‘From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.
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?
“Touching and utterly real.” — Publisher’s Weekly’ (Goodreads) (445 pages, 10th September 2013, St. Martin’s Press)
This book was such an interesting surprise. I have a hard time reading YA contemporary novels. There are always things that bother me in these stories and it’s just not for me I guess. But I’m so glad I picked this book up, because it was amazing.
I felt immediately in the story and I kept being pulled in this story. I had a hard time putting this book down. The characters were so relatable and nice, but not flawless. They felt real. I was so glad to read this book and learn about these characters. Cath was so cute and I could totally relate to her and to her love for a specific story and book. And I myself am a total fangirl, so to read a book about it was so fun and refreshing.
The little bits about Simon Snow and his story are just so cute and help the story along and give another bit of information about the life of Cath. What she went through and her entire relationship with her sister was just so relatable. And Levi is one of the sweetest guys I ever read about.
This entire story was just so sweet and I was really impressed by Rainbow Rowell’s story and her writing. So I will definitely pick another one of her books up and I’ll maybe even try some other YA contemporary novels.
5 out of 5 stars! I loved this story so much.