Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Macmillan

Release Date: September 10, 2013

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5 + RR


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Cath begins her freshmen year of college feeling like a fish out of water. She has a new roommate, Regan. Cath had hoped to room with her best friend, who is also her twin sister Wren, but her sister tossed that idea out. Wren wants to experience college without being known as a twin while Cath can't imagine experiencing college without her twin by her side. However, Cath must persevere. Cath's introverted ways have made her a success in the world of online fanfiction, where she writes one of the most famous Simon Snow fanfics around but that success does not necessarily translate to success in her fiction writing class. As Cath struggles to make new friends, to keep an eye on her twin sister, and watch over their dad from afar, she discovers that college has a lot more to offer if she is willing to take small steps to happiness.

FANGIRL is a completely wonderful story. It falls squarely in-between young adult and new adult but it can be enjoyed by all adult ages. Cath's emotions and her fears over her college life are normal and resonate off the pages of the story. Cath's story is compelling because all of us have felt the way she is feeling at one point or another in our lifetime. Whether it is in a college setting or starting a new job, that unsure feeling makes for absorbing reading. And of course, college would not be college without a little fun thrown in. As Regan introduces Cath to the wonders of bowling, to the college cafeteria, and to getting out of her shell, Cath forges a new friendship she never expected but that is hilarious to watch unfold. There is also a very well-written romance involving Cath and a farm boy named Levi who just happens to be incredibly sweet and funny and somehow just perfect for Cath.

FANGIRL is one of my favorite stories of the year. The hilarious dialog between Cath and Regan, Cath's heartrending relationship with her father and twin sister, and Cath's growing confidence as a writer make this a book that is hard to put down. I am definitely a fangirl of Rainbow Rowell!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sarah W

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