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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 Overall Thoughts:
I absolutely love this book! The main character is now one of my favorite characters of all time! She’s hilarious, relatable, sweet, and just so lovable! The book was written so well! I enjoyed this book SO much that I entered a bit of a reading slump after finishing it. I just didn’t want to read about anything else but Cath and her fanfic! If you haven’t read this book, you should! I doubt you’ll be disappointed! Ok, now that I’m done gushing, I’ll break things down a bit.
I love the way this book is written! Rainbow Rowell has a fantastic way of making you fall deeply in love with this world that she has created, and the characters that inhabit it. I felt like I was a part of this story while reading it! Throughout this book, there are excerpts of Cath’s fanfic that I really appreciated reading! Not only did it make me feel more connected to the main character, but it also got me so hype for Rowell’s book Carry On. Overall, this novel flowed so well, and there was not a moment where I was not completely interested and invested in this story!
I love Cath so much!! I related to her in so many ways. As mentioned in the synopsis, Cath has a twin sister, and they both live with their single father before leaving for college. I really enjoyed the family dynamic in this book! They definitely have their struggles, but they love each other, and I enjoyed getting to know them, and reading about their relationships with one another. Cath is a bit of an introvert, so I also enjoyed watching her interact with people at school, and make new friends.
Setting and Plot:
This story takes place over Cath’s freshman year, and It gave me all of the freshman feels! A lot of the things Cath experienced were very similar to my own experiences as a freshman in college, so I really appreciated how relatable this book felt. However, if you didn’t go to college, or went to school online, I still feel like you can enjoy this book! Cath is trying to find her way in a world that feels so different than the one she’s used to, and I loved going on this journey with her! This is such a great coming of age novel that made me laugh, cry, and reminisce!
Thank you so much for reading this post! If you haven’t read this book yet, I definitely recommend it! If you have, let me know what you thought of it!