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
I first saw this book with one of my bestfriend. I thought it was a good and easy read so why not try? I bought an ebook copy of the book and started reading it. This review’s actually posted late. I read the book months ago and I did regret not posting it earlier. So no more talkin’ and let’s get goin’
About the plot, I really like how it goes. The way Cath treats Wren, such sister goals. But I hate the fact that Wren sometimes disregard her twin sister’s feelings. And as for the Levi and Cath love issues, I love how Levi used to express his feelings. His not too showy and not too hideous. But to be honest, all I thought at first was Levi was just treating her like somewhat a friend. I didn’t know he’d actually like her. Anyways, they’re a perfect match.
Good Boy + Shy Girl = PERFECTION
As for characters, Rainbow Rowell did a good job! The characters went well specially Cath. I love that Cath’s passion was writing ‘cause I, too. The book’s story slash plot was simple but it did blew my mind off. Seriously, this is what I’m talking about. The plot’s simple but the words are magical.
And by means of magical, these are some of my favorite lines slash quotes from the book:
“How do you feel when I smile at you?” he asked – and then he did smile at her, just a little.
Not like myself, Cath thought.
“Like an idiot,” she said softly. “And I never want it to stop.”
“She didn’t have words for what Levi was. He was a cave painting. He was The Red Ballon. She lifted her heels and pulled him forward until his face was so close, she could look at only one of his eyes at a time. “You’re magic,” she said.”
“I didn’t want to like him back. I tried to be mean to him.”
“I thought you were just mean,” Reagan said. “I liked that about you.”
“You flirt with everything.” She could tell that her eyes were popping– her eyeballs actually felt cold around the edges. “You flirt with old people and babies and everybody in between.”
“I’m just really active in the fandom.”
“What the fuck is ‘the fandom’?”
So I think that’s it. Thank you for stopping by just to read this review. Good Day!
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