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 did it guys! I finally read a Rainbow Rowell book! And I liked it! I was worried that the hype would kill it but nope!
I liked Cath, though she definitely has some issues; her mom bailed when she was a child, her dad is manic, she’s never had a “real” boyfriend, her twin sister (who is a bit of a brat) that she’s shared a room with her whole life has decided she wants to branch out at college and live in a separate dorm. In a separate building. On the other side of campus.
She’s a little nuts (and I say that in the nicest way possible). She has a fear of new situations and people. She has to check the locks a 3am. She goes a month without speaking to her roommate.
But that’s ok! Because she’s not perfect, she’s smart and a talented writer but not perfect. The best part about her was how much I could relate to her. Not that I’m as big of an introvert as her, but more of her fandom life. When I first started to become involved with fandoms, a really huge change had just happened in my life and the fandom life helped me forget about my troubles. I get how much she wanted to finish her story and the obsession over it. And I have dressed up for midnight releases. I have fandom tattoos. I have stayed up all night reading fic. Writing fic. My significant other has never read HP or LotR, but seen all the movies several times, which brings me to Levi.
Levi! I wouldn’t exactly call him swoon worthy, at least not in the beginning. But I loved his character, even if he messes up (Actually I think I like his character so much because he messes up). It’s pretty clear how into Cath he is, but because of all her fears and her extreme lack of experience with the opposite sex, she doesn’t see it and has trouble navigating the situation. Levi is also not typical YA handsome, or the typical jock/bad boy character. Which was nice for a change.
Reagan though, is the character I see myself in the most (take Reagan’s meanness with Cath’s nerdiness and I feel like that’s me). She’s super rude and mean to the people she likes. She’s there for Cath in a weird yet supportive way. She helps break Cath out of her shell a bit.
Cath has a rough freshman year of college, problems with her dad, her sister, her writing class, trying to finish her massive fic, her writing partner that’s obviously using her, her mom wanting to connect, and trying to figure Levi out. That would be enough to make the most well-adjusted person to snap.
At first I found the Simon Snow/Harry Potter parallels a little weird. Don’t ask me why; I’ll never be able to explain it. I got over it though. I could have done without the rather large excerpts of the fic, I skimmed most of it and honestly that’s the only thing that kept me from LOVING the book.
However, if you are a Fangirl, I highly recommend this book. Actually I recommend even if you aren’t a Fangirl.