I’m in love. I’m in love with these characters and this story and in general the writing style of this whole book. I’m gushing right now. I think Rainbow Rowell might have beaten Sophie Kinsella on my list of favorite contemporary writers. Cath was such a relatable character, I found myself liking the way she thought and felt and found that she dealt with specific situations exactly how I would have done. Levi was adorable and in general this whole book was so cute and sweet to read and I couldn’t stop myself from reading every page with a huge grin on my face.
Please, if you still haven’t read it and you’re an aspiring writer or bookaholic, pick it up because it is honestly worth it, I promise.
For all of you that haven’t read this book here is a short summary of it:
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?
Review (with spoilers):
This book, these characters, this plot…just everything made me fall in love with it more. I loved how realistic this story was. When there were cliche scenes I didn’t find myself gagging or rolling my eyes because they were realistically cliche. I could imagine this whole story happening right now. I loved the use of fandoms and fanfiction and the way in which it was incorporated into this story, also adding another realistic edge to the story in general. Cath was a character that was real. She wore oversized sweatshirts and glasses and kept her hair in a ponytail. She liked to not wear makeup and she was obsessed with Simon Snow. I found her so adorable and it was enjoyable to read from her perspective. Levi, I have to admit was quite a cliche character but he was in such a way that it didn’t feel overly cheesy. They understood each other and the way in which she lit up when reading fanfiction was so unique and sweet I just couldn’t stop smiling.
I liked Wren after she finally got herself together. It’s not that I didn’t get where she was coming from because I did…sometimes people want to discover themselves but I didn’t really like when she sort of cut Cath out of her life completely for such a long time and when she tried to help her, she basically shunned her. I found the “Cather” “Wren” idea quite sweet as it brought them together even more and made their bond stronger. I also loved Reagan throughout the book and found her to be such a good friend to Cath. Cath’s dad was such a sweetheart. I wanted to step into the book and give him a hug so many times especially with the whole “Gravioli” idea ^^ but their mother? Strongly disliked her. I could tell why Cath wanted nothing to do with her but I guess I could also see where Wren was coming from.
Nick was the only problem for me with this book. You knew he was only interested in her for the writing and as soon as they had the short story assignment I knew what he was going to do. Like I say in most of my reviews, I wish we had a character that the main narrator is potentially interested in, that we still love and feel sorry for. It brings a much more interesting card to the table.
Simon Snow reminded me of Harry Potter which was probably the bases of the idea. I liked the gay fanfiction idea as well because having been on Tumblr for the past 2 years now I can understand in shows like Supernatural some people get extremely into fanfiction (*cough* Destiel fans *cough*), which is understandable because the way some people write fanfiction is so amazing.
The reasons I found myself connecting with this book especially is because being such a massive book fan I understood the connection that she had with Simon Snow and all the fans of the series. When I was younger I was obsessed with A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter and I remember each time a new book came out I would sit and beg my parents to allow me to get them and cry as I realized I was coming to the end of each and every one. When I got ahold of ‘The End’ (The 13th book of the ASoUE series) I broke down because I finally realized how important these books were to me. I knew Klaus, Violet and Sunny like they were my best friends. I knew their past I knew their favorite foods, color, allergies. It was as if I’d had 3 best friends that I could carry around in my pocket and escape with and go on adventures with as I went through my childhood. Finishing that series was hard.
Language/Style: 10 points
Originality: 9 points
Characters: 10 points
Plot: 9 points
Giving this book 38 points out of 40. Which shows just how much I loved it.
Favorite Part: “I want to touch you. Hold you. I want to sit right next to you, even when there are other options.”