Cath and her twin sister Wren are starting their freshman year of college and it’s their first time not sharing a room and everything else. Wren is excited to meet new people and go out, but Cath is very introverted and would rather stay in her room and write fanfiction. She’s much more comfortable with the fictional world of Simon Snow, a Harry Potter-like wizard, and interacting with other fans online than going out and dealing with new people. Her surly new roommate Reagan and Reagan’s on and off boyfriend Levi try to force Cath out of her shell, but she isn’t sure if she’s ready. In Cath’s words:
There are other people on the internet. It’s awesome. You get all the benefits of “other people” without all the body odor and eye contact.
There is so much to love about this book! I really identified with Cath, despite have very little in common with her and I think that shows how good Rainbow Rowell’s writing is. I really enjoyed Cath’s relationships with her sister, her roommate, her dad, and of course the adorable Levi. The dialog is snappy and often hilarious, but this book also has a serious side that really touched me. When I reached the last page, I felt like I had been through the ringer with Cath and made it to the other side happy and fulfilled. I definitely recommend this book!