Author: Rainbow Rowell
Synopsis: 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?
I’m always on the lookout for fictional boyfriends, and Levi gladly fits the bill.
Oh…my…gosh. This book. Have I mentioned how much I love this book yet? Because I do. It’s truly an incredible piece of fiction. As always, Rainbow Rowell gives us a telescopic look into the world of a college freshman and her twin sister. And I say telescopic because I’m pretty sure I felt all of the things Cath felt (at least when it came to her romance with Levi, if not everything about missing home and holding onto a fandom because it’s safer than real life).
I had my first love my freshman year of college, so I think I love the book at least a little bit more for reminding me of it.
But even if that wasn’t the case, the character evolution that Cath goes through (with Wren, with Levi, with her father) is so well written. College does the very thing for Cath it’s supposed to do. It opens her up to possibilities. I had so much fun watching her grow in confidence with herself and with her writing. Speaking of writing, Snow and Baz anyone? They’re so fracking cute.
And I’m really excited for Carry On.
I love that this romance focuses on side characters just as much as the main characters. Cath’s relationship with Wren is just as important, if not more important than her relationship with Levi. Things don’t feel quite right when they aren’t on speaking terms. And Rowell handles their father’s Bipolar disorder with such grace and care. It was heart breaking without being dehumanizing.
This is a must read for anyone who reads Young Adult literature. It’s everything I could ever think to want in a college romance.