What can I say about Rainbow Rowell that hasn't already been said? She gets me. She's a Nora Ephron for the digital age. Each of her three excellent books, while standing alone, share the same clever sweetness - the same wit. I knew I would love Fangirl before I even opened it, and of course I did! Although I've never read or written "fan-fiction" as the main character Cather does, I identified with her intense love of books, her unabashed nerdiness and her weakness for guys with floppy hair. Do yourself a favor and buy this book for yourself and everyone you know!— Lauren's Staff Picks
Cath writes. Fanfiction, for the most part, in the world of bestselling book series, Simon Snow. She lives and breathes everything Simon along with her twin, Wren. Now she's at her first year of college, and although she doesn't seek independence and new friends like her sister, she does travel deeper into the magical world of Simon. For Cath, fictional places and people are easier to deal with than the real boring world. I absolutely lost myself within this book. It's quite a big book, which is good because I didn't want it to end. And as soon as I did finish, I wanted to read it all over again. Fangirl is honest, sweet, and at times laugh out loud funny. It's a light read and manages to balance a friendly charm a là Anna and the French Kiss, with an honest portrayal of exactly what it's like to be young and in love. If you consider yourself a part of any fandom or Harry/Draco shipper, then guys, this book was written for you.— LEAH'S STAFF PICKS
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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
About the Author
RAINBOW ROWELL lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She's also the author of "Attachments."