Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
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.
Rating: 🌑 🌑 🌑
Oh, where to begin with this one… I picked this up on the day I was feeling unnecessarily moody so I needed some feel-good and light read to get me out of the funk. And since people were gushing about it left and right I thought, you’re mine today.
True enough, it did manage to put a smile on my face – I forgot about everything and was just smiling throughout the book… until I reached the middle that is.
Now let’s get right down to it, shall we? I think I would have enjoyed the book so much more had it not been for the lead character, Cath. Her personality irritated the heck out of me! I found myself constantly getting annoyed cause she was too judgemental and arrogant. Everyone who did not share her views of the world was looked down upon (though she pretends to be this sweet outsider who doesn’t fit in anywhere) and was overly critical of everyone. Levi, who I though was way too good for her and Regan, were my favourite characters by far. I got more honesty and authenticity out of them and her “shallow” sister than I ever did with Cath.
Even more annoying than Cath was, that damned fan-fic bit! I could not follow it to save my life! so I kept skipping those parts. It just didn’t make sense. Nothing did!
So if you could look past the main character and the main plotline, you might enjoy it.😉