July 18th, 2013
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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’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!