Author: Rainbow Rowell Publisher: St. Martin's Press Publication Date: September 2013 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Pages: 435 Buy: The Book Depository
Book Description: 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?
I first picked up this book to read as part of Tumblr’s first ever book club – reblogbookclub. The title and cover intrigued me and I read the synopsis. It sounded interesting so I requested a copy from the library. I didn’t think I would like it enough to buy a copy of the book. Boy was I wrong. I finished this book in about two days, reading over half of it in a day (which is rather rare for me). I love every bit of this book and now I desperately wished I had purchased my own hardcopy version (which I will as soon as I can afford it).
I liked this book from the get go. The writing style is wonderful and it took no effort to get sucked into Cath’s world. I was there with her through everything and oftentimes I forgot that what I was reading, wasn’t actually happening to me. The characters are extremely relatable – Cath especially. She reminded me of how scared and introverted I was my first year of college. While I grew out of that shy and anxiety ridden girl, Cath did not and she soon reminded me of my best friend (one of). I actually saw myself more in Reagan (as a mix of me and my other bestie’s darker side). Nick was charming for a while. Levi, however, was by far my favorite. I love Levi and I think he was amazing. Everyone in this book was written so well I feel like I know them personally and deeply.
The story line spoke to me deeply. I am still that nerdy girl who fangirls over her fandoms (though admittedly I am a part of many rather than deeply into one specific one). There were many times in my life where I liked fiction over my reality. I understood Cath’s passion for Simon and Baz and her need to finish Carry On, Simon. This book has its ups and downs but overall I feel happy. I loved the book and I wish it hadn’t ended. This will definitely be a book I come back to when I need a good cheering up.
I highly recommend this book and will promptly start looking into her other books (which I also have heard are good too).
My Rating: ★★★★★