Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare: Book Discussion

7171637This book , is the first of The Infernal Devices Trilogy and is written by Cassandra Clare . Clockwork Angel is followed by Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess .

From Goodreads

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

Jumping to the book discussion , well it took me almost 150 – 200 pages to actually get into it , as I was really busy drawing similarities with City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) .  If you haven’t read The Mortal Instrument series , you wont be facing this , but since I have read City Of Bones , the comparison factor comes automatically. So this book , is more subtle than City of Bones , and the plot is well built , along with that , the descriptions are really Real , yes you can imagine everything quiet easily. The thing that I loved most , about this book , is that it is in Victorian Period , London , and that’s wow .

Coming to the characters , well without giving any spoilers I will say I really feel bad for Tessa , I mean seriously that girl goes through so much , just like Clare ( City of Bones) , but yes she is strong , and she at least tries to keep herself together . Next comes , my personal favorite William Herondale , that guy , Oh my god , he is so like Jace ( City Of Bones) , every time I read about him , he reminds me of Jace , and umm ok *No Spoilers* . Some of you may find him , sarcastic , mean , and that’s totally okay , because he is all these things , but still , I am Team Will . Jem , he is a gem , he is so sweet , kind , that you are ought to like him . There are few more characters like Jessamine , Henry , Gabriel , Magnus and there is Charlotte , well she is another strong lady . The more I read about her the more I feel like Wow , she is so awesome.

The book overall is great , and I think its worth trying . If you have read The Mortal Instruments , you will love this one too , because its kind of a prequel to it , and you can also find some known characters , and if you haven’t read , then no problem , give it a try . And now I cant wait to read the next two books .

Cheers!!!

Thanks for reading .

 – Ishita 🙂

Book Discussion: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

25669271 This book discussion is going to be another rant. This is another one of those books that I can’t speak coherently about. I was never interested in reading this book. The premise sounded very uninteresting to me before. But now I am glad I read it. Because Rainbow Rowell amazed me again. She is one of those authors who can do no wrong. I have to read Attachments soon because I just can’t have enough of her. Anyway, back to the book. This book taught me a lot about love. I can say this now. Maybe I won’t feel like this after a year or so. But right now, let’s just accept this fact on face value.

Goodreads Synopsis

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

I practically treated this book like the books in my required reading list. I made so many notes. And I wish I could show them to you. My feelings for one of the characters of this book changed drastically through the course of the story. And so did my interpretations about it. Now, if you haven’t read the book yet, I suggest you to go read the book and then come back because this will be a spoiler filled discussion.

I hated Neal violently when I started reading the book. Something about him just didn’t let me get close to him or try to understand him. The way he gave passive aggressive responses to Georgie about everything, the way he never reacted much but opposed every decision Georgie made, all this just made me violently hate Neal. I felt that he made everything seem like Georgie’s fault even though it wasn’t true. Even the flashbacks ruined Neal for me. He was never the passionate lover that I love to read about. I also found it irritating that however Neal treated Georgie, she treated him like he was her one true love. The instances just made me vehemently opposed to this whole relationship. I was sort of rooting for Georgie to get together with Seth in the end. But slowly, without me knowing it, all these changed.

The writing was just so beautiful that I felt like I was Georgie. And so, when Georgie slowly re-discovered the parts of Neal that are beautiful and caring and just amazing, I discovered them with her. And slowly, I began to like Neal. I would never go so far to say that I loved him, but I sure did like him. I began to accept why he did some things he did. I began to take him for who he was. In the end, I discovered that he was just like anyone else. He was flawed. He wasn’t always amazing, but he was reliable and loving and realistic. This story helped me to understand that even though an adult relationship is not like the oh-so-romantic stories that I read about, it is reliable and sweet, and realistic. And for me, it’s perfect. With Georgie, I found out about the sweet Neal, the one that Georgie had loved and still loves, the one that slowly disappeared. Discovering him was like Tom re-discovering the bad memories he had with Summer in the movie (500) Days Of Summer (Great movie BTW. If you haven’t watched it yet, please do!), only this time, Georgie was discovering all the good ones. I really, really appreciated them. All the characters in this book are very well-rounded, which really elevated the story. Heather was a character I exceptionally liked. And obviously, Seth too. There was this moment in the story where Georgie explains love to Heather, which I really loved. She said, “It’s more like you meet someone, and you fall in love, and you hope that that person is the one—and then at some point, you have to put down your chips. You just have to make a commitment and hope that you’re right.” I couldn’t agree more. In the end, I wanted Georgie and Neal to get back together. The way that Neal accepted Georgie with open arms made me appreciate him more. I even had this love-hate relationship with Georgie. Even though I may not have agreed with her on some of her choices, I accepted it. The ending, in my opinion, was just perfect. You may have noticed that I didn’t talk about the magic telephone at all! It’s just that I felt like telling these things more. 🙂

So, this is what I felt about Landline. Please comment on how the book made you feel. If you didn’t like it, tell me why. I know this discussion is really long, but I hope you liked it. I would recommend this book to everyone. Even though it wasn’t mind-blowing or anything, it was really, really good. It was realistic. And that’s all I can ask for.

Fin!

My rating- 4/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Summertime Madness Book Tag

Hello! As you can see, I am doing a book tag again just for the fun of it. I saw this tag on The Girl Who Read Too Much‘s blog and I am going to link that post here. As usual, I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this. I am doing these just because I want to! So, here goes!

1. Show a book with a summery cover!

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For this, I choose Just One Day by Gayle Forman. This book has such a nice, cozy, summery feel to it and the story, of course, is amazing! The first half of the book also takes place during summer. I just love each and every book Gayle Forman puts out. The way she brings out the emotions in each and every book is just beautiful. I loved it when I read it and I am also planning to re-read it soon.

2. Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a summer vacation!

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This is just the most obvious choice. If I had to choose a fictional place to go for a summer vacation, I would choose Hogwarts. Frankly, I would choose to go to Hogwarts anytime. I couldn’t choose anything else.

3. You’re about to go on a flight to your summer vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight, what novella do you choose.

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I don’t usually read novellas. So, if I had to pick a book to read while traveling, I would choose a short novel. For this, I chose Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This is a pretty short novel and I have been meaning to read this for a while. This has been in my TBR for a while now, and I am hoping to get to it soon.

4. You have a case of summertime sadness what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

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This is one of the best contemporaries that I have ever read. The cute romance never fails to put a smile on my face. It’s lighthearted and beautiful and I am sure it would cheer me up. The setting of the story in Paris also helps. 😛

5. You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

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I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell recently(Book Discussion) and I have been obsessing about it since then. So, Levi would have to be my beach babe. That guy, that guy, would sure be an amazing company. I am sure we will never run out of things to talk about and we would spend an awesome time together. 😀

6. To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?

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I choose Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles series by Merissa Meyer for this one. It’s hard to find a sidekick so cool and sassy as Captain Thorne. I can only imagine the fun we would have together *sigh*.

7. Share the summertime happiness! Who do you tag?

I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do this tag. If you like it, just go do it!

So, here it is. The summertime madness book tag! I hope you like it! If you do, please comment something below. If you want to do this tag, just give me a link to the post. I want to read them too. So, until next time!

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Where She Went – Gayle Forman : Book Discussion

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WHERE SHE WENT , well it’s the sequel to If I Stay , now a major film by Gayle Forman. Okay , so before I start , lets make a small confession , I haven’t read If I Stay , and have just watched the movie and it was pretty good , but after reading Where She Went , the first thing that comes to my mind , is why haven’t I read it ???

Though it’s a sequel , yet it can be easily considered as a standalone , as the plot , is well described , and even if you haven’t read the first part , you won’t surely be having any problem understanding this.

From Goodreads

It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

If I stay was written from Mia’s perspective , and this one is from Adam’s . Well the first few chapters were really really well described , and at times it gave me goosebumps , serious ones. The middle part for me was a bit slow , and I was a bit annoyed with Mia , for leaving Adam just like that and moving on with her new life , and I was a bit disappointed as my expectations were going down. But what blew my mind were the last 100 pages. Gayle Forman , just nailed it.

The book is almost 250 pages , and is quiet a good read , and there are a few things that I personally liked a lot , for eg … the lyrics , its like every one or other chapter begins with this few lines of a song, and that touch makes it quiet unique . I also liked how Adam kept remembering the old things , the flashback moments , and the way the past and the present was connected , though at times , it was boring. Yes , I was annoyed with Mia , but at the end I understood her reasons too , still lets not talk about it  * No Spoilers *.

Overall it’s a really nice book , and even if you haven’t read If I Stay , like me , then also I will suggest give it a try , it won’t be a waste of time .

Cheers !!!

P.S : This is my first post here , and I am really nervous about it . And I really want to thank my friend Sanchita , for recommending the book .

Thanks for reading.

– Ishita 🙂

Book Discussion: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.

23305614 Finding Audrey- the name is so appropriate. And so is the cover. When you will read the book, you will understand. Its a Sophie Kinsella book. So, it has the same amount of humor and cute romance as all her other books. This is her first YA novel. I liked it a lot. But it wasn’t her best story.

Goodreads Synopsis-

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Audrey has Social Anxiety Disorder. This book is about her finding parts of herself that she lost during her dark days and recovering. It is also about her family recovering as a whole. I always love reading books about characters that have diseases like these. They help me to understand the diseases better and also to see the world from their perspectives. So, when I look back to the story, I guess I learned a lot about this disease that I didn’t know about. But the book is more about just the disease. And unlike the books I have previously read by her, this story is centered around the family, not the romance.

The characters are very distinct and lovable, as with most Sophie Kinsella books. The family is just so relatable. The manic mom and her reactions to everything is very realistic because a lot of the things that she did are similar to the things I have seen my mom do. The way she tries to handle Frank, Audrey’s brother, sometimes ends up in hilarious conversations. There is one incident where Audrey’s mom buys a book titled “How to talk to your teenagers?” and tries to apply the book’s advices while talking to Frank. She repeatedly tells Frank, “I hear you, Frank”, while forcing him to do some voluntary work she wants him to do. In the end, Frank becomes so frustrated that he agrees to do whatever she wants just to make her stop. There are many hilarious moments like these that will make you laugh out loud. And you know what the best part about this book is? No one is made out to be the villain. There is not one member in the family who is unsympathetic or overtly sympathetic about Audrey’s condition. Everything that the family does or says is very realistic and relatable.

Then there is Linus. He really pays a major role in the healing that Audrey goes through, as said in the synopsis. But he is not as big part of the story as implied in the synopsis. As I said, the family is the center of the story and just for this book, the romance takes the sidelines. But still, it was really, really cute. The way that Audrey slowly begins to let Linus in is really amazing to witness.

Overall, I really liked the story. It just lacked that punch for me that most of Sophie Kinsella books have. I really love her works and so this book disappointed me a little. In the middle of the story, it suddenly felt like it was going somewhere. But my expectations were in vain. This does not mean that this book is not worth a read. All of this author’s works are worth reading. She never fails to put a smile on your face. Just don’t go in the story expecting much. Read it for a quick, light, contemporary read and you will not be disappointed. Have you read the book yet? If you have, please give me your opinions in the comments section.

Fin!

My rating- 3.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

The Reading Habits Tag

I did a tag post just a week ago. But I enjoyed doing it so much that I wanted to do another tag soon. So, here I am! Doing The Reading Habits Tag. I saw this tag on The Ultimate Fangirl’s blog which I will link here. Though I wasn’t tagged by anyone, I decided to do it. I hope you like it! Here goes.

  • Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Yes! All my reading is done on my bed. I like being comfortable while reading, which usually means I lie down and read. Even though its bad for my eyes ( which my mom constantly reminds me 😉 ). Occasionally, I do a lot of reading sitting on my sofa too.

  • Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmark. There’s no reason for this decision except for the fact that I love all types of cute bookmarks! And I have a lot of them. Also, they feel very convenient.

  • Can you stop reading or do you stop after a chapter / a certain amount of pages?

Whenever I sit down to read, I keep at least an hour or two for it. So that I don’t have to stop after reading only a chapter or a number of pages. But if I have to stop, then I stop. It doesn’t matter to me if I am in the middle of a chapter or in the middle of a sentence. I just mark that place and do whatever urgent thing that has to be done immediately so that I can return to my book.

  • Do you eat or drink while reading?

Usually not. It’s not like I have to eat or drink something while reading. But if I happen to read during meal times then I just go through with it. Because you don’t take a break from reading when something interesting is happening in the book, do you? 😀

  • Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Nope. I just like to really concentrate on the story. Music or TV distract me from the book and I just can’t multitask. I know that lots of people do but I am not one of them.

  • One book at a time or several at once?

One book. I can only handle one story at a time. Though there have been times when I have stopped reading one book and started another. When something like that happens, I just finish that book and then come back to the previous one.

  • Reading at home or everywhere?

Reading everywhere. I can read anywhere, anytime. I just need a book or my kindle with me. I just zone out while reading the story. Surroundings don’t matter to me. Like I said, I just have to get comfy.

  • Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently. Or else I would probably lose my voice after six to seven hours of reading. Yes, I am that kind of reader. 😉

  • Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I do read ahead sometimes. Especially when something exciting or terrifying is happening. But usually its in the same page. I never skip pages.

  • Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I like keeping my books new! So no breaking spine of my books. And if you hurt my books, I will hunt you down and kill you. Just kidding! Or not. You never know. 😛

  • Do you write in your books?

NO! I can’t even imagine such a scenario. I am pretty crazy when it comes to keeping my books completely unharmed and untainted!

There you go! My Reading Habits Tag! The sole purpose to do these tags is to let you guys know me. And I hope I can succeed in achieving that. Also, they are a lot of fun (as I mentioned before)! The next book discussion will be on the book Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. So, I hope you will come back then. And please post in the comments if you liked this tag and also if you have similar reading habits as mine.

Fin!

-Sanchita.


Book Discussion: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.

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Okay. Can I just start by saying how appropriate this cover is? I mean I love this cover! It’s itself very beautiful but it also totally captures the essence of the story. Also, since water played a major role in the story and this “liquid” theme is prevalent throughout the story, the cover is really on fleek. Yes, I just said on fleek. Don’t judge me, please! As for the book, I am not so sure.

Goodreads Synopsis-

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

I had so many expectations from this book. It had such a good rating on Goodreads. I have heard incredible things about this from various people. But I guess it just wasn’t for me. The premise sounded somewhat like The Duff , but instead of YA, this was New Adult. Trust me, I like romance stories. In fact, I love romance stories. But I couldn’t quite figure out what my problem with this story was. Because I have read many other stories having the same kind of dynamics as this one had, and loved them. Maybe, it was the characters. I could never really get into the story. I didn’t really buy the plot and I couldn’t accept what the characters were doing. When you read the story, you can understand, that the characters were made to be likeable. I was meant to sympathize with the characters, but I just couldn’t care about them enough to do so.

What more can I say? Hmm. I didn’t like Miles. There. I said it. Sure, he had his tragic past he couldn’t get over. But, come on! That is no excuse to treat Tate like he did. And you know what the worst part is? Tate tolerated it. Why do female characters have to be the weak ones! This is my biggest complaint with most romances. I just don’t get why male characters get to be the strong ones and the female characters have to be weak and gentle and always accept whatever they are given by the male character and basically act like a doormat to have a “relationship”! Tate did exactly this. She let Miles do whatever he wanted to do with her and then threw her away. Again and again. What he did in the end doesn’t make up for the things he did to her. But of course she took him back. She is the protagonist of a romance novel! She has to take him back!

I have nothing else to say about this book. I didn’t like it. And if you like to read about strong female characters, I doubt you are going to like it either. I don’t have anything against the people who did like this book. If you are one them, you can try to convince me in the comments what there is to like about this book. But if you haven’t read it, I don’t recommend wasting your time. There are lots of amazing books out there in the world. Go read them because this book is not one of them. I can say this because usually I am a very easy-to-please reader. Ugly Love is a book that I regret reading. I loves Colleen Hoover’s writing. I loved Maybe Someday by her. This book just tainted my love for her writing.

Fin!

My rating- 2.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 3/5.

-Sanchita.

The Reader Problems Tag

Hi guys! If you have been following me for a while, you would know that till now, I have only done several book discussions. So today I thought, why not do a tag? I then found this tag on The Girl Who Read Too Much’s blog and I liked it! No one tagged me to do this but I just felt like doing it. So, here I am! And this tag will also help you guys know me better. So, I hope you like it. Let’s start.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

This largely depends on my mood. I am a very moody reader and this is why I can never say that these are the books I am going to read next month. So, to answer the question, I read whatever I feel like reading next! Because if I try to decide and make a list of books to read next, it puts a pressure on me to stick to it and eventually, it ends up ruining all the fun. Also, it is never fair to the books! But I will also say that if there is a lot of buzz around that book, it become part of my immediate TBR.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I am usually pretty committed. I try to push through every book I start. But if I am really not liking it, then I would probably quit. But this rarely happens.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Comics and graphic novels. Also, short novels help when I am far away on my reading challenge. But, I have already finished my reading challenge this year (Yes, I am bragging a little 😉 ).

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I do not cope well to these situations. It is really frustrating because I like my books to look good on my shelf. And if one cover is completely different from the rest of the series, it does not look good. But I have to accept it. It’s not my decision. That doesn’t mean I support it.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Goodreads is always there for me. I am surely going to find that one person there who shares my feelings. I try to find that person and talk about my problems with the book.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

Oh, I cry! If a book is giving me all these emotions, it’s unfair to the book to hold it back! I just let go. And if someone gives me weird looks, I can just point at the book and ask them to go read it.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads?

I will probably skim through the first book so that I can remember what happened. But if that doesn’t work, I am going to re-read the previous one. Because it is just not fair to the series! Every book deserves my full attention.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I am probably just going to tell them someone has already borrowed it. I am not good at confrontation. So, this is my go-to option. But if they see the book on my shelf and ask for it, then I will probably tell them that I can’t part with that book now. Maybe someday I can give it to them. But not now.

9. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I pick up a favorite. A book that I know I am going to fly through. Or any book that I know is fast-paced. If this doesn’t work, then I will pick up a graphic novel. But if nothing works, I am probably going to rest a few days, and then try again later.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I usually buy one or two at a time. And then when I finish reading them, I buy the others. If I am too impatient to read them, I order them on my Kindle. Sometimes, I can also borrow them from someone.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

I have no idea. I can get to them immediately. Or it can take forever before I finally get the time to read them. I think there are still few books in my shelf which have been there for five years and I still haven’t read them.

So, here it is! My first tag, The Reader Problems Tag. I will have a book discussion of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover up soon. Please feel free to interact with me in the comments. Thanks!

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

16068905 Fangirl. The title of this book totally describes the content. This story is about fangirling. And so, this is the most appropriate book for me because I love fangirling! If you knew me, you would know that I fangirl about anything and everything. And now, I am going to fangirl about this book. Because it made me wonder why the hell did I put this book off for so long? Well I am an idiot that’s why! So if you haven’t read the book yet, stop reading this and go read the book! And then please come back and read this discussion because I want to know what you think about it.

Goodreads Synopsis-

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction 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?

What this synopsis doesn’t tell you is how realistic this book is. And how amazing the protagonist is. I think they should have mentioned Levi too with, you know, more descriptions. But that may just be me being biased towards Levi. This is what the book does to you! It makes you want to enter the world of this book and give Cath and Levi a big hug! And for Levi, maybe a big kiss too. But that’s also because I am totally in love with him.

Let’s talk about Cath. I love how Rainbow Rowell’s characters are feminists in their own ways. First. there was Eleanor in Eleanor and Park and now Cath. She is such a strong character even though it may not feel so sometimes. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with her voice, her perspectives and her as a whole. She is a great narrator and her unique voice raises the story to a new level. Her relationships, her inhibitions and her awkwardness is all very relatable which made me get into this story more. The transition from high-school to college and everything that happens during that time is described perfectly by Cath and as I experienced the same things just a year ago, I could relate a lot to that too. And then the insecurities she had when she started out to have a relationship are so me. The awkwardness during the relationship is so me too. I would say that Cath is 85% me or vice-versa. And so, she will always remain close to my heart.

The other characters include Wren and Reagan and of course Levi. But there is also Cath’s father and her Fiction Writing teacher. An amazing set of characters make this book even more special. It’s not that I liked all of them a lot. I didn’t like Wren very much even though I could understand why she was doing some things. But it’s just that the characters make the book what it is! Even though Reagan didn’t have a very big role, I really liked her. She was the perfect roommate to Cather. And when needed, the perfect companion. I really liked Levi from the beginning of the book and couldn’t understand what Cath’s problem with him was. But as the book went on, I feel in love with him more and more. He is not a stereotypical goody two shoes boy. Neither is he a bad boy. But he is somewhere in between. He doesn’t always know what the right thing to say or to do is. But he tries. And we did get to see few fights between Cath and Levi which made them seem more like a realistic relationship and not the perfect relationship most books try to create.

Then there’s the Simon Snow part of the story. Simon Snow is like the Harry Potter of our world. Before the start of any chapter in this book, there is an excerpt from Simon Snow books or fanfiction or something about Simon Snow. There are also some fanfictions that are narrated by Cath to Levi. Though, at first it felt like these excerpts were hindering the main story, slowly I got used to them and they fit into the story in a way that I would have never thought possible. And I loved them.

This is not a book that was exceptional. This is not a book that blew me away. But when I was reading it, I never wanted it to end. I wanted more of Cath and Levi and I wanted more of the story! The story was like watching a TV series and I wished it was because then it could be brought back for a second season! I really, really wanted to read more about them. It was such a cute, sweet story and I loved it. If you are one of those people who tried to read it and couldn’t get through the first 50 pages or so, I suggest you push through it because the second part of the book is so amazing that I promise you won’t regret reading it. Please, please, PLEASE read it. That’s all I want to say.

Fin!

My rating- 4/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.