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, 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 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?
Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy.
It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.
- Wren -
That cover is cute, I love the art and soft color (although Cath is typing in awkward angle). I thought it would be a fluffy and funny read, but weird I didn't find it funny. I felt hollow. I felt empty like something was missing around me and I didn't get the feels.
It's not that I don't like it. I enjoyed Fangirl, it's very easy to read. It also took some issue about being a fangirl, that were realistic, I could relate it. I also like Rainbow Rowell's writing style. It wasn't poetic or beautiful sentences, it was simple but captured the story perfectly.
The characters are likeable, but not spot on. I don't really know about the characters, I still feel the distance with them. I didn't get connection with Cath's fangirling world, maybe because I've never been in touch with Harry Potter's world and I was so blanked with Cath's fanfiction.
The romance is pretty cute. Levy, the love interest, is adorable. I like that he isn't a super hot and perfectly handsome guy, he's just a guy with his awkwardness. I like them together, but I didn't ship them so hard. The only thing that near to my heart was Cath's family issue. Her relationship with family was something that I cared about.