Synopsis: A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, 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, 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
My review: I just finished this book and let me tell you it was SO amazing! I have not read such flawless writing in such a long time. I was pulled in from the first page and took every moment I could this weekend to pick it back up and start reading again.
I loved every aspect of this book. I loved all the characters and how real they felt. I loved the setting and how Rainbow Rowell so accurately described freshman year of college (seriously if anyone is looking for a book that kind of goes through the ups and downs of that first year of college this is it!). I loved how we were brought into Cath’s world through the Simon Snow fiction and we were given little pieces of that story, and Cath’s fanfiction to better connect with her. I loved Levi and how flawless he was.
Perfection. That’s how I would describe this. I think this is my favorite book of the year so far because it was just so simply amazing. I honestly do not have one bad thing to say. I cannot wait to pick up another of Rainbow Rowell’s books (probably will read Eleanor and Park next…) and I think she is well on my way to becoming one of my favorite authors. Please continue to write so perfectly Ms. Rowell! I can’t wait to reread this!