Review: Fangirl, Vol. 1: The Manga

Title: Fangirl, Vol. 1: The Manga
Author: Sam Maggs, Rainbow Rowell, Gabi Nam (illustrator)
Genre: Manga, Young Adult
Publisher: VIZ Media
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

The manga adaptation of the beloved novel by #1 Bestselling author Rainbow Rowell!
New York Journal of Books

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, everybody is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath just can’t let go. Now that they’re in college, Cath must decide if she’s ready to start living her own life. But does she even want to if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Cath doesn’t need friends IRL. She has her twin sister, Wren, and she’s a popular fanfic writer in the Simon Snow community with thousands of fans online.  But now that she’s in college, Cath is completely outside of her comfort zone. There are suddenly all these new people in her life. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming boyfriend, a writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome new writing partner … And she’s barely heard from Wren all semester!


Cath writes fanfiction for her favourite fantasy series about Simon Snow. When she goes to university, she brings her favourite Simon Snow memorabilia. Her twin sister also started at the same university, but she wants them to have some distance and meet new people at school. Cath misses her sister and she lives with a grumpy roommate. Her roommate doesn’t understand her obsession with Simon Snow and has a boyfriend who is always around. Cath starts to feel settled in her writing classes when she gets a writing partner. Though Cath loves writing fanfiction, she soon finds out that that kind of story won’t work in her creative writing class.

I loved Fangirl when I read the novel a few years ago. Anyone who has been involved in any kind of fandom can relate to Cath’s obsession with Simon Snow. She uses her Simon Snow fanfiction as a way to express herself. She even has a fan base of her own, with thousands of people reading each of her chapter updates.

This is a great adaptation. At the end of the book, it said that it was part one of four, so I’m hoping there will be three more parts in this series. Since this was a manga adaptation of Fangirl, it was almost like a kind of fanfiction, even though it’s an official adaptation.

I really enjoyed this manga!

What to read next:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Have you read Fangirl, Vol. 1? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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