Fangirl (by Rainbow Rowell: Teen Fiction) © 2013

Summary: Gemma T. Leslie’s Simon Snow series is a bestselling eight book saga that follows the adventures of Simon Snow, a young wizard attending Watford School of Magicks. To Cath, Simon Snow is so much more than a favorite book: it’s her escape from her real life. Cath writes her own Simon Snow stories in an online fan fiction community—and she’s really good at it. When Cath writes, she can forget her problems: a surly roommate and her always-present, always-smiling boyfriend, a twin sister who has turned into a partying stranger since she got to college, a father who works too hard and sometimes forgets to eat, and a fiction-writing professor who believe that Cath’s passion is a kind of plagiarism. But college makes it increasingly difficult for Cath to ignore her real life, and for the first time, she must decide whether or not to take an active role in writing her own story.

Review: Fangirl is a quirky coming-of-age story that grabs you by the heartstrings and doesn’t let go. Cath is a beautifully complex character—her anxieties and struggles are relatable and keenly felt by the reader. Rainbow Rowell masterfully uses both Simon Snow canon and Cath’s fan fiction throughout the book, adding more layers to a rich plot. While Fangirl has a very broad appeal, it will particularly resonate with fan fiction readers and writers, both present and former. Fans of Harry Potter will particularly appreciate the sly similarities between Harry Potter and Simon Snow.

Read-a-Likes: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Available in Book and eAudiobook formats), Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Available in Book and eAudiobook formats), The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Available in Book and eAudiobook formats), Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (Available in Book and eAudiobook formats), 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (Available in Book and eBook formats).

Reviewed by: Martha

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