Author: Rainbow Rowell
Summary: Cath is a Simon Snow fan (a spoof of Harry Potter) and for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, surrounded 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.
Six Word Review: A tale of fiction, family and love.
I started reading because: It caught my interest with its relatable story line and I fell instantly in love. I feel as if I am a part of Cath because I am so much like her.
I kept reading because: I was taken in by her story and I couldn’t put it down until the end.
I would give this book 9/10 stars because it’s interesting and unique. I feel as if this is the perfect tale for anyone to read because it’s so relatable. I loved the snippets of her fan fiction story that the author puts in her story. The only things that hung on me were some of the characters.
I loved the fan fiction stories that Cath wrote. I don’t usually like fan fiction but something about her writing felt fresh and original. Packed with action and romance I couldn’t turn away from them.
I hated the way some of the characters were established. Some of them started out in the book with good intentions but ended as nothing more than selfish pricks.
If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: Write Fan Fiction.
– Rachel, Green Lake, Teen Volunteer