Summary From Goodreads:
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 that 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
I gotta admit, the first 200 pages were utterly horrible. If it hadn’t picked up from there, I would have DNF’d it big time. I WAS SO BORED. And I was not a fan of the plot in general; this was way more of a character driven story. TBH, I really hate coming of age books (at least from what I’ve read). I just can’t relate to them at all (given that I’m not even in highschool yet). Even though I love the characters now, I truly hated them at first.
As I just said above, I hated the characters at first. They were so… UGH.I honestly can’t even describe it. And is it just me, or was Wren leaving Cath totally not okay. Twin power, NOT. It was NOT OKAY for Wren to leave her stranded to pick up the pieces by herself. Also, not diggin the whole party scene. What is it about the stereotypical college kid having to go get wasted??? I’m so glad that Cath wasn’t like that. Okay, now onto the Levi+Cath stuff. They were sooo cute together! Once they got past the weird awkward stage, I shipped them so hard. I do have to admit, How did Cath not know that Levi and Reagan weren’t dating when she spent time with them every day for 5 months? #Unrealistic
Overall & Recommendations:
Even though I jus listed a lot of complaints above, I did REALLY LIKE this book. The plot wasn’t my favorite, but the characters made the story enjoyable. The first 200 pages were torture for me, but I soon caught onto the story. I recommend this to 14+. In fact, it would be better to wait to read this until high school or college.
“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”
“Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”
“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”
“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”
“You’ve read the books?”
“I’ve seen the movies.”
Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. (Actually.) (Maybe because she was still on the edge of tears. On the edge, period.) “So you haven’t read the books.”
“I’m not really a book person.”
“That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me”
“What’s the point of a twin sister if you won’t let her look out for you? If you won’t let her fight at your back?”