I loved The Fault In Our Stars and was riveted to the Hunger Games trilogy, so I’m no stranger to YA fiction. I was prepared for the younger characters. What was I not prepared for? The fan fiction. Yes, it’s a book about a woman who writes fan fiction, so its inclusion should be a no brainer. On the contrary, I found the fiction bits about a Harry Potter like character poorly written and a distraction from the book itself.
The story itself is a pretty straight forward love story about a misfit girl finding her feet in college, despite a fractious home life and her own anxieties. With the help of some interesting secondary characters, she manages to eat in the cafeteria and occasionally have a social life. Her party girl twin and absent mother both seemed a bit one dimensional and the eventual love story was rather formulaic.
All that said, it was an enjoyable summer read. I wonder if Eleanor & Park will be better?