The summer of 2013 at YAW was unofficially dubbed “The Summer of Rainbow”. We fell in love with Eleanor and Park and decided to binge read the Rainbow Rowell canon. Attachments, Eleanor and Park, Fangirl, Landline, we read it all, but Fangirl was definitely a favorite amongst the Rainbow offerings. Fangirl centers around the relationship between twin sisters Cath and Wren as they set off to college. Cath is more introverted while Wren is outgoing. Cath thinks their college experience will be a shared one, just like they share a birthday, an absent minded father and a completely absent mother. Just like they share an obsession for the Simon Snow books which are like Harry Potter if Harry and Draco were roommates / frienemies. But Wren wants college to be a chance for her to live a life separate and apart from her twin which means separate rooms, separate friends and no more Simon Snow. Cath and Wren must figure out if growing up has to mean growing apart from your best friend.
Fangirl is a book within a book. Before college Cath and Wren spent most of her free time immersed in all things Simon Snow. With help from Wren, Cath writes Simon Snow fan fiction and she’s wildly popular in the fandom. Through Cath and Wren’s story we get snippets of Simon Snow, his nemesis Baz and the Watford School of Magicks. I found myself just as excited to read bits of Cath’s Simon Snow fanfic as I was to read what was going on in the ‘real story’. I was thrilled last year when Rainbow Rowell announced Carry On would be set in the world of Simon and Baz. With the release of Carry On still weeks away you have plenty of time to read Fangirl which I highly recommend you do. But even if you skip the book that started it all (definitely don’t skip it!) you can still read Carry On.
Carry On hits book stores October 6th but is currently available for pre-order. And to make things a little more interesting, the first 1000 pre-orders to submit their pre-order receipt will receive an Emergency Book Party Kit! If you’ve read Fangirl you totally get this (go read Fangirl!). There is also a Carry On launch party tour happening in select cities. staring in October.
Carry On is the official YA Wednesdays book club selection for November. You can attend the book club in person at Inkwood Books on November 18th at 7 pm or check back here for our full review which we post after book club. Of course you can pre-order all book club selections through Inkwood Books (write YAW in the comment field so we know you like us). And don’t forget to register for your very own Emergency Book Party Kit! It comes with teabags!!!