Reviewed by Anne Strang, Children's Librarian
Although my official title at the library is "Children's Librarian", I am going to take a stab at reviewing a teen book. I often read YA literature, but this book has risen to the top of my favorites list, hands down. This is the story of Cather and Wren, twin sisters heading off to the University of Nebraska for their freshman year. Wren dives in to college life with no qualms, but Cather is having a different experience. Her anxiety level is through the roof, and she struggles to even leave her dorm, opting to eat power bars in her room instead. She is also worried sick about leaving her dad on his own, as he has been struggling since his divorce.
But here's the thing -- despite what I have just said, Cather is not someone to feel sorry for! Despite her nerdiness and fear of change, there is something about her that just shines. You can't help but love her, and it soon becomes clear her fellow students begin to appreciate her, too. Slowly she starts to find her place on campus, all the while staying true to herself.
Another fun aspect of the book is Cather's fan fiction writing. She is enamored with Simon Snow, a very Harry Potter-ish fantasy character, and her postings to this fan site are incredibly popular. Anyone who is a serious Harry Potter fan will appreciate and enjoy Cather's dedication to her fictional hero!
I suggest every 17-year-old read this book before they head off to school. If ever there was a book that shows however you feel as you start college is perfectly normal, this is it! The story's authenticity makes it a pure pleasure to read. Check it out NOW!!! You won't regret it!
Find this book, book-on-CD, or eAudiobook in the library catalog.