Thursday, April 28, 2016


Synopsis from GoodreadsA coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

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?


Where do I even begin.... This book didn't creep or stumble, it exploded into YA fiction. I mean, for a while I couldn't turn my head without seeing it. But, and sorry for this, I'd never even heard of Rainbow Rowell. Love the name, but authors with a reputation just kept coming out with new books. I had every excuse in the world to not read this thing. I wanted to, what blogger can't automatically relate to the title at least.

 I'd finally decided earlier in the day to try audible, and you know they give you that one free book. I got Fangirl, because, I honestly wasn't looking forward to trying an audio book. I mean, I really did want to read Fangirl... eventually. After like City of Heavenly Fire and Take Me On. It was there, on the list. But I found myself facing an over 50 mile ride in traffic, oh my God! The radio sucks, with their inability to play more than 10 songs. And then I remembered that audio book. This was my first time with an audio book and it was really weird. Maybe because that different voice was doing Simon Snow scenes, I'm not sure. But it took some getting used to. But once I did, I was completely immersed. Completely. The only reason I wasn't disappointed to reach my destination was because it was a OneRepublic concert (squeeeeee) 
Oh but the next day, I may have been slightly tired from the concert, (but I'm used to late nights) and my daughter may have had a little sniffle. Good enough excuse to me to call off work and literally not move until I finished the book. I switched over to reading, sorry audio isn't for me, and it literally got so much better. I knew Levi was the one so much sooner that way. I really like how Levi was described. I think the word "hot" was used by Courtney. I don't think Cath ever said it. She never once over did how "hot" he was. He was skinny with a receding hairline, surprisingly strong but had the most amazing personality. I mean he was incredibly sweet. And my favorite part, I seriously got excited when I saw this, they get together about halfway through the book. The whole book isn't spent in some complicated relationship and finally they work it out. It was very mature. 
It sort of reminded of a cross between "We are the Goldens" because of the sister relationship. and "Anna and the french kiss" because of that dorm room aspect. 
Also, there were so many reason I enjoyed this book, it wasn't your typical college book. There wasn't one party scene, or drunk scene. I mean I love the drunk scenes because they always do something funny. But it was refreshing to read a book that came from a different aspect. I left this book feeling very inspired but I wanted more more more! I may have already gone back and reread a few scenes because I just wasn't ready to let it go yet. 

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