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Cath and Wren are twins who, while growing up, wereIn the course of the book, found comfort in the Simon Snow fandom after their mother left them. As they start college during the book, Wren is trying to grow away from fandom and Cath to let go after Simon Snow got her through those rough times. Cath, the protagonist, is a BNF who is writing a Simon Snow fanfic while anticipating the final Simon Snow book. At college, Cath deals with social anxiety, distance from her sister, and a professor who believes that all fanfiction is plagiarism.
Cath eventually learns to appreciate life away from the laptop and finds a boyfriend who appreciates her fannish leanings.
Cake Evangelista wrote a very positive review in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, saying, "“Fangirl” beautifully captures my own sentiments about being a fan. Its story will resonate with people who have ever loved a piece of pop culture to the point of distraction."
Alyssa Rosenberg was more critical, saying "Fandom deserves a novel that doesn’t treat it like a pale substitute for life, when fan communities can be such a major component of it." 
A third interpretation can be the message of balance: Cath using fandom to avoid life is treated as unhealthy, but she shows no signs of giving it up forever once she comes out of her shell. In addition, the beginning of the book mentions the pressure she feels as a BNF and how finishing her magnum opus within a certain time period feels like a chore rather than a pleasure. Cath's sister also still reads Cath's fic and begins to beta the story for her.
Fanfic of "Fangirl"
- Fansplaining: The Dark Fantastic (2015)
- Fansplaining, a podcast "by, for, and about fandom," interviewed Rainbow Rowell in October of 2019. Topics covered included the writing of Fangirl and the fandom experiences that inspire Rainbow’s fiction.
- What it means to be a fangirl Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 2, 2013 (accessed 2013-11-16)
- Rowell’s ‘Fangirl’ Would Be Better If It Had More To Say About Fandom, Alyssa Rosenberg on Think Progress, October 8, 2013 (accessed 2013-11-16)