Posted in Module 4, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Fiction

Module 4: Fangirl

Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

ISBN: 978-1-250-03095-5

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press



This story follows Cath, a slightly nerdy fan fiction writer just starting her freshman year of college. She is a twin, but her counterpart seems to not want anything to do with her, and requests to live in separate dorm rooms on the opposites sides of campus. Cath finds herself awkwardly trying to survive her first semester, all while losing herself in writing fan fiction. Her room mate seems to hate her, and Levi, who Cath thinks is her room mate’s boyfriend, spends more time than her room mate does in their dorm room. reagan and Levi take pity on Cath, and demand that she let them get her out of the room once in a while. Cath slowly adapts, and becomes friends with the couple, not knowing that the boy is not her room mate’s boyfriend at all. He spends so much time in her dorm room because he like her, and is doing all that he can to show her. Meanwhile, Cath’s twin is out of control and her dad is struggling at home without them. In the end, Cath realizes that Levi is interested in her and she opens up enough to begin a relationship with him. She reconciles with her sister, and helps her father find strength and peace within himself.

Rowell, R. (2013). Fangirl. United States: St. Martin’s Press.



I liked almost everything about this book. For one, I was able to utterly lose myself in the story. I related to the main character extremely well, and was able to escape to her world completely. Secondly, the story had such an engaging and believable plot. Cath goes through what all of us go through as a freshman. And deals with her problems in the only way she can, by writing fan fiction. I found myself cheering Cath on, and even yelling at my book when she fails to connect with Levi. This story gives the reader a delicious taste of what it means to be a fangirl trying to figure out how to grow up and still stay true to herself. I did get a little frustrated with the length of the “fan fiction” sections. I felt like Rowell could have made the same impression with shorter sections. I cared more about Cath’s personal story than I did about the characters she wrote in her fan fiction. I was emotionally invested in her story, not theirs. I found myself wanting to skim through those sections to get to another juicy advancement in the plot. Overall, this is a delightful read. I recommend it to readers 15-adult (gr. 9 and up).

For Use in the Library:

This is a great title to display prominently on your “must reads” shelf. The cover is eye catching and well designed. It will catch any reader’s attention and cause them to ask more about it. This book is fantastic, and easy to talk up once the display has caught a reader’s interest.


Horn Book Magazine
( November 08, 2013; )
College freshman Cather Avery is resistant to big life changes such as moving away from home and leaving her childhood behind. With identical twin sister Wren eager for more independence, Cath holes up in her dorm room, writing on her own the fanfiction they used to create together about the Harry Potteresque Simon Snow books: It felt goodto get lost in the World of Mages and stay lostThis was why Cath wrote fic. For these hours when their world supplanted the real world. But as Caths first year progresses, she is continually pushed outside her comfort zone: by her snarky roommate, Reagan; by Levi, Reagans ex-boyfriend with the smiles and floppy hair (and eventually Caths first love interest); by her fiction-writing professor; by her manic but well-meaning father; and even by her estranged mother. While the fanfiction and first-love story lines are important, this is first and foremost Caths coming-of-age story. She is a teenager overcoming numerous insecurities and learning to balance family and school responsibilities with her writing and romantic interests in order to discover what truly matters in her life. As she did in Eleanor Park (rev. 5/13), Rowell creates a refined narrative style that transitions seamlessly between Caths strong interior voice and clever dialogue to fully develop Caths complex personality. Between chapters, Rowell incorporates scenes from both the Simon Snow series and Caths fanfiction, further connecting readers to Caths literature-centric world. This sophisticated novel from a talented writer will captivate nerds, romantics, and book lovers alike. cynthia k. ritter (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Ritter, C. K. (2013). [Review of the book Fangirl by, R. Rowell]. Horn Book Magazine, 89(6), 105-106. Retrieved from