Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 10th 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Challenge Theme: A book by an author whose first and last name starts with the same letter
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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 have been behind on my reviews and I read this a month ago so I am going to try to remember my thoughts on the book. I know I enjoyed the book but I wasn’t blown away by it. I absolutely LOVED Eleanor & Park so this book had a lot to live up to. The parts of this book I enjoyed was the fan fiction aspect and also the examinations of the different relationships. Unfortunately I did not fall in love with either Cath or Wren, I found them both to be a bit irritating, for very different reasons. I didn’t like how Wren completely ditched her sister knowing how badly she was coping and I didn’t like how Cath was so unwilling to try anything new. Overall it was an enjoyable read.
“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.”
“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”
“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.”
“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”
“That moment,” she told Cath, “when you realize that a guy’s looking at you differently—that you’re taking up more space in his field of vision. That moment when you know he can’t see past you anymore.”