The Zoella Book Club: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Zoella Book Club: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate 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.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

Fangirl – WHSmith Review

Cath is a fantastically well-rounded and relatable character, we’re sure everyone can recognise aspects of her personality in themselves and even in friends. Dropped into a completely new environment with a distant and surly roommate and her twin sister on the other side of campus, Cath struggles to adapt to uni life. Too anxious even to go down to the communal cafeteria for dinner, she hides away in her room surviving on energy bars and trying to keep on top of her hugely popular online Simon Snow fanfiction.

Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl is an authentic and thought-provoking look at the importance of taking risks and finding a place for yourself. Featuring unique and memorable characters that everyone can relate to in some way, Rainbow Rowell has created a rich and believable world that makes Fangirl impossible to put down. Friendship and romance are important themes within the story, but Rainbow has also written sensitively about mental health issues, anxiety and learning disabilities in a way that brings these issues into teen conversations. Fangirl takes an honest look at university life and the challenges of a new environment, with mention of sex and frequent strong language.

Book Breakdown

Fangirl Events

We have some truly exciting online events lined up for the Zoella Book Club to encourage readers to discuss the books with fellow readers and with the authors themselves! You can talk about your favourite characters, discuss your favourite scenes, share your own experiences related to the books and ask any burning questions you have since turning the last page. Don’t miss out on the chance to meet like-minded readers and ask your unanswered questions.

Rainbow Rowell Biography

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor and Park, about which John Green said: “Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”

Fangirl is her second YA novel. Rainbow has also written about adults (Attachments and Landline).

When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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