Twin sisters, Cath and Wren (their mother had prepared only one name for one child – Cather-Wren) had been really tight after their mother abandoned her daughters and bipolar husband years ago. Now that its time to head off to college, Wren the extrovert wants more space, wants her own roommate, and doesn’t want Cath around much. Cath the awkward introvert feels abandoned by Wren, especially when Wren reconnects with their mother. Cath has coped by writing fanfiction for a series called Simon Snow – a Harry-Potteresque fantasy series (Wren used to help her). Simon Snow books were what got the sisters through the rough times, through their abandonment, through their father’s hospitalization, etc. Cath continues to write Simon Snow stories – much to the annoyance of her tough-girl roommate Reagon. Then there’s Reagon’s boyfriend Levi who hangs around their room all the time. Rowell writes great love scenes – only light kissing is detailed, but she makes it seem so hot!
Not everything is explained, like the reason from Wren wanting distance, nor why their mother is so shallow. Nonetheless a fabulous read!
I am loving Rainbow Rowell’s books. Rainbow Rowell’s next book will be about Simon Snow – the story within the story – I can’t wait!