By Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin's Press, 2013
Audience: All Teens
My own personal copy is on the way, hooray! I bought it, and I AM SO EXCITED for it to come in the mail. Rainbow Rowell is such a fantastic writer. I loved that this took place at a university. I loved that it was near me. I loved that my brother goes there so I could pester him with questions.
"Is there really a Pound Hall?"
"Is there really an Arnold, Nebraska?"
It was fun.
I loved that Cath wasn't perfect. I loved that Wren wasn't, either. And I loved that Levi wasn't perfect. And I loved the ending.
Overall, there's a lotta love going on for this book.
There should be another one about sophomore year. Right, 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 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?