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'Fangirl' Brings a Unique, Nerdy Spin to the Typical Coming-of-Age Novel

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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When women are stressed they look for release in different ways. Many shop for shoes, some grab drinks with friends and others turn to writing fan fiction. Wait, what? If you are wondering what fan fiction is, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is going to be an eye-opening read. On the other hand, if you are well acquainted with the world of fan fiction and fandoms this novel will be a warm welcome home. Fangirl is such an ingenious and fresh novel, this writer wishes she would have come up with the idea first.

Fangirl follows the narrator Cath and her twin sister Wren as they make the transition to college life. Cath and Wren have been obsessed with Simon Snow (a book series about a young magician which is eerily similar to J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter) fans since they were little; it is what helped them cope with being abandoned by their mother. They read the books, went to movie premieres together dressed as the characters and even wrote fan fiction. Now that they are older Wren seems to want to leave the Simon Snow fandom, and her twin sister Cath, behind to create her own new life.

Without her sister by her side, Cath is forced to meet new people. From her scary upperclassman roommate to the cute guy in her Creative Writing class, Cath will experience a wide range of reactions to her fangirl status. When Cath is challenged by troubles at home and school, readers will follow Cath as she is torn between falling deeper into the comforting world of Simon Snow and turning to her new friends for help. Rainbow Rowell’s unique novel will keep readers entertained with Cath’s quirky narration, plus excerpts from the Simon Snow books, Cath’s fan fiction and her college writings.

Fangirl is available on loan from the Allentown Public Library. It is also available for purchase in eBook or print format from Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other book retailers. Readers can only hope Rainbow Rowell will be in negotiations with production companies soon because Fangirl is definitely big screen worthy. For readers who thought the life of a fangirl was quite dull, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. This is the perfect novel to keep any bookworm nerdy and warm on a cold winter evening.

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