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.
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?
Cath always seemed to be worrying for her father and sister throughout the book. She displayed qualities of a mother to both of them due to the lack of a mother figure. I felt that she felt the weight of being a parent towards them both as they can be out of control at times. Her constant worrying reminded of me as at times I do display such parental behaviours towards my siblings.
However, her actions depicted as someone who was suffering from anxiety disorder. This was shown entirely from the beginning as she was anxious excessively for no reason at times. I do like that the author did not depict this quality of hers to be admirable but rather as a problem that she had to deal with by the end of the book.
In my opinion, Courtney seemed to be an unnecessary character to be included in the book. She was portrayed as shallow and stupid especially for someone who was able to enter college. She was mostly missing in the crucial points of the story. I felt that Courtney did not bring up the atmosphere of the book and her character was rather pointless.
Overall, I find this book to be a pleasant read as the characters were simply fragile once you knew them. The parts of Cath remembering the day her mother left was emotional as I read due to the good flow and beautiful words written from Cath herself. This book definitely had written well in terms of what life had store for each of us. I would recommend this book to a teenager to adult as I feel that the content is well suited to the different generations.