For Fans of Fangirl: YA Novels To Read After Rainbow Rowell's


They say there are no new stories. But Rainbow Rowell has created something that feels refreshingly different in Fangirl, a YA novel about college freshman Cath who, unlike her twin sister, Wren, hasn’t outgrown writing Simon Snow fanfiction. Fangirl has been selected for the first edition of Tumblr’s Reblog Book Club; check it out at

Once you’ve read, discussed, and posted, though, you might be suffering from that empty feeling that comes after finishing a really great book. So while there’s nothing quite like Fangirl, here are a few YA novels with similar elements.

  1. Twins: Being a twin means more than matching outfits; a big part of the reason Cath struggles at the beginning of Fangirl is because her sister decided they should live with different people. Other books with twin protagonists are Bumped, by Megan McCafferty, and Identical, by Ellen Hopkins.

  2. Parent Problems: Cath is also coping with a mother who abandoned them when she was young and a father who is mentally ill. YA novels that deal with these difficult issues include Cynthia Voigt’s Homecoming and Holly Schindler’s A Blue So Dark.

  3. Writers: Cath is rarely happier than when writing at her laptop; excerpts from her Simon Snow fanfiction are peppered throughout Fangirl, and she’s challenged by her upper-level creative writing class. If you want to scribble alongside another protagonist, check out the classic YA novel I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith.

  4. First Love: Nothing’s sweeter—and more difficult—than first love, and Cath arrives at college almost totally inexperienced. Fall in love again with Rainbow Rowell’s previous novel, Eleanor and Park, and Katie Kacvinsky’s First Comes Love.

  5. College: Most YA novels are set in high school, but college, as Cath quickly discovers, comes with its own set of issues—dorms, dining halls, frat parties, and professors, to name just a few. Experience freshman year again with Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and The Ivy, by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur.

6: Simon Snow: Unfortunately, Simon Snow isn’t real. But reading the fake excerpts in Fangirl may make you want to revisit or (gasp!) read for the first time the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.

  • Bumped

  • Identical

  • Homecoming (The Tillerman Cycle)

  • A Blue So Dark

  • I Capture the Castle

  • Eleanor & Park

  • First Comes Love

  • Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

  • The Ivy

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone