Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Number of pages: 481
Time it took me to read: 5 Days
Synopsis: 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 book needs to come with a warning! I felt like a school girl as I followed Cath through her first year of college. The loneliness of those first few days. The awkwardness of meeting new people and the desire to hide away in my room. But then comes along Levi and changes her whole world.
It was refreshing to see family issues that I could relate with. Having a parent with manic tendencies is difficult enough to deal with. Throw in the fact that they are a single parent and that results in a whole nother set of issues. This is one thing that Rainbow Rowell does right; capturing the struggles of those who have loved one with mental health issues. Growing up with a parent who was manic, I was constantly worried about if they would get up to take me to school or if I would have to figure out something for dinner to feed my younger brother and sister.
While mental health is a focus of the book, it’s not the only focus. The romance, oh the romance is just so wonderful. I felt like a giddy little school girl flipping through the pages of Fangirl.
Rainbow Rowell is an amazing writer, with the ability to capture the essence of authentic characters in her writing. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Even if you not into romance or contemporary fiction, give this read a try!
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