Eleanor & Park (and awesome ampersand bookmark made by the lovely @sarahsews2)

Hiya! So ” as soon as I can” ended up being a little later than I’d planned, thanks to illness and just life in general, but I do have a signed copy of Rainbow Rowells‘s book Eleanor & Park to give away. The winner is…

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Commenter #11, the lovely Laeroport/Lori! Lori, please email me and I’ll get the book shipped to you.

I drew three more numbers to win Eleanor & Park and Fangirl buttons: Erin (#13), Mim (#18), and Deborah (#23)! Ladies, please contact me with your addresses and I’ll get those mailed to you soon.

Congratulations, everyone! I’m sorry I didn’t have enough books and buttons for everyone to win, but I might have a few extra bookmarks (the ones with the code to text for the first chapter of Fangirl.. If you’re interested in one, email me your mailing address and I’ll pop one in an envelope for you unless I’ve run out. (Please note that it might be a couple of weeks before the bookmarks get mailed out, since I’ll be in Australia the first half of this month starting tomorrow night!)

Eleanor & Park (and awesome ampersand bookmark made by the lovely @sarahsews2)

You’ve heard me talking about my friend Rainbow‘s second book Eleanor & Park, right? I feel like I’ve been talking about it incessantly for a year or so. Then again, lots of people have been talking about it, including John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars), who wrote an amazing review of E&P for the New York Times. I wrote a less-amazing but still heartfelt review for Goodreads:

Set in 1986 in a working-class neighborhood [in Omaha, NE], this book is funny and sad and geeky. Eleanor and Park are both misfits for different reasons: he’s half-Korean in a mostly-white neighborhood, and is into music and comics instead of sports; she’s big and awkward and poor, and defiantly flaunts her crazy red hair and weird clothes. They find themselves reluctantly drawn together, then falling for each other despite their friends’ derision and their families’ dismay and disapproval. A larger, more dangerous threat looms over one of them, skillfully woven throughout the story and coming to a climax in a way that will have you reading faster and faster to find out what will happen.

This story of first love, of how it’s almost always intense and heart-breakingly doomed, will take you right back to those breathless, stomachache-y days when love was desperate and overwhelming and just holding your beloved’s hand was enough to make you walk on air for weeks.

We made t-shirts (design by @secretagentjo) to wear to Rainbow's L.A. signing! ("You're so proud of you!") #latergram
Awesome dorks in matchy t-shirts (graphic by Brenda Ponnay) at Rainbow’s L.A. signing at Book Soup.

Rainbow happens to be in Southern California right now, doing a bunch of stuff, including appearing on a panel at Comic-Con this Sunday and a couple of signings at bookstores in Los Angeles and San Diego. So I’m gonna take this opportunity to give away a signed copy of Eleanor & Park.

I have some Eleanor & Park and Fangirl buttons to give away too, and some bookmarks with a number on them that you can text to get the first chapter of Fangirl (Rainbow’s next book, coming out in September, “a coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family, and first love”)! So even if you don’t win an autographed book, you could still win some cool stuff.

To recap and make it less confusing:

  1. If you’d like a chance to win, just leave a comment before midnight Sunday, 21 July, 2013. If you want to tell me your favorite book character who’s an outcast, like Eleanor, that would be cool. Or if you just want to tell me your favorite book, or your favorite candy bar, or your favorite color, that’s cool too. Basically, I have not blogged in three months (crazy, right!?) and I will be so thrilled with any and all comments that I don’t care what you say to me. Make sure you leave a valid email address so I can contact you.
  2. The contest will end at midnight Pacific time on Saturday night/Sunday morning. I’ll contact and announce the winners as soon after that as I can.
  3. One person will win a signed copy of Eleanor & Park, and at least three more people will win E&P and Fangirl buttons and bookmarks.

If you’d like to increase your chances of winning, my friend Bonnie is having almost this exact same giveaway at her blog. Go comment there to improve your odds!

If you’re a San Diego local and you’d like to come get your own signed copy of E&P, Rainbow’s doing a mini-panel with fellow YA author Leigh Bardugo tomorrow night, 19 July 2013, at the Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble at 6pm, with a signing after.

By the way…this happens to be my 1000th blog post. That’s part of the reason I have not blogged in so long. I kept thinking, “But it’s my thousandth post! I need to make it SPECIAL.” But that clearly wasn’t working for me, so to mark this momentous occasion you get a giveaway, which is appropriate since without you guys (if anyone is still around…hello?) I probably wouldn’t still be here. Thank you!

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Comment #6, Kuky!

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I’m glad you REALLY want to read Attachments, Kuky, because you’re going to get a paperback copy of it and a signed bookplate from Rainbow in the mail soon. Congratulations!

For the rest of you that didn’t win, you can still purchase Attachments at Amazon (in paperback, hardcover, Kindle, Audio CD, and Audible Audio) or your favorite independent bookstore. (If they don’t have it, ask them why they don’t!) And did I mention that Rainbow has posted several deleted scenes from Attachments on her blog? It’s like her book is a DVD with extras—how cool is that!? My personal favorite involves Data from Star Trek.

And then there’s Rainbow’s second book, Eleanor & Park, available late 2012 or early 2013 in the U.S., but available in the UK in a few weeks (because of the way it was sold; Rainbow explains it on her blog). If you’re in the U.S. and don’t want to wait, you can purchase Eleanor & Park on amazon.co.uk for about $25. Here is where I admit that I have had the privilege of reading E&P already, and tell you that it’s a really excellent read. Set in East Omaha in 1986, it’s a story of first love and how it’s almost always doomed. It’s funny and sad and geeky, taking you right back to those breathless, stomachache-y days when love was desperate and overwhelming and just holding your beloved’s hand was enough to make you walk on air for days. I think if you liked Attachments, you’ll probably love Eleanor & Park.

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing! Kuky, I’ll be in touch with you about how to claim your prize.