FangirlBook - 2013
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EPLGreatStuff_Julie Feb 01, 2016
Perhaps I enjoyed myself a little too much in college, as I was very concerned with Cath's lack of college social life. Isn't college for partying and sometimes going to class? Ok, I'm a bad role model but thankfully Cath is not. She manages to go to all of her classes, write a crazy amount of fa... Read More »
loonylovesgood Dec 17, 2013
LOVED this! Especially great for Tumblr addicts like me. Loved how Simon Snow is obviously a reference to both Harry Potter and Twilight. Great story and really funny moments. I will definitely read more by Rainbow Rowell!
bkilfoy Nov 29, 2013
I loved this book. Not just because Cath and I are kindred spirits (there's definitely some fanfiction lurking in my online closet) but because Rainbow Rowell creates a realistic first year college experience for a girl who is far more comfortable lurking in her room then trying to figure out the... Read More »
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“But you're so helpless sometimes. It's like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”
“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.”
“You’re never going to find a guy who’s exactly like you—first of all, because that guy never leaves his dorm room.”
“That moment," she told Cath, "when you realize that a guy's looking at you differently—that you're taking up more space in his field of vision. That moment when you know he can't see past you anymore.”
“How do you not like the Internet? That's like saying, 'I don't like things that are convenient. And easy. I don't like having access to all of mankind's recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don't like light. And knowledge.”
“I miss you."
"That's stupid," she said. "I saw you this morning."
"It's not the time," Levi said, and she could hear that he was smiling." It's the distance.”
“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”
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VegasTraining thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
AliciaMochi thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 17
mausi13012003 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 15
MrDrProfessorPatrick thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 28
white_dog_462 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 16
SummaryAdd a Summary
College transition, fandom and first love. Another winner from the author of Eleanor and Park!
The events of the book take place during Cath Avery's freshman year at college. When it turns out her identical twin Wren does not want to room with her but meet new people, Cath is alone and without her twin's support for the first time in her life. The only consistency in her life becomes her daily posts in her lengthy and hugely popular fanfiction novel, Carry On, Simon. Between juggling a brusque roommate, her changing relationship with her sister, and her concern for her father's mental stability, Cath's college experience is a never-ending rollercoaster ride of both ups and downs that will expose strengths she never knew she had.
In the age of tumblr, fanfiction and fanart, Cath is a relateable character for any teen who has geeked out over a book, tv show or movie. Starting her freshman year of college, Cath is facing several new obstacles. Her twin sister Wren doesn't want to room with her so “they can meet other people.” She is dealing with her father’s mental illness. And college has taken time away from completing her epic online fanfiction Carry On written in the world of Simon Snow (a character reminiscent Harry Potter). On top of it all, Cath might be falling in love with her roommate's boyfriend.