YA Books about Fandom

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YA Books about Fandom

You don’t have to have a Tumblr dedicated to Hamilton or Beyoncé to appreciate these reads, but they may make you want to revisit some old mugglenet fic.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath isn’t just a fan of Simon Snow, Cath is obsessed with Simon Snow. She and her twin sister Wren have read the books multiple times, dressed up for movie premieres, and Cath writes her own fan fiction. But when they get to college, Cath and Wren drift apart and her fic becomes one of the only sources of comfort she has. Well, fanfic and Levi. And while Simon Snow may seem similar to a certain boy who lived, Rainbow Rowell makes both her Simon Snow excerpts and Cath's fanfic a loving homage to a fandom that has existed for twenty years. Rowell also makes you wish that the Simon Snow series really existed- and she answered fan's wishes with Carry On, a standalone Simon Snow book. 
 
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Maybe fandom isn’t the first thing you hear when people talk about this John Green book but Hazel’s love of Peter Van Houten’s An Imperial Affliction and her descriptions of the book have made fans all over the world wish that it really existed. Hazel's love for that book makes her decide to reach out to him, and that decision changes her life. Unfortunately, John Green has not ghostwritten An Imperial Affliction yet, but who knows? Either way, everyone is going to need a lot of tissues.
 
Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
One of the best things about fandom is how it can bring people together. Gena/Finn is about two women who connect over their favorite show, Up Below, on Tumblr. After some dming they start emailing each other, then texting, and meet at the Up Below con in Chicago. As their friendship gets deeper, they have more trouble balancing their IRL selves and their Internet selves. The book alternates between individual chapters and shared chapters of their emails and texts, which lets readers come to love Gena and Finn separately and together.
 
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
Sometimes fandom makes you do crazy things. Like figuring out where your favorite band is staying and getting a room in the same hotel, even though it’s Thanksgiving.  And maybe your fandom drives you to accidentally kidnap one of the members of the band, even if it’s the boring one. And then maybe your fandom drives you to commit a series of crimes to cover up the accidental death of one of those boyband members? No? Just the characters in this book? Kill the Boyband is equal parts hilarious and cuckoo banana-pants, and you won’t be able to put it down until you’ve finished it.
 
The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
Perry is super into Creatures & Caverns, an epic RPG that is similar but legally distinct from Dungeons & Dragons. His parents end up sending him upstate so he can get reacquainted with the sun and other human beings, but Perry is taken by surprise when he stumbles into the world of other normals, a parallel world where his C&C character is real, and so are the other mythical characters from his campaigns. Perry can talk a big game when its all in his head, but when the other normal are in danger can he step up?