You guys, I loved this book. Like, a stupid amount. I loved this book so much it gave me the warm fuzzies. I loved it so much I wanted to be a teen again, and NO THANKS to that. I loved it so much I saved reading it for bad days despite wanting to eat it in one go like a cupcake. I loved, loved, loved this book like I was Roger Ebert’s evil twin reviewing the movie North. What I’m saying is this is a favorable review. Its my first Rainbow Rowell book, but now I’m gonna buy more, […]
Apparently, I’m in the middle of a massive re-reading binge. I didn’t even realize it, but most of the books on the list of “reviews I need to catch up on” are for books that I’ve not only read before, but have also reviewed before. Attachments is one of those books — first reviewed in CBR5, it was a book I loved so much, I was afraid to reread it. What if I didn’t love it as much as I did last time? Wouldn’t that sort of ruin it for me? Never fear! Not only did I still love it, […]
When I heard that Cannonball favorite Rainbow Rowell was joining the Marvel team, I was certainly intrigued. I’m not a huge Marvel fangirl, but I had faith that Rainbow wouldn’t sign on to a project that wasn’t worthy of her. So, at her urging, I went to the library to pick up the first two volumes of the original Runaways, written by the always great Brian K. Vaughan. And, of course, Rainbow was right. I was immediately taken in and wanted more.* Here’s a quick overview of what happens in the first two volumes: A group of six kids are […]
This is the fifth AS King book I’ve had the pleasure of reading during my tenure as a Cannonballer…I read Please Ignore Vera Dietz way back in CBR3, Ask the Passengers in CBR6, and earlier this year I read the mind-bending Still Life with Tornado and the amazing Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. And after reading this one, I found myself wondering why teens (and parents! parents should be reading these!) all over the world aren’t universally singing the praises of AS King.* I know. These books aren’t exactly easy reading. Not only is the subject matter often upsetting (as is life), but the […]
I like this book so much I am actually angry with myself. I’m angry that I didn’t read it years ago. I’m angry that I read it now. I’m angry that Malin is probably going to pass me on the Leaderboard because I liked Attachments so much I’m not going to be able to read other books for a while. I have three other reviews half written and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to finish them because none of them are this book, and that makes me mad. I’m angry because the main characters are creepy […]
Fangirl (2013) is another of Rowell’s character-driven YA novels that has been well-received by readers and well-reviewed by critics. As of this post, it has a slightly higher rating on Goodreads (4.12) than her very much revered Eleanor & Park (4.11), also published in 2013. Rainbow Rowell is an engaging writer, so for all I didn’t like about the book, Rowell is gifted in being able to create memorable characters and worlds that seem relatable and authentic. Still, I could not get beyond thinking that this story is just OK. Read the full review.
I’ll admit, I was late to the party – everyone was already gushing wildly about Rainbow Rowell, especially the YA love story Eleanor & Park, by the time I finally picked up one of her books. There’s just something about THAT much effusive praise that makes me wary. But then I read the blurb for Fan Girl, and I just couldn’t deny my interest anymore. Of course, just as so many have fallen before me, once I read one of her books, I immediately had to buy them all, while cursing my contrarian nature for depriving me of the Rowell […]
There are very few writers — of any genre — that absolutely grasp how to write dialogue that an actual human being would say. And I think its especially difficult when it comes to YA characters. Rainbow Rowell can do it. Andrew Smith can do it. And my god, AS King can do it, too. Years and years ago (for CBR3!!!), I read Please Ignore Vera Dietz, a book I still think about every once in a while. It was so different from anything else I had read in the world of YA, it really and truly stood out for me as groundbreaking. […]