“To really be a nerd…you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”
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?
★★★★★ 5/5 stars!
Thus far, this is my favorite contemporary novel.
I am just going to bullet-point the features about this book, because I cannot manage to go into detail about how awesome this book is in this text space.
1.) Cath was a very relatable character for me. I am honestly not popular or extroverted, and I believe most people have some connection with her as I did.
2.) The romance was not overwhelming, too gushy, or overpowering. It felt real, and it was refreshingly not insta-love.
3.) The writing style is my kind of style: witty and quirky.
4.) The premise was something I have never encountered before. It was not atypical.
5.) What Cath goes through in the book is something I can say (in my life too) that almost every person goes through when they enter college. I hate when people misrepresent and over-hype college as to be this “unforgettable part in your life.” This book exposes those superficial descriptions of college, by actually writing a story that seems plausible and raw.