Release Date: Septemeber 10th, 2013
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
Received e-ARC from publisher through NetGalley
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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?
Just go buy it and read it. See if you don't think it's one of the best stories ever! For me, it's up there with Gayle Forman and John Green's books. Just One Day this year was one of those books that still has an effect on me. Anything John Green writes does that. I've had to start a new shelf. Special, Special Books. Anne Ursu also goes on that shelf. And so does Rainbow Rowell.
The characters in this novel I loved them. I was jumping a little trying to edge Cath a little bit pushing her to go just a little bit further whether it was with her dad, Wren, Simon/Baz or Levi. I just wanted her to succeed at everything she tried. She just needed someone to pull her out of her shell, her tiny little world and somehow, she got paired with people that would help her with that.
Levi, just like his name says, he's like a comfortable pair of old blue jeans. He's relaxed, broken in, easy going. He just seems to know what to say all the time. He's always smiling. He's, as Cath says, "like a Golden Retriever". I want Levi the Golden Retriever. He is absolutely the sweetest boyfriend I've ever read about. And thankfully Cath and Levi are drama free. And yet so captivating and engrossing.
Then there's Cath's and Wren's relationship with each other, with their dad, with their mom, it's just so much about relationships. And there is a badass roommate that definitely would have scared me off my first year of college named Reagan that Cath lives with.
Rainbow Rowell just seems to know people and how to write them so well. Being inside of Cath's head, it was so comfortable and when I thought I knew everything about her and how she felt, she still surprised me. I love Cath!
And her fanfiction...I don't read fanfiction I have so much to read already. I've bought hundreds of books I haven't read yet. But I might start. I loved the Simon Snow fanfiction and he wasn't even a real story! I loved it!! I couldn't wait to read the stories.
This is just an amazing story about college, about facing new and scary things. About leaving home and some of the pitfalls of that first year. Of first love and how scary that can be. And about living life by your own rules and other people being okay with that. You don't have to change who you are to be liked. And maybe your brand of crazy isn't that crazy at all. It's an amazing story that all lovers of contemporary YA and YA romance will love.
I received an E-ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley for review. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. (And my own copy is coming Monday!!!)