Fangirl was picked as our must-read YA novel for December, so we’re not going to recommend you any more of Rainbow Rowell as we assume you’ve read all of it already. Instead we’re recommending you some swoon-worthy novels and will give you some discussion questions to debate this book with your own book club.
Fangirl is above all a fun read. It’s quick (even though it’s very long), it’s cute and it’s funny. There is place for some drama, but we do feel like not a lot is at stake. Lola and the Boy Next Door gave me these same feelings. It’s part two of a series that concerns similar people, and this one was my favorite because the girl was least annoying.
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. You’re gonna root for them to finally get together and kiss and you’ll close the book with a smile on your face.
I have it on good authority that The Jane Austen Book Club is a book worth reading and swooning over. We all know that Austen makes for great romance novels, so we figured we’d delve a little deeper into the fan girling part of Fangirl.
In California’s central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.
Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel, but most readers will simply enjoy the vision and voice that, despite two centuries of separation, unite two great writers of brilliant social comedy.
– What do you think about fan fiction? Do you think Cath’s teacher has a point when she gives her a failing grade?
– Did you like the Carry On parts of the book? Are they important to the book?
– What would account for Cath and Wren responding so differently to their mother leaving, going to college and trying to move on from Simon Snow?