Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Written by Rainbow Rowell

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Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 An utterly captivating love story about opening your heart by major US bestselling author, Rainbow Rowell, whose debut novel in the UK, Eleanor & Park was a huge hit and her ever-growing legion of fans here in the UK will love this latest tale of fan fiction, family and first love. Identical twin girls Cath and Wren have always been close but now as they head to university the outgoing one of the two, Wren, wants to branch out on her own and not forever be considered one half of a pair. Perhaps this is Cath's chance to step out from behind her sister and out of her comfort zone. Sounds easy but in practice when it comes to love, things rarely run smooth.

Read a Q&A with Rainbow Rowell on Fangirl. Here's a taster first:
You don't usually base characters on real people - does that include yourself? Do you see yourself in one of the characters?

There's a lot of me in Cath.......we both crave collaboration.... Read more here


Fangirl by 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 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 realising that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible...


Absolutely captivating. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A funny and tender coming-of-age story that's also the story of a writer finding her voice...touching and utterly real. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Rowell, whose last young adult novel was “Eleanor & Park,” specializes in young misfits charting their way in the world. She doesn’t disappoint here. Though the theme of a young writer finding her voice may be familiar, Rowell brings to it fresh humor, heart and more than a few surprises. – New York Times

Absolutely captivating – Kirkus (starred review)

A funny and tender coming-of-age story that's also the story of a writer finding her voice...touching and utterly real – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

It will leave a mark, one that you'll probably always remember and refer to, and it'll stay in your head for weeks and weeks. These characters become like family, and reaching the last page is like a bittersweet goodbye to someone you hope you'll see again. Brilliant. – Wondrous Reads

Fangirl is one of the most wonderful, accomplished, authentic YA contemporary novels I’ve come across. I think we needed it.” – The Pretty Books

I truly, truly adored this book. I’ve reread it several times since first reading it which says a lot and every time I still enjoy it just as much as the first time. – Choose YA

I can't tell you how heartbroken I was to finish this book. I just loved spending time with the characters so much that I didn't want it to end! – Total Teen Fiction

Stephanie Perkins, John Green, Sarah Dessen make room on your pedestal for Rainbow Rowell - one of the brightest rising stars in Young Adult Contemporary Fiction. – Jess Hearts Books

Fangirl has been one of the best contemporaries I've read this year. Rainbow Rowell has now earned a place on my auto-buy list. – The Secret Life of a Bookworm

Praise for Eleanor & Park:

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. --John Green, The New York Times Book Review

This sexy, smart, tender romance thrums with punk rock and true love. Teen readers--not to mention their Gen X parents--will swoon for Eleanor & Park. --Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and Where She Went

A breathless, achingly good read about love and outsiders. --Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door

About the Author

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love. Fangirl is her second YA novel - the first, Eleanor & Park, spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Rainbow has also written about for 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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480 pages
Interest Age: From 13 to 18 years


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

30th January 2014




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