Monday, August 25, 2014


Rainbow Rowell


Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Summary (from Goodreads):  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:  This is another book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and did not want to put down.  It's a coming of age story about a nerdy and awkward college freshman who spends most of her time living in the made-up world of a popular young adult magical fiction series.  Cath is quirky and charming and completely relatable, and the supporting characters are also entertaining.  It's obvious to the reader what Cath needs to do, to grow up and live in the real world, and it's also obvious who her true friends are and who her romantic interest should be, but it's not obvious to poor Cath, who struggles through a difficult first semester.  I would have rated this book a 5, until I got to the ending.  There's nothing wrong with the ending, but it fell flat for me; in fact, I kept reading the acknowledgement section, thinking that it was another chapter, because it seemed like the end of a chapter, and not the end of the novel.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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