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Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, everybody is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath it's something more. Fandom is life. It's what got her and her sister, Wren, through losing their mom. It's what kept them close.

And now that she's starting college, introverted Cath isn't sure what's supposed to get her through. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction 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?

The perfect young adult novel for nerds but it could probably be enjoyed by non-nerds (I really wouldn't know). This book really spoke to my own experience of university and I think prepared me for my year studying abroad. Cath is, at the start of the book, a fan-fiction writing, co-dependant, anxious mess - her character development is honest and beautiful.

What makes this book even better is you can read the entirety of Cath's fan-fiction in its own novel called Carry On - there is an especially cool edition with fan art in it. 

I recommend for 16+ ideally 18+