2014 in Books: September, the Rainbow Rowell Edition

September was an excellent, but also bittersweet month of reading. I read three Rainbow Rowell books, and now feel despondent that there are no other books left of hers that I have not read.

Rainbow has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I read Eleanor & Park back in April and was struck by how realistic her writing was and how accurately she described the complexities of a relationship between teenagers with varying issues.

The same rang true for the rest of her books. I was impressed that no books were very much alike. She definitely has a witty writing style, yet the plots of her books are all so diverse and unpredictable. I also appreciate the manner in which she writes about love and relationships, without giving into predictable cliches and gag inducing romance.

I read the remaining books in the following order:

1. Attachments: I ordered this book off Paperback Swap shortly after finish Eleanor & Park. However, it got lost in my ever-growing (and slightly shameful) to-read pile, only to be discovered this month and quickly ravaged.

I could not put this book down. It is about an IT guy (Lincoln) who develops a crush on a co-worker (Beth), by reading the emails between Beth and her friend (Jennifer).

I absolutely loved all three main characters. Lincoln is an adorable, likable nerd and I would love to have a friend like either Jennifer or Beth. Their email interactions were hilarious and reminded me of many emails that got me through some tough days, with good friends. (I miss those, by the way. Girls, if you are reading, I could use more!)

I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

2. Landline: I still argue with myself about which Rainbow’s books are my favorites (I seriously have spent quite a bit of time lost in this thought), and Landline is definitely one of the top contenders. Just. Wow.

Georgie and Neal are a married couple who have a far from perfect relationship, but lots of love between them. Events transpire that prompt Georgie to reflect on choices she has made throughout their relationship and bring a new perspective to the current day.

I just loved how real the issues in this book are and how Rainbow is able to essentially create a love story that is realistic in today’s society of goal achieving, child rearing and loss of perspective.

3. Fangirl: This book is about a set of twins setting off to their first year of college. They are authors of fan fiction and face the trials of moving away from home, dealing with difficult parents and finding identity individually.

I absolutely loved the fan fiction premise. I am definitely one to obsess over my latest interests and can certainly understand being pulled into a reality that is seemingly better than your own.

I loved how Rainbow describes that oh, so difficult, but exciting time of transition from adolescence to early adulthood. She, once again, does a fantastic job of realistically portraying those awkward, cringe-worthy moments that develop into lessons.

I obviously love Rainbow Rowell and look forward to anything she publishes in the future. Check out her super cute website!

Have you read any Rainbow Rowell books?

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6 thoughts on “2014 in Books: September, the Rainbow Rowell Edition

  1. I read Eleanor & Park after you blogged about it. I loved it. Then I read Attachments. I didn’t love it like I did E&P. So I stopped there. Perhaps I need to rethink reading the rest.

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