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  • Published: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2013.
  • Year Published: 2013
  • Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
  • Description: 438 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781250030955


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by Rowell, Rainbow.

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Call number: Teen Fiction / Rowell, Rainbow

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, 1st Floor, Pittsfield Teen

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Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.

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My fav Rainbow Rowell

Really excellent on sudio - allows you to hear the Simon Snow sections in wonderful atmospheric sound.


Fun, quick read with an adorable love story! The characters seemed very well-developed, and I loved the story. Didn't want it to end!!

Light, but well-written & enjoyable

This was light and fun, but well-written and so quite enjoyable.

I'm not sure if it was supposed to have deep meaning, what with its forays into a twin who is outgoing (to the point of drinking to blackouts her first semester in college) vs. a twin who can't leave her room to find the dining hall, a fanfiction writer who has tens of thousands of readers vs. a professor who says fanfiction has no value, the mother who left her children when they were eight vs. the main character who is ready to give up her scholarship to stay home with her bipolar father. Certainly all of these (and more) could be springboards for interesting conversations.

But the story itself mostly felt light and engaging. The characters were quirky and well-rounded. They had personality. Come to think of it, there was hardly any environment at all... the whole story was the characters, and the internal world of the Simon Snow story and the fanfiction writing about it. Huh. Interesting. And so very well done.

Loved it

It was a really great book! I couldn't stop reading it and when it was done I couldn't wait to read more of Rainbow Rowell's books.

Good Book

This is actually my favorite book by Rainbow Rowell. It's funny and realistic.

Good Book

I enjoyed the plot of this story although I didn't find it as engrossing as Eleanor & Park. I liked the character development and plot line. I'd agree with manz that the narration and dialog was funny. It seemed honestly written.

Midwestern Teen Love Story

Lovely story about a college freshman in Nebraska. Rowell's becoming one of my favorite YA authors. This coming-of-age story touches on so many different things: fan fiction and the internet, fantasy books and their fan communities (think Harry Potter), slash fiction, bipolar disorder, twins, parental abandonment, college drinking, roommates, anxiety....all of this without becoming heavy-handed or preachy. It was awesome.

The only thing I didn't love about this book was the cover. And it took a while for me to realize just how deep the story was; it seemed cutesy (like the cover) at first, and it has definitely been marketed/advertised that way.

good teen book!

Another great book from Rainbow Rowell. I really enjoyed Echo & Park, and was excited to read the author's follow-up novel. While I preferred Echo to Fangirl, I still found Fangirl a fun and refreshing read. Very funny narration and dialog.

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