By Rainbow Rowell


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?


4/5 Stars

Ok so don't get me wrong, I really liked this book but the reason (ok one reason) I gave it four stars (borderline 3.5 stars) is because of the pages from Simon Snow that would just pop up all the time. I mean I barely even read them! They were boring! I am sorry if this is a mistake and I know a lot of people like it, but I will not be reading Carry On (sorry!). I found Simon Snow to just be a (much worse) rip off of Harry Potter. I get that it was supposed to be, but still. Just from the short sections that I had to read (But I mean i basically read the whole book because those sections were EVERYWHERE!!!! Not to mention I have already read Harry Potter sooooooooo) I don't see how the whole world could ever be a Simon Snow fan. I mean really... I know that the book was supposed to be relatable especially to a person who really likes to read, but I was constantly feeling really embarrassed for Cath. I mean I would never turn in a fan fiction piece in my english class. Not to mention bring a giant cardboard cutout of one of my favorite characters to college! I know I am making it sound like I hated this book, but I really didn't! There were a lot of great things about this book too! Cath was a hilarious character and her relationship with Levi was adorable. I never liked Cath's sister.... But I mean I think you were supposed to dislike her (at least in the beginning...). I also loved Cath's roommate (I am forgetting her name! I'm sorry!!!!!!). Overall, although there were definitely some flaws (by some I mean quite a few) I still really enjoyed this book and would recommend it! This review makes it seem like I hated this book, but I really did like it! I promise!!! I mean I wouldn't have given it four stars if I hated it!!!!

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