I never would have thought that I’d enjoy a contemporary, coming of age novel that was super hyped up – but I did. And I’m super happy abut that. Here are my thoughts!
Cath can’t believe that her twin sister Wren doesn’t want to be her roommate when they leave for college. They used to do everything together: write Simon Snow fanfiction and talk for hours about Simon Snow, take care of their dad together and share a room. But now all Wren wants to do is party, enjoy college and hang around boys. Cath, however, is not ready to leave Simon Snow and her upcoming fanfiction blog behind and can’t imagine to ever enjoy college without her sister. In her first year alone, Cath has to ask herself is she is ready to live her own life, make her own choices, meet new people and above all – leave Simon Snow behind?
This book was fantastic. That’s all I have to say about it. I enjoyed every page of it and I can’t wait to read Eleanor & Park.
This book wasn’t action – filled. Most of the scenes took either place in Cath’s room, talking to her roommate Reagan and her boyfriend Levi, writing fan fiction or looking after her dad at home. But I didn’t mind that. I loved that you got the idea of college, especially since it’s not thaaaat far away from me, I could form an idea in my head. I loved the coming of age theme and the slow, but steady pace which was perfect for the book. Another great aspect was the focus on writing with Cath’s fiction-writing class she was taking and her development in writing herself.
I also enjoyed the fanfiction part as it resembled Harry Potter. Simon and Baz together is like shipping Drarry. Sometimes I felt like the parts where Cath reads her stories to Levi were a little too long and also irrelevant for the story, but that wasn’t too dramatic for me. What I did like was that after every chapter, you could read one page of either the original Simon Snow books or a fragment of Cath’s fanfiction.
I really loved all the characters. Even though Cath is an extreme example of me with all her social anxiety and all, I could still connect to her as she doesn’t like drinking, going to parties and would rather stay in her dorm room and write.
I also loved Levi. He made the book funny with his everlasting smile and his jokes and his “forever good mood”. Reagan, Cath’s roommate, was hilarious, I love sassy, a little mean but they love you kind of people and she was just the best example of that. I didn’t really love Wren throughout the book as she was kind of mean to her twin and I couldn’t understand why, but in the end she came around.
All in all, I loved this book. It wasn’t a page turner as it had literally no action but it was a perfect happy read to set you in a good mood. The writing style was great, I love Rainbow Rowell, her characters were relatable and real and the story was adorable!
I hope you enjoyed this review and have a great day!