stories, but the character development and chemistry are amazing in both. Fangirl was an awesome read. Really enjoyable.

Nov 24, 2014
  • Pluto_George rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book the first time I read it, and each time I re-read it it is just as amazing! The characters are all extremely memorable, and Cath is one of the most relatable characters I've ever read. Rowell develops her relationships with her twin sister, boyfriend, and everyone else in her life perfectly, and I had trouble not thinking of her as a real person. As in all good books, Cath wasn't the only one who developed over time- all of the characters had to find their place and learn from their mistakes. Though many people weren't extremely fond of them, I also loved the snippets of Simon Snow fanfic before each chapter- they were quick, enjoyable to read, and subtly connected to Cath's life outside fanfiction. This book has been my favorite for almost a year now, and I don't see that changing- Rowell has written an unforgettable story with even more unforgettable characters!

Nov 11, 2014
  • tmohinuddin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favorite books. It is a awesome, cute, and so relatable. Cath and Levi are the worlds cutest couple (bookwise).

This is the first book I've readf by Rianbow Rowell, but not the last. She's got a great voice, her characters are interesting and real. I know nothing about fanfiction but it didn't matter - everyone who has ever struggled to fit in can understand why fanfic was so important to Cath. Loved the "excerpts" from the Simon Snow series - I woudl buy Cath's and Wren"s version of the story.

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Sep 21, 2014
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Sep 09, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 28, 2014
  • MsSimmons rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"And part of her set the whole world on fire just to watch it burn."

Jun 11, 2014
  • katescarlson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Months are different in college, especially freshman year. Too much happens. Every freshman month equals six regular months—they're like dog months.”

But there's nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing.
Think about it, Cath. That's what makes a god - or a mother. There's nothing more intoxicating than creating something from nothing. Creating something form yourself!
(Chapter 23)

Mar 23, 2014
  • lilmisslibrary rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

How do you not like the Internet? That's like saying, 'I don't like things that are convenient. And easy. I don't like having access to all of mankind's recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don't like light. And knowledge.


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Jun 24, 2014
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In the age of tumblr, fanfiction and fanart, Cath is a relateable character for any teen who has geeked out over a book, tv show or movie. Starting her freshman year of college, Cath is facing several new obstacles. Her twin sister Wren doesn't want to room with her so “they can meet other people.” She is dealing with her father’s mental illness. And college has taken time away from completing her epic online fanfiction Carry On written in the world of Simon Snow (a character reminiscent Harry Potter). On top of it all, Cath might be falling in love with her roommate's boyfriend.


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Sep 09, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: The "F" bomb is used, though sparingly, throughout the book.

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