Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: September 10, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Kid Friendly Rating: 14+ language is used, but not all that much. Characters that are over 18 discuss losing their virginity. Click here for the Common Sense Media Rating.
Synopsis: Cath is a fangirl. It really does not get more simple than that. She LOVES Simon Snow (a parallel world to Harry Potter) and reads and rereads everything about him and the books. Cath also writes Simon Snow fanfiction which is massively popular on the internet in Simon Snow forums. She used to be able to do all of these things with her twin sister Wren, but when they both do to college, Wren decides to not room with Cath any more. Cath now has to learn to step outside of herself and grow into a person who is confident in her writing and herself.
Final Thoughts: I loved this book! I won it off of Goodreads in a contest and devoured it in two sessions and then reread it two months later. I even listened to the book on Audible just recently! I have never been a fanfiction writer, but this book still hit me close to home. I was always an introvert until I went to college and found people that I could talk to and relate to about my interests in gaming, reading, and other geeky things. I think this book is great for the younger generation as they are entering that time when it is hard to be an outcast in school and they can relate to a character that might have similar interests as them.
Watching Cath grow and take on things like her mother coming back into her life, her father’s loneliness, a difficult (at first) roommate, and college really made me feel proud of this fictional characters ability to face her fears and push on when times were tough. I felt like when I was in high school or even middle school for that matter, this book would have really helped me learn that things will not always be bad and in the real world, everyone is an outcast. As long as you are true to yourself, you will always win in the end. I give this book a 5 out of 5!
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