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Granger Section: “Fangirl”, by Rainbow Rowell

Ana Luiza Constantino, librarian graduated from UNESP and Potterish newsposter, talks about a light and unpretentious book that enchanted her: “Fangirl”, written by Rainbow Rowell and published in Brazil by publishing house Novo Século.

“Any alusion to ‘Harry Potter’? Yes, this book brings that feeling we have regarding J.K. Rowling’s series. Cath loves the ‘Simon Snow’ series due to the fact that she had each one of those books as friends and as a refuge during all her teen years. Because of Simon, her relationship with her sister was unique; through it, she had the opportunity to know a lot of people and had something to look forward to in moments in which life seemed like a hostile place.”

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“Fangirl”, by Rainbow Rowell
Book recommendation by Ana Luiza Constantino

“Fangirl” tells the story of Cath, a teenager who has just entered college. What sets Cath apart from other people her age is that she is a fan. Being a fan is her life: she is a very famous fanfic writter, she is always tuned to the fandom and even dresses herself as the characters on special occasions. The adored work is a series of seven fiction books which tell the story of “Simon Snow”:

“An orfan of eleven years old from Lancashire who is recruited to the School of Wizardry of Watford to become a mage. As he grows, Simon enters a magician’s group – the Mages – who fight against Humdrum, the Treacherous, a being of evil who wishes to take away the magic from the world.”

Any alusion to ‘Harry Potter’? Yes, this book brings that feeling we have regarding J.K. Rowling’s series. Cath loves the ‘Simon Snow’ series due to the fact that she had each one of those books as friends and as a refuge during all her teen years. Because of Simon, her relationship with her sister was unique; through it, she had the opportunity to know a lot of people and had something to look forward to in moments in which life seemed like a hostile place.

“Cath freed an arm to wrap around her sister. “I can’t believe it’s really over,” she whispered.
Wren held her tight and shook her head. She really was crying, too. “Don’t be so melodramatic, Cath,” Wren laughed hoarsely. “It’s never over… It’s Simon.”

In addition, Cath needs to deal with missing her house and with her twin sister distancing herself from her – a series of problems we naturally go through, the beginning of the college life, a mess. We follow the character’s maturation.
And of course I loved the story. I decided to read it without knowing anything about it and ended up finding a light narrative that makes you read more than 400 pages in the blink of an eye. The addressed themes and the fact that Cath is a really big fan of a series that’s about to be over make me really identify with her in a lot of moments. “Fangirl” is one of those perfect stories to read on vacation, to read when you think the world is lost for good. It’s delicious to see how little facts of life can impress us, be that positively or not.

324 pages, publishing house Novo Século, released on 2014.
Original Title: “Fangirl: A Novel”.
Translator: Caio Pereira.

Ana Luiza Constantino is graduated in UNESP for Librarianship and a Potterish newsposter.

Post translated to English by Marina Anderi.