FangirlLarge Print - 2014
From Library Staff
Cath is off to college when her twin sister abandons her for another roommate. Cath dives into her online world of fan fiction to cope, but soon she must come up for air to discover how exciting reality can be.
Cath, a nerdy introvert, is the author of a popular fan fiction blog and is completely dependent on her twin sister for everything social. When her twin abandons her for another roommate the first day of college, Cath is forced to stand on her own two feet in the real world, not her fictional ones.
movieangel Jan 23, 2017
Through Cath, Rainbow Rowell navigates the tough transitions between high school and college, between what's comfortable and what's new, between living in a writer's world and living in the real wold. Her story is alternately funny, poignant, and honest, making this one of the rare books that I s... Read More »
DCLteens Nov 17, 2016
Fangirl introduces Cath and her twin sister Wren, who became obsessed with the Simon Snow series when they were just kids and their mother left. Simon is a wizard who is the “Chosen One” in the series. Hanging out in Simon Snow chat rooms and writing fan fiction consumes their lives until they go... Read More »
Cath is known in the cyber world for her fan fiction of the most popular fantasy series. But in the real world she is awkward, and she's starting her first year of college. It is up to her to decide which world she will live in.
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“But you're so helpless sometimes. It's like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”
“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.”
“You’re never going to find a guy who’s exactly like you—first of all, because that guy never leaves his dorm room.”
“That moment," she told Cath, "when you realize that a guy's looking at you differently—that you're taking up more space in his field of vision. That moment when you know he can't see past you anymore.”
“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.”
“I miss you."
"That's stupid," she said. "I saw you this morning."
"It's not the time," Levi said, and she could hear that he was smiling." It's the distance.”
“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”
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AliciaMochi thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 17
mausi13012003 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 15
MrDrProfessorPatrick thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 28
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College transition, fandom and first love. Another winner from the author of Eleanor and Park!
The events of the book take place during Cath Avery's freshman year at college. When it turns out her identical twin Wren does not want to room with her but meet new people, Cath is alone and without her twin's support for the first time in her life. The only consistency in her life becomes her daily posts in her lengthy and hugely popular fanfiction novel, Carry On, Simon. Between juggling a brusque roommate, her changing relationship with her sister, and her concern for her father's mental stability, Cath's college experience is a never-ending rollercoaster ride of both ups and downs that will expose strengths she never knew she had.
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.