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Publisher's Note:  

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? Writing her own stories?

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



Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Review Date:
10/15/2013

Recommended Age:
18+

Overall Rating:
****1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:
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Sex / Nudity Rating:
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Overall Review:  

Rainbow Rowell is a unique, and fearless author who has created several masterpieces in the past few years. I first stumbled across her name on Amazon while browsing the new teen books. The cover of her first teen novel, Eleanor & Park caught my eye, and once I had read the synopsis, I knew I wanted- no needed - to read it.

 

When I discovered that she was coming out with a new book, Fangirl, I was ecstatic. Okay, I may not have fainted, squealed, or wet my pants with my excitement...all definitions of "fangirling" on Urban Dictionary, but I did write the title down on my list of books to read ASAP. I would highly recommend that you do the same. While this book may be marketed for anyone that shops in the teen section at a bookstore, I would caution younger teens from picking up this title. The story in itself is great, but there are several instances that would most likely be rated PG-13 or R if this book were a movie.

 

But some of these said instances are what makes this book what it is...which is a story about sisters, first loves, college, leaving home, and finding a place in this crazy thing called life. It also takes a close look at the transition from childhood to adulthood, and how sometimes just to feel a little comfort, we hold on to the one thing that makes sense to us.


Content Analysis:  

Language/Profanity: 1 religious exclamation; 10 mild obscenities; 6 religious profanities; 4 derogatory names; 1 scatological word; 1 anatomical term; 20 f-word derivatives

 

Violence/Gore:  None

 

Sex/Nudity: Teens kiss; teens have several sexual encounters, two of which involve innuendo and talk of nudity; incest is mentioned in a joke; teens talk of a partner cheating on another; teens have a sleepover that is co-ed; several characters are referred to as "perverts"; a gay character in a book is mentioned and referred to a couple of times; situations where a young teen is exploring her sexuality for the first time.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Teen parties; college life; teen exploration of personal sexuality



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Teens drink alcohol; teens smoke; there are several party scenes where alcohol is involved



Reviewed By Lydia
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