I read this book cover to cover on Sunday morning – it was so addictive, I just couldn’t stop!
The story follows Cath’s journey through her first year of university. Her identical twin, Wren, has decided she wants more freedom from her sister and Cath is struggling to face the new environment on her own.
And in addition, Cath is a massive fangirl! She adores the world of Simon Snow, a fictional series which has ties with Harry Potter, and writes a very popular slash fanfiction between the two major male characters. I really enjoyed the sections talking about fandoms, particularly because it paralleled my own obsessiveness with Harry Potter. I too wrote fanfiction, though was always too concerned with the canon to cross into slash.
There is a great host of characters in the book. The girls’ father appears to be suffering from some sort of bipolar disorder and the relationship established between him and his daughters is beautiful. There are boys, of course, too. Levi is a loveable country bumpkin who flirts with absolutely everyone and Nick is a mysterious brooding type who also writes fiction. Wren portrays another side of the university experience, preferring social activities to hanging out with her twin in the world of the fandom. And I loved Reagan, Cath’s slightly abrupt roommate.
Cath also has mother issues, seeing as her mother left the family when she was very young. She finds a mother figure in her fiction-writing professor and the rapport established there is a great addition to the novel.
Between each chapter, there are sections from Cath’s fanfiction and the canon Simon Snow series. It was a nice way to break up the story as well as a great introduction to the world Cath adores.
This was a really lovely, easy read. It dealt with some heavy issues, such as mental illness and single parenthood, but overall the book has a lighthearted feel to it. For any Harry Potter tragics, I highly recommend this book, as it will resonate deeply with massive fans.