Fangirl: The Manga, Vol. 1

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Fangirl is a wonderful coming-of-age book. This is the first of a four-part manga adaptation of the regular novel. Cath, our main character, begins college. She is a very active fangirl for the Simon Snow series. Things change when Wren, her twin sister, tells Cath that since they are starting college she needs to let go of the fandom they used to share and engage in college activities like parties and meeting new people. They become distant and leave each other alone. At the same time, Cath is writing a lengthy fanfic. She’s racing against the original author to write an ending to the series. Along with adapting to a new place, dealing with family issues, and new relationships, she has a lot on her plate.

Reading a manga was a new experience for me. I’ve read comic books, but this is of course different. I really enjoy the minimalist expressions; there is something about manga-style art that allows it to be very expressive. This book reads left to right, by the way. I really enjoyed this book overall! I finished it too fast. It’s encouraged me to read the original. For the parents reading, there is some strong language and the occasional panel with Wren at a party or likewise. As a fangirl myself, I found Cath very relatable when people were saying, “You know those are kids’ books right?” I think everyone in a fandom can relate to that. I would recommend this book to any fangirl/boy/person ages thirteen and up.

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Author adapted by Sam Maggs from the book by Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Gabi Nam
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 216 pages
Publisher VIZ Originals
Publish Date 2020-Oct-13
ISBN 9781974715879
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Issue December 2020
Category Sequential Art - Kids


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