FangirlBook - 2013
From Library Staff
This is a deft telling of a Millennial’s coming-of-age story. Introverted and anxious, Cath is heading off to her first semester of university, much to her dismay. She takes solace in writing fanfiction as she learns to get along with her roommate, deal with the distance between her and her twin,... Read More »
A coming-of-age YA masterwork of misfit first love, family & fanfiction.
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Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I'm a complete disaster.
But you're so helpless sometimes. It's like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.
Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.
“But you're so helpless sometimes. It's like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”
“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.”
“You’re never going to find a guy who’s exactly like you—first of all, because that guy never leaves his dorm room.”
“That moment," she told Cath, "when you realize that a guy's looking at you differently—that you're taking up more space in his field of vision. That moment when you know he can't see past you anymore.”
“How do you not like the Internet? That's like saying, 'I don't like things that are convenient. And easy. I don't like having access to all of mankind's recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don't like light. And knowledge.”
“I miss you."
"That's stupid," she said. "I saw you this morning."
"It's not the time," Levi said, and she could hear that he was smiling." It's the distance.”
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This book was one of the first “young-adult” novels that I read as a teenager and it made me fall in love with romance. This book starts off with explaining the lives of a pair of twins and their experiences while being for the first time as they went to college. This coming-of-age love story is able to show readers the process and experience when going to college, as well as how the main character is able to make friends. Although the romance and heartwarming parts of this book were very pleasing, what I found most attractive about this book is the story of how the main character was able to keep their family united. Even through the hardships. The bond that the family of three (main character’s father and twin sister) share was something that really made me think about the importance of having a family behind your back to lift you up. Personally, I was able to relate to the main character’s sister the most because I also view college as a place to be separated from my family and finally be independent. Overall, I loved the lessons that this book was able to give me and how it gave me a sneak peek into what my future college life may be life.
College transition, fandom and first love. Another winner from the author of Eleanor and Park!
The events of the book take place during Cath Avery's freshman year at college. When it turns out her identical twin Wren does not want to room with her but meet new people, Cath is alone and without her twin's support for the first time in her life. The only consistency in her life becomes her daily posts in her lengthy and hugely popular fanfiction novel, Carry On, Simon. Between juggling a brusque roommate, her changing relationship with her sister, and her concern for her father's mental stability, Cath's college experience is a never-ending rollercoaster ride of both ups and downs that will expose strengths she never knew she had.
In the age of tumblr, fanfiction and fanart, Cath is a relateable character for any teen who has geeked out over a book, tv show or movie. Starting her freshman year of college, Cath is facing several new obstacles. Her twin sister Wren doesn't want to room with her so “they can meet other people.” She is dealing with her father’s mental illness. And college has taken time away from completing her epic online fanfiction Carry On written in the world of Simon Snow (a character reminiscent Harry Potter). On top of it all, Cath might be falling in love with her roommate's boyfriend.