Hardcover: 433 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary romance
Rating: 4 Stars- I loved the book. I’d recommend the book. You should read the book.
Yes, I loved this book. I’ve had to think about why I loved this book because if you asked me when I finished it my answer would have been, “I just did.” So I’ve made a list for you:
- Rainbow Rowell did a VERY good job of portraying a person dealing with anxiety but not on medicine. That would be me. I have times that are worse than others but I’ve never been bad enough for anything more than counselling. And I’ve had almost every one of the thoughts that Cath worried about. My favorite worry of hers was the fact that she wouldn’t eat in the dining hall because she didn’t know where the line started, how much food you could take, and where to sit. Those were my exact thoughts. And I never ate in the dining hall because I didn’t have a roommate as cool as Reagan. I bet more of us have these same worries than we realize. This helps you to feel like you aren’t alone, someone understands you
- Another thing that the author accomplished well was the tension between Cath and Levi (the romantic interests). There were parts in the first half of the book when I wanted to scream, “just talk already!” But at the same time, I had the same concerns Cath did. Being an aspiring author in the YA contemp romance genre, I want to bow down to the perfection in this area. If I could write a book that made people feel constantly torn between “get together already” and “there’s no way this will work” then I will feel accomplished.
- Lastly, I loved that Cath was a popular fanfiction writer and she struggled with writing fanfiction vs writing her own fiction. What a cool problem to have. I’ve never tried writing fanfiction but it was neat learning about it through Cath.
Ok, I did have one word of caution. It contains enough swear words that you definitely notice. However, I started her other book, Eleanor and Park and that had a LOT of swear words. I didn’t even read past page 5 because I couldn’t take much more. This wasn’t bad enough for me to put the book down, but enough that I felt like I should mention it.
Have you read the book? What did you love about it?