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HAPPY PRIDE MONTH, EVERYONE - THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL TO CARRY ON. I haven't felt this much hype about a book release since my Harry-Potter-midnight-release days. It makes sense, when Carry On was first released, many people complained that it was just HP fan-fiction. It's so much more than that, though! Rainbow Rowell took the best elements of Harry Potter and expanded on them (and added… (more)
Most years, I don't make much fuss about my birthday. Not infrequently, I'll forget it's coming and only remember when thoughtful friends and family start asking me about presents. But not this year! This year, I decided to treat myself to a birthday extravaganza. And when I realized I'd have a blog post due around the time my birthday hits, I was full of ideas to tie the wondrous fact of… (more)
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When her twin sister dumps her for an unfamiliar roommate and new social life their first year of college, Cath is left floundering. She only leaves her dorm room to attend class, and spends all of her free time writing fan fiction for Simon Snow, a Harry Potter–like fantasy series.
LPL_ColtonS Aug 23, 2019
I love EVERYTHING Rainbow Rowell! That being said, Fangirl is one of my all-time favorites.
Fangirl follows Cath, a recent high school grad with plans to study creative writing in college, but finds that not everyone has the same ideas of good, original writing. Cath's main subject of concentra... Read More »
"At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. As sharp and emotionally resonant as R... Read More »
As a college freshman, Cath struggles to find her place as she tries to balance her chaotic home life, her fan-fiction writing, and school, while discovering what life is like without her twin sister.
A story of friendship, family, first love, and FANFICTION! Absolutely adorable.
From the critics
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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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VegasTraining thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
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
white_dog_462 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 16
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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.