Author: Rainbow Rowell
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 fanfiction, 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 fanfiction 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?
This book is just amazing! What makes it so is the writing style and the realistic approach to it. I’m not going to lie and say there is no drama…every book needs a little drama. However, it’s amazing how realistic all the characters are. When I read this, I was right about to enter college, so maybe my age and the situation might have to do with why I related to Cath so well (and my undeniable ties with multiple fandoms…), but I didn’t think either Cath or Wren were taken to any extremes, in fact the one thing I appreciated in the book was that none of the characters were extremes, Not even Simon Snow.
The way Cath grows in the book, the realizations that she reaches, is one I think many have faced or are facing right now in life and whether or not we had to cross those bridges, I think this book is an amazing coming-of-age story. One thing I truly love about the story is it shows how different people balance things differently. Family, friends, love, studies and her fandom are important to Cath and her struggles to come to terms with and balance all of them has made me want to find the balance she does.
Regardless of whether you’re geeky like Cath, out-going like Wren, surly like the roommate, unapproving of fanfiction etc. This book has something that makes you just want to read it. [props for not mentioning any names…]
Age-wise, I’d say it’s for college going girls or those who are just about to enter or have just graduated. It’s a coming-of-age story that will warm the hearts of the readers. It is a slice of life book and delves into the fanfiction realm for those of you who enjoy pursuing it. It is a light read and can be read in pieces if you wish to, I warn you though, this book is going to keep calling you back to it. On a chilly-not bitingly cold yet- winter day, the warmth of the story hidden behind it’s unsuspecting covers will warm your heart. [experienced enhancement if you’re huddled in a blanket with a warm cup of cocoa/coffee/tea next to you]
–As always, comment below to tell me what you think and whether or not you’ll read it…or have read it–
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