September 10th 2013
Why I read it:
Cause I’m a fangirl too! 😀
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.
Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …
I don’t know really, how to express my feelings about this book. It’s like one after the other I keep reading amazing books and get book hangovers so bad, its almost impossible to keep reading.
This coming of age book took me through phases I myself faced when I entered college. I write fan-fiction. I obsess over Harry Potter. I have a hard time fitting in the college criteria. It’s almost as if Rainbow Rowell decided to write my life!
Cath’s relation with her sister, her father and her mother is something which teaches us lessons if we do indeed pay attention to it. Levi, on the other hand is a perfect blend of caring, sweetness overload and if I may, extremely attractive.
The prospect of fanfiction and fiction in this book, brought back memories. People don’t consider fanfiction a part of fiction, but there are people who can write it better than the latter. The struggle is something no one can win against. College life can be really hard, but there will always be people who will push you and survive together.
This was my first Rainbow Rowell novel, and I’m already a huge fan!
Quotes: *Warning – there are a lot!*
“Look at me – I’m a stock photo of a college student.”
“Why do we write fiction?” “To disappear.”
“This is why I can’t be with Levi. Because I’m the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight – and Levi can’t even read.”
“Maybe Cath could climb into his bed like Goldilocks, and if he woke up, she’d just say ‘later’ and run away. Goldilocks plus Cinderella.”
“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”
“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”
“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”
“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”
“How do you not like the Internet? That’s like saying, ‘I don’t like things that are convenient. And easy. I don’t like having access to all of mankind’s recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don’t like light. And knowledge.”
“But you’re so helpless sometimes. It’s like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”
“There are other people on the Internet. It’s awesome. You get all the benefits of ‘other people’ without the body odor and the eye contact.”
“When I’m writing my own stuff, it’s like swimming upstream. Or … falling down a cliff and grabbing at branches, trying to invent the branches as I fall.”
“Books don’t have intermissions either.”
“What do they have?”