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?
This is one of those books where I really have to step back and remind myself that I’m reviewing this on my blog and not as an academic. Because from an academic point of view, this story hardly had any plot-line, and even if you counted it as a plot, it hardly moved, there was hardly any climax, the characters hardly got anything done. It’s a mess, really.
But, then I have to step back and be like, “Daniel, this is for your blog. Did you enjoy it?”
And the answers to that is yes. I enjoyed this book so, so much. Do I wish that it had had more of a climax? Yes. But, in the end, I just really loved all of the characters, the romance, the everything.
This is definitely one of those, feel-good, we’re all in the same boat kind of reads that’s just really relaxing.
I’m kicking myself for waiting this long to read a Rowell, haha.