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Fangirl

Fangirl

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Lindsay
HPB Staff

Fangirl

by Rowell, Rainbow
A teenager balances fandom, friends, and first love

Cath is your average college freshman. That is, if your average college freshman spends nearly all her time in her shoebox of a dorm room, eating protein bars because she still hasn't figured out where the dining hall is, and writing fan-fiction about a vampire and a boy wizard. No, not that boy wizard. This story isn't about Harry Potter. It's a story about Cath, an eighteen-year-old trying to figure out college while maintaining her online identity as a Simon Snow fangirl. I liked this book so much because I related to the main character. I was Cath in college: introverted, an English major, and obsessed with fandoms, particularly Star Wars and Avatar: the Last Airbender. I "shipped" characters like Cath does, I kept a blog, and I even attempted writing some fan-fiction. But more than that, I went through similar experiences in college. I was the girl who was nervous about basically all aspects of college, including meeting friends and boys. What's refreshing about Fangirl is that it moves away from the typical college novel in that the main character figures out her problems rather quickly and hooks up with the reformed bad-boy. Fangirl doesn't do that. One, Cath's love interest is a good-guy, and two, she works through her problems over a lengthy period of time. She doesn't figure things out overnight, and that's okay. It's realistic. I also liked that Cath didn't have to completely change who she was for people to like her. Her love interest, Levi, is about as opposite of Cath as you can get. He's funny, outgoing, always has a smile on his face, and yet, Levi falls for the quiet, introverted girl. It gives hope to the girls who don't necessarily want to go out every night, but it also doesn't bash the girls who do. Cath's roommate, Reagan, was hardly in the dorm room the first couple weeks of school. She was my exact opposite in almost every way and managed to become one of my favorite characters. I can't recommend this book enough. If you like feel-good, coming of age stories, then this book is for you.

 
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Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father. By the author of Eleanor & Park.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
    • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
    • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sold by: HPB Lynnwood
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Griffin
  • ISBN-13: 9781250030955
  • ISBN: 1250030951
  • Publication Year: 2013



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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
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