From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan …
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words … And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
My rating: 5 out of 5
I think Rainbow Rowell is becoming one of my favorite authors, I simply adore her style of writing and how easily everything flows. This book isn’t filled with action or a thrilling mystery, but it is filled with sweet and honest moments that you enjoy reading. I think anyone who is truly passionate about a book, movie, or tv series can really relate to Cath, and understand what she’s feeling. The portrayal of her relationship between her and Wren seemed very real to me. These are the kind of situations that you go through with siblings, and the thoughts and feelings that you experience when you’re very close to them. I absolutely loved the snippets we get of Simon Snow and Cath’s fan fiction–now I want to read ALL of the Simon Snow books! Overall, I liked Cath–but there were moments when I would just cringe. Like when she wouldn’t tell Nick that he was stealing her writing, or when she wanted to touch Levi but wouldn’t! Speaking of Levi, he was just perfect! So sweet, patient, kind, and wonderful! The scenes where Cath is reading to Levi are heartwarming, and some of my favorite. I really enjoyed this book, and it made me very nostalgic for the times when I would wait for the new Harry Potter book, it reminded of the feelings I used to have for the series I grew up with. Definitely a must read! :D