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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Beautiful coming-of-age story about fandom and first love.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+

A Teen's Classic

The book is actually beautiful and many teens could feel related. I was caught up in the story wanting to know what happened next. Some kissing and stuff but nothing serious. I loved the lessons and relationships in the story, not only between couples, but sisters too. A must read!

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age 15+


It's a book about finding yourself. Teenage life can be very confusing and I think this would would help teenagers to navigate through the problems life throws at them

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Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (6):
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Fangirl isn't just a charming love story about people, it's also a love story about fiction and the power of books and fandoms. Rowell, whose first book Attachments was a "chick lit" romantic comedy, burst onto the YA scene early in 2013 with the critically acclaimed misfit romance Eleanor & Park. She's apparently cranking out the quality realistic fiction with her follow-up out a scant eight months later. Fangirl shares a few similarities with E&P: the Nebraska setting, an intelligent, introverted girl who doesn't say much, and a guy who's almost too good to be true.

Every chapter begins with excerpts from not only Cath's fanfiction but also the "canon" of the Potter-like Simon Snow books. If you pay even cursory attention to the book-within-a-book, it's obvious that Simon, Baz, and Gemma T. Leslie are stand-ins for Harry, Draco, and author J.K. Rowling. Through her writing, Cath can express things she can't in real life, where she's extremely reclusive and socially inept. The only person besides Cath's party-girl sister, Wren, who can see the real her is Levi -- the kind of swoon-worthy guy that's sure to become any reader's literary crush. Cath and Levi have a host of issues, but their romance, slow and steady and startlingly real, will make anyone a believer in how books and love go hand in hand.

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