Monthly Archives: December 2013

Still Fangirling about Rowell and Levithan

Thanks to a WONDERFUL author event at Avid Bookshop, and my fabulous friend H, I am completely, 100%, head over heals in love with Rainbow Rowell and completely, utterly, devastatingly fascinated by David Levithan. A couple of weeks ago I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and I completely feel in love. Now I’ve had some time off school because of the holidays (HAPPY HOLIDAYS!) and so I’ve been eating and sleeping and reading…that’s pretty much it.
I went to the library and stocked up (I got two Levithan books and a book on the GA peach book award nominee list) and then when Christmas came I got two books by Rowell! In the past week I’ve read Every Day by David Levithan, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, and I’ve started Attachments by Rowell.
I’m loving them! Thank goodness for my friends H and C. H because she’s been swooning over these authors for months and C because she dragged me to that awesome author event!

Looking for something great to curl up with by the fire? Maybe you need a book to read while you sip a double mocha chocolate crackacino? Well here ya ga. Now you know what you need to buy, borrow, or download.

The book titles link to my posts about those books! Check them out!

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I’m still seriously Fangirling over Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and now that I’ve read Eleanor and Park, I think I’ll have to track down every book she’s ever written. I’ve already got her adult novel, Attachments, sitting in front of me begging me to read it (its begging so loudly that I’m having trouble writing this), but I needed to let you all in on this love affair with Rowell’s writing. You deserve a love like this.

Eleanor and Park is weird. It’s lovely, a little sexy, completely sweet, and romantic. Eleanor is odd. She’s poor and different, and wonderful. I love her. And I love Park. Park is odd too, but in a way that fits in. He is of mixed race in a very white neighborhood and school, and he is a bit nerdy and quite sweet.
The way these two find each other and fall in love is a bit magical. It makes me feel all warm and giggly. I like it. Read it.
That’s really all there is to say. 😀

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Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan is a fantastic and heart wrenching story about A, who wakes up each morning in a different person’s body, borrows them for a day, and is wrenched from them at midnight leaving them none the wiser. A tries hard to stay within the normal parameters of the body’s daily life, and A challenges himself to be as moral as possible considering his nature. I say ‘his’ only to simplify things. A has no body of his own, and therefore no gender. He could wake up each day in the body of a girl or a boy, gay or straight, transgender or otherwise. A lives with this fairly well, making games out of how well he can get through the day with as little of his body’s memories as possible, until he falls in love.

This is an amazing book. It made me examine my thoughts and mindsets about gender a bit, but that isn’t its main goal. Levithan has written a book about life, love, morality, gender, identity, and consciousness. It’s interesting, riveting, and entertaining in all the right ways. I finished it in two days, and I think you should go, read it. Now.

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