Fan Girl – Rainbow Rowell


A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced 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.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


Page Length: 445
Publication Year: 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Characters: Cath, Wren, Levi


hmmm ok time to be constructive! I’ll start by saying that this has got to be the oddest book I’ve read for a while. I liked it 95% of the time despite its oddness. I found the parts that touched on mental health strange and not properly explained. It’s told entirely from Caths point of view, which was ok, but I would have liked to read about what Wren was going through. I didn’t get the Simon and Baz parts and I have to admit that I skipped passed most of it. I think that Cath and Wren’s mom leaving them when they were 8 affected more that what was shown, it explains Caths anxiety and Wrens drinking but the book never divulged this information, I more or less figured it out for myself.

and then there was the ending. Nothing annoys me more when reading a book is poor ending and this one was a corker! The best way I can think to describe is the author got to the end of the paragraph and just stopped writing…. like nothing was tied up. We don’t know if Cath passed her fiction course, or what she and Levi decided to do over summer.


Cath is a stereotypical nerd, quiet, introverted and loves books I liked her character for the most part and I definitely felt like I could relate to her. I felt a lot like her when I was in secondary school/college. I think these aspects of her personality truly represents what-what a lot of people go through when a big change takes place in their lives.

Wren is the total opposite but in ways exactly the same as Cath. Wren is outgoing, loves to party and drink, but she also has her bookish side. I would like to have seen more from her as there was a huge chunk of the story where she and Cath aren’t speaking and it would have been interesting to read her thoughts during this time.


Overall I would say that this was an ok read I can’t say that I’d recommend it because I felt the ending just kinda ruined the whole thing. My rating 3/5

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