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“Cath lives in the world of Simon and Baz. Fantasy characters from the bestselling Simon Snow series. She has written countless fan fiction stories, and is striving to finish her novel length fic before the final book in the series comes out. She is starting her first year of college at UNL with...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Cather writes fanfiction, so much so that she is almost lost in that world. When she goes off to college she doesn't know how to deal with a roommate, boys, HER TWIN SISTER WHO SEEMS TO EMBRACE COLLEGE, or the writing professor that wants her to use her own voice. Cather slowly, maybe a little too slowly, moves towards her independence and voice.”Mrs. Porter wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was one emotional book. It's so realistic and you connect to the characters no matter how old you are or where you are in life. I believe that the simon and Baz fan fiction is a parody of Harry potter. Simon is harry, Baz is Draco Malloy (a vampire), Penelope is hermione (smart witch) and the hares simon must find are the horcruxes. Humdrum is voldemort. I even remember in harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban, when Draco made fun of harry for fainting because of the dementors, then 'feeling slightly more cheerful, harry helped himself to some fried tomatoes'. That sentence stuck with me and apparently with the author because she used it on simon snow. The gay fan fiction was justified, and handled really well. She wanted people to know that fan fiction and fandom is more than dirty sex and slash stories. It's about living with your favorite characters and favorite world as long as you like. I can relate strongly. The family drama was beautifully written and made me sympathize a lot with them. I hope they make this into a movie, perks of being a wallflower type movie. ”Salar B wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really, really loved this book! Fun characters, really heart-warming romance, and even an interesting book-within-a-book going on. Rainbow Rowell is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA authors. My only complaint about this book is that at times it seemed a little redundant and perhaps needed to be edited by about 50-75 pages or so, but I'll try not to hold that against it too much.”Noel C wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Rainbow Rowell just has a way with words. She's funny and sarcastic, but sweet and serious too. She deals with mental illness and binge drinking, but they're not the focus of the story. Fangirl was lighter even as it dealt with a few heavy issues.
I spent practically the entirety of the book smiling. I would catch myself grinning just because I was reading the book. Little lines like this one would get a giggle out of me:
'Reagan rolled her eyes again. Cath made a mental note to stop rolling her eyes at people.'
And Reagan, I just loved her. She was the best roommate Cath could have gotten.
'But you're so helpless sometimes. It's like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.'
Throughout the book, at the beginning of each chapter there would be a passage from either canon or the fanfiction that Cath was writing in the Simon Snow world. I found myself entranced even by these. When she would read her fanfiction out loud to Levi, or she and Wren discussed Carry On I ate it up just like I was the main story. It reminded me (as it was supposed to I assume) of Harry Potter. Loving a fictional world so much and being so incredibly sad when it's over.
Rainbow Rowell does not disappoint. ”
“I really enjoyed the characters in this book, especially Cather. Often I could really share in her emotions. Disappointed with the ending though. I feel like it ended a few chapters short. ”Amber D wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“(5)”Madeline B. wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“!!!!!! I LOVED IT!”Ansley wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Cath and her twin sister Wren have always been together. Always, but when they start college they are apart with different roommates and suddenly very different styles. Wren goes to parties. Cath would prefer not to find the dining hall. Cath refuses to give up hope though on the one thing that has helped her: her fanfiction for Simon Snow (think Harry Potter). With an array of characters on a college campus in Nebraska, Cath will be pulled out of her shell, but will she like it? Recommended for high school readers.”Wissahickon Vally Public Library Youth Services wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“realistic and well-written story of two sisters (twins) who deal with first-year life at college and balancing that new world and new challenges with family and friends. Excellent, detailed look at how YAs think and deal with life. (I particularly liked the romance =)”Janie P wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great story by Rainbow Rowell. The college-aged main character, Cath, is a fan-fiction writer and this is the story of her experiences as a freshmen in college studying fiction writing, meeting boys, making friends, and learning to live a separate life from her twin sister, Wren.”Gail wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No