My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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?
Simply, I liked this book. Not ‘really really like’, as Cath and Levi do, just ‘like’. I enjoyed reading it but I didn’t find myself thinking too much about it outside of my reading time.
I was just nice. It hasn’t really impacted me at all; not really my genre, I suppose.
I think it would make a nice movie, really. In fact, I just Googled to see if it was being adapted and found this cute fan-made scene.
I’m not planning on reading Carry On as the Simon/Baz stuff didn’t really blow me away. I’ve never read fanfiction myself; I don’t really have an interest in imagining different stories for characters I love. I accept the authors finality 😛
I’d be more interested in reading the co-authored anti-love story or Cath’s final fiction assignment.
That being said, Elanor & Park has been on my radar for some time, so hopefully I get round to reading that one day.