In this incredibly popular book (the author published Eleanor & Park earlier this year), Cath 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 after her parents’ divorce. Cath’s life centers around Simon Snow, a fictional character a bit like Harry Potter and every bit as popular; while Cath continues to write fanfic and dress up for movie premieres, her twin sister Wren has outgrown him. The question is, what will it take for Cath to grow up?
While you’re waiting for Fangirl, try these books for their nerdy characters, devoted fandom, and complicated relationships.
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, by Julie Halpern
When Jessie’s best friend transforms herself into a punk and goes after Jessie’s would-be boyfriend, Jessie decides to visit “the wild nerd yonder” and seek true friends among classmates who play Dungeons and Dragons.
After Tupac and D Foster, by Jacqueline Woodson
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur’s music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.
Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins
Budding costume designer Lola lives an extraordinary life in San Francisco with her two dads and beloved dog, dating a punk rocker, but when the Bell twins return to the house next door Lola recalls both the friendship-ending fight with Calliope, a figure skater, and the childhood crush she had on Cricket.