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review 2018-11-12 15:17
5/5: Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

Park doesn’t think much of Eleanor when he first sees her on the school bus. And Eleanor doesn’t think much of Park when she’s forced to sit next to him either…

Wow. That was something else.

Where to start with E&P? I’d start with the ending, but to do so would feel like a major spoiler, and it’s not something I want to spoil for anyone, even by dropping it under the safety of hidden text. Just read the book for yourself, then we’ll talk about the ending.

I wanted to talk about the ending so much when I finished it, I wanted to bother my book-buddy friend on a Sunday night when she probably had better things to do. I would have asked my wife about it, but she’d have to read it first, and I didn’t want to wait that long.

But enough ending-related vagueness. What can I tell you about this book?

The simplicity of the writing pulls you in and along for the ride. The sentence structure is simple, almost an elementary level. But those simple sentences have complex themes poured into them. It’s like minimalism for writing; all the power is underneath the words. It drags you down the page and pulls you through the book.

There are no easy answers to the questions asked around the edges of this story. Eleanor is pushed into hard and uncomfortable shapes by the world she lives in. She cares deeply for her brothers and sisters, but finds she can’t drown with them and she can only save herself when the waters close over her head. Park, by comparison, seems to have life easy, but there are undercurrents to his life that make his footing less secure than it seems.

I liked the additional complexity of having it set in 1986 as well. Eleanor can’t simply reach into a back pocket and call 911, any more than she can call Park. He’s only a few blocks away, but it might as well be miles.

And how lost Park is without Eleanor, the music gone from his life both metaphorically and literally. The songs he’s never going to be able to listen to again. Ah, man.

I loved the way this book made me remember how it all felt. It mirrors our “first times” so perfectly and makes us ache for everything to be new again, for the first touch of a hand in ours.

(Falling asleep listening to your love on the phone, the conversations about nothing that mean everything. The first time you ever made someone a mix tape. Yeah, I’m that old I can remember doing those: The careful selection and editing, the struggle to get everything to fit onto a 90 minute space. Trying to squeeze your personality down to thirty songs. Even though I didn’t get there until I met my wife - my own Eleanor in style and bearing if not by name - until ten years later than Park, I still went through it all.)

I was almost blubbering and had to stop sometimes when I was reading this, because it’s so fragile, what Eleanor and Park have.

I felt like I would break it by looking at it for too long, and that would make my heart ache for its lost beauty.

It's wonderful to watch these two fall for the first time, as we have all fallen. And in watching, we remember when they were us.

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review 2018-10-24 01:22
Review: Fangirl
Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow (2014) Paperback - Rainbow Rowell

Hey everyone and how's it going? Fantastic most likely, because that is how I feel at that moment yay!!! So, as you can tell by the title, it is another review. I'm sure you're all going why?!, but I did warn you all! Today, I am reviewing "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell. I got a lot to say so Allons-y!

 

  Books Blurb:

 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

 

Okay, everybody is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath it's something more. Fandom is life. It's what got her and her sister, Wren, through losing their mom. It's what kept them close.

 

And now that she's starting college, introverted Cath isn't sure what's supposed to get her through. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction 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?

 

 

I thought that this book was really amazing! It too paid homage of being a fangirl/boy. It had some really good and funny moments. Like when Cath and Wren had before heading to school. Cath is worried about having a creepy roommate who stays up all night to take pics of her while she slept! The adorableness of Cath and Levi that took time, Levi himself is a gentleman and always has a smile on his face. A funny reaction that Cath's roommate Reagan had, when she found out that Cath was a twin, which creeped her the hell out. 

 

There were times of complete annoyance and anger that got to me when it came to Wren and her roommate Courtney. That needed a common sense shoe to come out of nowhere and hit them...hahaha! Cath also needed to get hit by that shoe as well a lot of time!  A scare and sad time when it came to the girls' dad, who has suffered a lot since his wife and the girls' mom ran off. This book represents some if not all of us who are such huge fans of something, rather it be Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, anything really. That all we want to do is live and breathe our fandom and keep going, even if it's long done and some fans have moved on. It also, represents to some some real stuff that is written like dealing this anxiety and depression. 

 

It doesn't matter how old we all are, we all have something that we are such huge fans of and would go at nothing but to create magic for us and those who are still on the train. We should all celebrate our inner and outer Geek! Not let others tell you that you're too old to be apart of your fandoms. But, to also remember to live your life outside of your fandom as well!

 

Well, that is it from me. I will be back on Thursday with a new review! Until then be awesome and do awesome!

 

LATER DAYS!

 

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review 2018-10-08 17:21
Invasion of Privacy is not a Meet-Cute Situation
Attachments - Rainbow Rowell

As someone who enjoyed "Eleanor & Park" as well as "Landline" I was disappointed with this one. The female lead (Beth) who we only get to know through emails comes across quite well. I just didn't care for the male lead (Lincoln) at all. I initially thought well this is an interesting premise, but things moved to the creepy for me way too quick and I just ended up disliking Lincoln. Anyone that gets completely wrapped up in another human being as a teen can be excused, but the way he didn't want to let go of his last relationship, and then just stumbled around taking courses for years, and truly not seeing how dysfunctional his mother and his relationship was didn't help at all. With his insta-love of Beth it just made me uncomfortable. 

 

"Attachments" has a pretty interesting premise. A IT guy at the local paper is responsible for reading red flagged emails and to let the sender and recipient not to do it again. However, Lincoln finds himself looking forward to the emails that Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder send back and forth to each other during the day. It made me smile a bit since I have a best friend at work and that is all we do. Though know with Business Skype it's just IMs. Lincoln finds himself growing more and more obsessed by the emails that Beth sends and wishing that he had the guts to introduce himself and ask her out. Only problem is that Beth is in a relationship and has no idea he even exists. 

 

Rowell changed things up a bit that we do focus more on the male romantic partner in this one. We get to read emails from Beth to Jennifer, but we don't really get any insights into her like we do Lincoln. We get to follow Lincoln as he tries to pull himself out of a depression while also starting to interact with his coworkers and older friends more. His older sister is telling him he needs to move out of their mother's house, and his totally befuddery about why he needs to do that didn't endear the character to me at all. His mother is a mess and we can read between the lines that she underminded his last relationship. 


I think the biggest problem I had was that I wish that Lincoln was doing things for him and not for Beth. He changes his hair up, starts working out, etc. in order to be better for her. Heck, I don't even know if he gets how he acted about his last girlfriend was okay at first to extremely not normal. He obsesses about her until Beth, and then once he starts reading Beth's emails he starts thinking about her. His D&D friends are very adorable and I liked seeing him stretch himself to go out and meet other people. 

 

Beth at times though I wanted to shake too. She is obsessed about getting married to her long term boyfriend and slightly jerky about her younger sister getting married before her. Though that changes through the emails when you see that Beth is doing what a lot of women do, hope that if you ignore the elephant in the room, your romantic partner will eventually propose. The character is funny though and very supportive of Jennifer. And Jennifer has her own problems that I won't get into in this book too. I would say that if the book had just been them and their emails I would have loved it a lot more. 


The setting of this book is 1999/2000 in Nebraska. We have some Y2K talk which was hilarious in hindsight since nothing ever came of that whole the world is going to end when the computer clocks set back. 

 

If Rowell had changed the ending with Lincoln growing without the whole Beth is the perfect woman for him then this would have been five stars. 

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text 2018-10-07 18:21
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Attachments - Rainbow Rowell

Stalking isn’t attractive. I liked Beth and Jennifer and that was about it. Lincoln isn’t any better than his mother about not getting when to let go. His relationship with Sam and then his obsession with Beth didn’t make me root for him. A braver thing would have been him moving onto someone who he was with in the real world instead of stalking via email. Bah.

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review 2018-07-11 09:14
#38 - Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Landline - Rainbow Rowell

I had heard so many things about this book since I started watching booktube videos I had to read this. I definitely enjoyed reading it, it was really fun and enjoyable. I really needed some contemporary read to get back into reading because I was in a kind of slump.

 

I am used to reading books about teenagers and it was refreshing to have older main characters. I also liked the fact that Georgia, the main characters, is a TV writer, it is not that common in books and it was great to learn more about this lifestyle. 

 

The plot was not the most important part of the book, not a lot happen, but you get a lot of flashbacks and you learn more about the past of the characters. I think it was really well done.

 

If you like romance, but not cheesy romance, I totally recommend reading this. If you are in a reading slump and don't know what to do, it could help you

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