Plot In A Nutshell:
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 fanfiction, 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 fanfiction 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?
-Summary (from Goodreads)
Thoughts in General:
I would like to formally usher in Rainbow Rowell inside my Favorite Authors inner circle so she can talk alongside with Erin Morgenstern and Rick Riordan. Holy Moly this is such a perfect pick-me-up and Holiday read. It’s a book that would really make you smile, frustrated, giddy, gushy and just a lot of feels! I went and read this book knowing so little about the plot. The blurb on the book is just the veneer of this fun and totally relatablestory of Cath. It resounded to me, being a huge book lover, and I know that it will to you too. So if you haven’t grabbed a copy, treat yourself with Fangirl and I know you will not regret it!
Thoughts in Details (Might Contain Spoiler/s):
Cath is probably one of the most annoyingly lovable character I’ve read about in a long time. I know what you’re all thinking…
Why did he say she’s “annoyingly” lovable?
Cath is, let’s face it (if you’ve read the book), a total goody-two-shoes, wallflower, introvert type of girl. Unlike her twin sister Wrenwho likes to mingle with her co-freshmen and be the belle of the ball, Cath would rather stay in her dorm room and write her beloved fanfiction about Simon Snow. Even though she has this cool, sassy and badass of a roommate, Reagan, they didn’t have a single conversation with each other for almost a month (or more I can’t remember). That is how hardcore Cath is on being socially challenged which is annoying at times but I admit I really understood where she was coming from because I myself am not the life of the party. I would also rather be at home reading than go to a club with my friends. That is why I love her! She escapes life through her writing and the fandom of her beloved series and I do to in my own way.
Levi is probably the sweetest, perkiest and most sincere romantic character I’ve read. A lot of the male leads in books tend to be the reserved, mysterious type that the female character needs to unravel but with Levi he is out in the open and Cath is the one he needs to unmask. He is just purely nice and really enthusiastic about everything. He is the anti-Cath and I couldn’t help but ship them so hard! I love how their relationship blossomed and it didn’t have the melodrama that a lot of books have. This books proves that you don’t need a totally star-crossed and forbidden love story to make a character’s love life seem romantic.
The other characters in the book were also good. Their Dad is really charming yet complex. Reagan is probably the funniest character in the book and I love how crude and brash she is! She is intimidating yet I want a friend like her as well! Nick seems to be the clichéd brooding artist at first but there is a certain cunning characteristic in him that made him really dislikeable. Professor Piper is like a snippet of my dream writing coach. She’s supportive and really passionate about Cath pursuing her writing.
Rainbow Rowell really has a knack for creating relatable and lovable characters which makes her books really special.
The book takes place in Cath and Wren’s Fall Semester, 2011 up to Spring Semester, 2012 of college. My college experience is really different from theirs but the central idea of it is still really relatable. Simon Snow’s world on the other hand seems really cool and I wish Rainbow would write a Simon Snow companion book! The World of Mages seems so cool!!!
It is a coming-of-age story that really strikes a chord with everyone. As I said earlier, the romance in this book is really nice, fluffy and embarrassingly cute (I literally had to stop reading because of the emotions that was swirling inside of me that made me really giddy). The family aspect of the book adds a little drama and makes it even more interesting. And finally the sibling dynamic of Cath and Wren is really special. The book shows the power of siblings and it corresponding ups and downs.
So if you haven’t already guessed it…
2 Thumbs Up! Whether you’re a book geek involved in a fandom or just an average human being, you should definitely grab this book!
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