Author: Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5
Summary: Cath and Wren, the twins, are big Simon Snow fans. Growing up they were a huge part of the fandom. They have grown up with the fandom, hanging out with the fans and writing fanfiction. Now they’re starting college and Wren has grown away from the fandom. She wants to meet new people and go to parties, but Cath is not ready to give it all up. She has shared a room with Wren for her entire life and she wants to keep it that way, but Wren has different ideas.
My thoughts: I felt like I just had to read this book, you know because it’s the story about a fangirl. This book is amazing. It is so relatable at points and makes you go, ‘so I’m not the only one’. This book really captures the power of fandoms and how much they mean to people. Many people see fandoms as a waste of time but this book will make you think otherwise.
I love the characters in this book, from Cath to Levi. Cath is really introverted and a total fangirl. She has grown up to be a huge part of the Simon Snow fandom. She hangs out with the other fans and writes fan fiction. Wren on the other hand has grown into the exact opposite. She wants to explore and make friends. Levi is simply amazing. He is really just waiting to be awesome everywhere he goes. Reagan is also an amazing roommate who is always trying to get Cath to leave the dorm.
Cath’s social anxiety makes this book real. She would rather starve than get something from the cafeteria. Despite all the efforts made by Reagan and Levi, Cath rarely leaves the dorm. I think we all have been through that feeling at least once in our lives, where we are afraid of making social contact due to the fear of getting judged by others.
One thing I really loved about this book was the realness of the Cath-Wren relationship. Cath is really mad at her for abandoning her like that but she still loves her a lot and her safety means a lot to her.
This book makes you rethink fandoms and makes you realize how much they mean to certain people. I recommend this book to every fangirl out there. Even if you’re not a part of any fandoms this book may make you rethink that.