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? (as seen on Goodreads)
What I Thought
“I’m not really a book person”
“That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me”
Let’s start this review with this quote. As a lover of books and fanfiction and all round self classified nerd, this was a great book to read! This is the second book by Rainbow Rowell that I have read and this is an author that gets us! This is an author that really understands what she is writing about. Cath our main protagonist here is a real, relatable character- she is going through things that we can all relate to, one of the main ones being ageing and moving on with our lives. This shy introvert that we have got to know and understand has to go to college and she is terrified of meeting new people especially as her twin sister wants to “go her own way”
Its not all peaceful for Cath, she has a lot, LOT, to deal with at home, with her sister and of course with her beloved fanfiction. There are great characters in this book, each has their own unique story and tale to tell which I love.
“Make a wish” Cath said in her best Simon voice “you handsome bastard”
One thing I loved in particular is the humour in this, there were times I was in tears of laughter, I actually couldn’t put it down and I read it in a day/ night( some people may call it early morning, but whatever book lovers know what I mean)
Another thing I loved… or in particular who I loved were Levi and Reagan, now these are two that I wish were real! They for me grounded the whole book and in particular Cath.
“Real life was something happening in my peritheral vision”
I think this is a really great quote as most readers can really relate to this, which in general sums up the whole book, it is definetly a YA book that book lovers have to read, it has a part of all of us in it and I hope you all have the time at some point to sit and read it.
Book Hangoverl Level- 4/5