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Fangirl – a tale of fiction, family & love

fangirlTitle: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Summary: Cath is a Simon Snow fan (a spoof of Harry Potter) and for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, surrounded themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

Six Word Review: A tale of fiction, family and love.

I started reading because: It caught my interest with its relatable story line and I fell instantly in love. I feel as if I am a part of Cath because I am so much like her.

I kept reading because: I was taken in by her story and I couldn’t put it down until the end.

I would give this book 9/10 stars because it’s interesting and unique. I feel as if this is the perfect tale for anyone to read because it’s so relatable. I loved the snippets of her fan fiction story that the author puts in her story. The only things that hung on me were some of the characters.

I loved the fan fiction stories that Cath wrote. I don’t usually like fan fiction but something about her writing felt fresh and original. Packed with action and romance I couldn’t turn away from them.

I hated the way some of the characters were established. Some of them started out in the book with good intentions but ended as nothing more than selfish pricks.

If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:    Write Fan Fiction.

– Rachel, Green Lake, Teen Volunteer

GLK

Fangirl – Unique, quite good but not brilliant.

fangirl

Title:  Fangirl

Author:  Rainbow Rowell

Summary:  When twins Cath and Wren enter college, Wren pushes for independence, leaving Cath behind. Cath is forced to make her way alone through her first year, while fending off an unfriendly roommate with an over-friendly boyfriend, a writing partner who only seems to care about her writing, and a father on the brink of a breakdown. Through her love for the series Simon Snow, and her work on her fanfiction of the 8th book, Cath finally begins to understand herself, her family, and her life at college in a totally new way.

Six Word Review:  Unique, quite good, but not brilliant.

How many stars would you give this book & Why?  8/10 because it was enjoyable and different, but the writing could have been better-crafted in places.

I started reading it because It was recommended to me by a friend.

I kept reading because It was easy to read, and it hooked me in.  I wanted to know more about Cath, Simon Snow, and all of the quirky characters.  Cath was also very relatable for me.  This book created suspense in a highly unusual way, because while the plot did not really follow a traditional arc, but merely meandered from thing to thing, my interest was completely caught and I immersed myself in the world.

Gut Reaction: This book is going to have a bad ending. Continue reading

Fan Fiction – It’s for everyone!

fanfictionAre you into fan fiction?  Trying to figure out how to write but stumped?  Wanna read what other people are writing?  Never heard of it but curious??

Try below links for helpful and easy-to-understand info (thanks to Nina!):
FanFiction.Net
Teen Ink

You can also check out How to Write Fan Fiction and the library has fic, a hot-off-the presses non-fiction book discussing how fanfiction is changing the face of literature (read in a booming, bombastic voice, please).  Plus, there’s Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, which may have inspired this post, lol.  All the terminology you need to function in fandom.  🙂

We love to post all kinds of things from you awesome teen writers…if you have any kind of fan-creation that you’d like to share (music, art, stories, videos), send it to us and we’ll see what we can do!