From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.
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?
A friend recommended this to me because we both wrote and read fanfiction for quite a long time. Still do sometimes. We were both quite active in a couple of fandoms, so she thought it would appeal to that part of me.
It really did. I could honestly picture Cath sitting up til ungodly hours, desperate to finish a chapter, because I’ve been there. I never had the readerbase that she did, but I still loved it. The only thing I didn’t relate to was her struggle to move into original fiction. For me it was so much easier.
The characters in this book, not just Cath, are highly relateable. Even Nick whom I didn’t trust from the very beginning. Each of them was well rounded and realistic. I have to admit, Regan was quite likely my favourite, Levi a close second.
The pressure Cath puts herself under, not only as a writer, but as a twin and a daughter irritated me at first, until details of her and Wren’s past were trickle fed. It was also easier to understand why Wren acted the way she did once the sisters started college.
I think most people who have never read or written fanfiction wouldn’t really be able to relate to this book as it is the main axis upon which the story revolves, but there will be some who will accept the fanfic as another character almost.
I will definitely look out for more by this author.