Published : September 10, 2013
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
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.
or 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?
This is a heartwarming coming of age story about twins who go off to their first year of college. One is independent and out going while the other is shy,introverted and lost in being a writer of fan fiction. The girl’s mother wanted to name her baby Catherine but when twins were born decided to use the name anyway and named one Cather and the other Wren. I thought that was a hoot.
The characters are very well-developed and the dialogue is what really makes the book. My favorite scenes are the ones between Cath and Levi because I believe he fell for her very early on and she never knew he was even interested in her in a romantic way. Once that fact was made known there are a couple of steamy make out scenes that are not over the top(after all it is a YA book).
It’s a story about family ties, what makes them and what breaks them and about love. A fantastic read made even better because I had the audio version and the narrator did a bang up job.
I rated this book 5 stars *****