As a 16 yo, I didn’t experience a first love. A couple of crushes, but none of them were anything more than an occasional glance in the lift, or a quickening of pulse when they appeared in front of me. To read Rainbow Rowell describe it so minutely in normal-speak without being elaborate is a welcome peek into a world when feelings run amok, you barely understand what’s happening and yet you feel so much (so – much like my current mid-thirties, GOTCHA, dumb-ass emotions, ergh) – I love how she is able to weave music and the first […]
I listened to the audio version of this narrated by Euan Morton, who is playing King George in Hamilton currently. I really enjoyed it. The night after I finished the book, I was having a tough time falling asleep so I started listening to Carry On again. Now I am addicted to falling asleep to Carry On. I don’t know what this says about me as a person or about the book.
Bingo Square: So Popular While I had only read seven of the ten books from the “So Popular” list, I chose a reread. I knew Divergent as a series had not lived up to the first novel; while I enjoyed Gillian Flynn, I am kind of over that genre (is it still a twist if we expect it?) which meant no Girl on a Train; and even though I know everyone loves The Fault in our Stars, I just have little interest in reading a novel about teens dying of cancer. My Sister’s Keeper was enough in that category. Given […]
CBR10Bingo: Home Sweet Home Growing up in Nebraska, Willa Cather was required reading. I loved loved loved My Ántonia in junior high, but I soured on her after reading O Pioneers! and hating the bummer of a preachy ending. When I first saw the Home Sweet Home square, I thought I might have to give one of her other books a try until I remembered I have a new favorite Nebraska author, thanks to CBR: Rainbow Rowell! Eleanor & Park went right to my wishlist after I read Fangirl and Carry On this spring, and though I wouldn’t have minded […]
Popular books are popular for a reason – I look a look at the bingo list and I’d read all of them. Which meant I was free to opt for the reread of my choosing! And I chose the Rainbow Rowell book I’d only read once: Attachments Minor quibble: no one ever actually attaches anything. But that’s really my only quibble, so you know this book is damn solid. Okay second quibble. What Lincoln does is really creepy and inexcusable and when Beth does finally get to confront him she makes a (mean) joke and then immediately apologizes which … I […]
This is one of the most popular books on this site, and it’s one I’ve been meaning to get around to. Bingo was the perfect opportunity to kick me in the butt and start it for the So Poplular slot. That said, while I see that it’s one of the more popular books on the site I could not get past the icky plot. Rowell is a fantastic writer. Her characters are very well drawn and engaging. I honestly felt for every single one. However, I simply can’t get past the stalking nature of what Lincoln does, and I don’t […]
You wouldn’t think a story about an adult man creeping on two women’s private email conversation would be cute and charming, but this is a Rainbow Rowell book, so of course it is. “I know that people change. I thought … I thought we’re going to change together. I thought that’s what it meant to be in love.” Lincoln is lost in life. He’s been reeling ever since his girlfriend broke up with him first year in college. He now has several degrees and a job he took to pay his bills while he figured it all out. His job […]
CBR 10 BINGO Square: So Popular!: Eleanor & Park Best for: Young adults who want a love story that isn’t as absurd as Romeo and Juliet but that doesn’t discount their feelings. In a nutshell: Eleanor comes from a fucked-up home. Park does not. Both are a bit outcast-y. Events transpire. Worth quoting: “When Eleanor was around girls like that — like Park’s mom, like Tina, like most of the girls in the neighborhood — she wondered where they put their organs. Like, how could you have a stomach and intestines and kidneys, and still wear such tiny jeans?” Why […]