Eleanor and Park | Class #2, 2016

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Rainbow Rowell’s nontraditional romance novel Eleanor and Park portrays a young love that is genuine in its intimacy and awkwardness, as well as the painful realities of life that are well beyond the control of the young protagonists. What are the universal themes of this book distinctly set in the 1980s, and what elements are […]

Review of Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow

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Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell High School   St. Martin’s Griffin   522 pp. 10/15   978-1-250-04955-1   $19.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4668-5054-5   $9.99 In Fangirl (rev. 11/13), protagonist Cath wrote fanfiction for the fictitious “Simon Snow” fantasy series. Now Rowell has written a novel set in Simon Snow’s universe and using many […]

Eleanor and Park

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Rainbow Rowell’s nontraditional romance novel Eleanor and Park portrays a young love that is genuine in its intimacy and awkwardness, as well as the painful realities of life that are well beyond the control of the young protagonists. What are the entry points in the story for readers whose lives are very different from those […]

Reading Rainbow (Rowell)

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Who knew Rainbow Rowell had a new book (for adults)? Not me! Until I snapped it up at the Cambridge Public Library yesterday. A TV-writer mom bags out on her husband and kids during Christmas vacation in order to stay home and prepare for a big pitch at work. Her marriage has been cooling for […]

Eleanor & Park: Author Rainbow Rowell’s 2013 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

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The second thing they tell you when you’ve won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award is that you’ll have to give a speech. They should tell you that first, and they should phrase it like so: “So, we’re gonna have you give a speech in front of a bunch of people and a video camera, and […]

Rainbow Rowell on Fangirl

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In our November/December issue, reviewer Cynthia Ritter asked Rainbow Rowell about the creating the many narrative layers (real world + fictional world + fanfictional world!) of her new novel Fangirl. Read the full review of Fangirl here. Cynthia K. Ritter: How much of the eight Simon Snow (fictional series) books and fanfiction did you actually […]

Review of Fangirl

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell High School     St. Martin’s Griffin     438 pp. 9/13     978-1-250-03095-5     $18.99 e-book ed. 978-1-250-03096-2     $9.99 College freshman Cather Avery is resistant to big life changes such as moving away from home and leaving her childhood behind. With identical twin sister Wren eager for more independence, Cath holes up in her dorm room, […]

Five questions for Rainbow Rowell

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Everyone is swooning over Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award winner Eleanor & Park (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013), which Horn Book reviewer Cindy Ritter called “an honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love.” With the acclaimed adult novel Attachments already on her CV and the much-anticipated YA book Fangirl just released, author Rainbow Rowell is […]

Review of Eleanor & Park

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell High School    St. Martin’s Griffin    328 pp. 2/13    978-1-250-01257-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-03121-1    $9.99 It’s the start of a new school year in 1986 Omaha when sophomores Eleanor and Park meet for the first time on the bus. They are an unusual pair: she’s the new girl in town, […]