by Rainbow Rowell
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?
Wren and Cath were now in college, but Cath was surprised when her twin sister didn’t want her as a roommate. Instead, Wren opted to stay with her friend Courtney while Cath begrudgingly agreed to stay in a dorm with someone like Reagan, who always got a boy beside her. That boy’s name was Levi, a kinda eccentric character for my taste. Cath decided to be a hermit, not going out, just staying in to read her lessons and write fan fiction that was about the character Simon Snow. When at school, she had partnered with Nick on one of their classes, then soon they penned a story that delighted their teacher. Wren, on the other hand, had become a symbol of a typical college campus figure, going out on parties, drinking and dancing like nobody’s watching. Levi, in his own little way, let himself in on Cath’s life and soon forged a friendship with her.
Somehow I’m having mixed feelings about Levi and Cath and the fandom that is Simon Snow and Baz, Magicath & Wrenegade. Hmmm… I know a thing or two about fangirling, actually, because there was a time when I was head over heels in love with a certain boyband and I had to google everything about them, looked out for their tour schedules, album launchings and TV series. I got caught up with the TV series, actually and have read a lot of fanfictions, too. But the gist of the story by Rainbow Rowell is more on writing fanfiction, that’s how they did their fangirling. Although this book is more coming of age. Well, I actually liked how the story of Levi and Cath ended, although with Levi, I still have reservations.
But I would have loved to read more about Wren and her notorious reputation. I’d love to know more about their mom who got estranged from their father. I would have loved to read more of Reagan, too!