2015 Jun. 20 45
St. Martin’s Press
“Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?"
“It sets a dangerous precedent."
“For avoiding pain?"
“For avoiding life."
Cath and Wren are twins, and it’s their first year of college. Wren, the outgoing and sociable one, wanted to explore this whole new world alone while the nerdy Cath struggled to adapt to the circumstances without the accompany of her build-in partner. It was hard for Cath to connect with other people, but fortunately, she met Reagan and Levi. It’s a story about friends, about family, fan fiction, love and finding balance.
This book has been a huge thing in Western world since it came out, but I can’t see why. 😦
The characters are highly relatable, though. Graduation season seems to be an appropriate time for this. It reminds me of so much of the freshman me. I find myself so much alike Cath, both being an introvert and a nerd. It is always an amazing thing to read about the protagonist who also loves reading.
The idea of fan fiction is really fresh as well. I’ve never read anything like this before.
But I just can’t love it. There are so many things happened in this novel, and I don’t think that everything is fully explained and settled. Her father’s mental condition; their relationship with Laura; Cath’s final project for fiction writing class (I am so eager to know more about it!!)… There’s still so much to tell.
And the characters… though we get connected with them easily, they’re not unique. They’re just too normal. We can simply change their name and put them in another story. They will fit perfectly.
Anyway, I don’t hate this novel. It’s cute and easy to read. For me, it worths something like 3.5 stars. I would recommend it to graduates especially. It will reminds you of you as a newbie in uni, and it’s extremely fun to do so. I can’t help smiling reading the first few chapters and remembering all the awkwardness I’ve been through myself. Happy graduation btw!
p.6 “This is college," Wren said. “The whole point of college is meeting new people."
p.15 In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t google.) Like, where does the line start? What food can you take? Where are you supposed to stand, then where are you supposed to sit? Where do you go when you’re done, why is everyone watching you?… Bah.
p.126 They were just stories, but stories weren’t just anything. Simon wasn’t just.
p.183 “Months are different in college," Levi said, “especially freshman year. Too much happens. Every freshman month equals six regular months.– they’re like dog months."
p.411 “Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy," Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for."