This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer discusses Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. If you enjoyed Fangirl, there is also a companion novel, Carry On, by the same author.

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Esha C., Teen Reviewer

fangirlBook Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Format: Book

Year Of Publication: 2013

Who Will This Book Appeal To: Readers who enjoy books by John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and Jandy Nelson.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl tells the story of fanfic loving Cath, and her journey through her first year of college. Cath is the author of a very popular fanfiction based on the Simon Snow series (similar to Harry Potter), and often gets caught up in her fantasy world, only to be reminded that pretty much everyone around her (most importantly her cooler and much more outgoing twin sister, Wren) has moved on. Cath struggles to fortify her relationships with her sister and love interest, Levi, and has trouble letting her loved ones in. Between, dealing with sister drama, boyfriend miscommunications, and a dad whose health is slowly eroding, Cath finds herself turning back to her fanfic time after time- as a source of comfort that clears her mind.  By the end of the novel, Cath has adjusted to the freedom and craziness of college, and is ready to further her new relationships with her friends, family, and boyfriend.

Fangirl is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read.  The characters were so relatable and Cath’s insecurities and problems were easy to understand.  The book is very well balanced; it has drama and conflict, but is funny and lighthearted at the same time. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy young adult novels! (There is no material in the book that would make anyone want to stop reading or uncomfortable.)