Welcome to The Selective Collective. Together with our friends at The Book Addict’s Guide, Gone Pecan, The Grown Up YA and Teen Lit Rocks, we’ll be exploring a new release in its entirety, from review to author spotlight, to a roundtable chat, among other fun things.
This week we’re discussing Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Can we all just sigh? The SC ladies love us some Rainbow. And I got to interview her (insert fangirly squeal right about here).
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? (Goodreads)
Interview with Rainbow Rowell
YA Crush: Since we’re all “Fangirls” of your work, we know you love seeing Eleanor & Park fanart, and we can only imagine how much there will be for “Fangirl” as well. But how do you feel about Eleanor & Park fics? We checked, and there aren’t any on FF.net, but would that be harder for you to engage with than the art?
YA Crush: We see a trend: Levi, like Lincoln and Park, is this amazing, handsome Nebraska boy who knows how to treat a woman. Is your goal to make young girls want to move to Nebraska to meet guys like that? Seriously though, do you feel committed to writing stories about your home State, or is your next novel set further afield?
YA Crush:I, personally, found Levi to be adorably crushworthy (so cute that I couldn’t contain myself and had to send you a message about him via Twitter!). Tell us some of your literary crushes.
Please be sure to visit my blogging partners in The Selective Collective and check out the great things they have in store:
The Book Addict’s Guide- Cath’s TBR List
Gone Pecan- Roundtable
The Grown Up YA- Review
Teen Lit Rocks-Page to Screen
You want to read this book, trust me. And St. Martin’s Press wants to give one lucky winner a copy. All you have to do is leave a comment with your e-mail and tell us what you fangirl over. YA books are obvious, but be more specific: Is it Draco Malfroy or Peeta or some other character? Or maybe it’s something unrelated to YA books. Maybe you’re a crazy Star Wars fan (me too!) or a Dr. Who nut. Maybe you have a Coke bottle collection. Tell me about it below!
This contest is open until 9pm PST on Wednesday, October 2. After that time we will randomly choose a winner and notify you via e-mail. You will have 48 hours to respond before the next winner is chosen. US residents only please.
Sincere thanks to St. Martin’s Press for sending review copies of Fangirl to all of The Selective Collective.