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!

27 Responses to “Win a signed copy of Eleanor & Park!”

  1. mamalang says:

    Congrats on the 1000th post :)

    And I just commented a bit ago on Instagram how much I love this book. It’s in my top 5 right now!

  2. Christine says:

    I like purple. And green. And coral. And reading thousandth blogposts.

  3. Gramaw says:

    Funny, I JUST recommended this book to my friend Amy!!
    I don’t need to be in the contest, since I already have 2 copies of this book & both are signed!! So someone else can win & read this awesome book!!

  4. Cathy says:

    Congrats on the 1000th post – missed you! This books looks fabulous (my daughter is in her first relationship with a boy, instantly made me think of them and had my own flashbacks!) Even if I don’t win, I’ll seek the book out, sounds good! One of my favorite book character outcasts is Mishna Wolf (the author too) of I’m Down – she’s growing up with her Dad who thinks he’s black, but isn’t and it’s so funny (without being offensive.)

  5. falwyn says:

    I hear ya on the not blogging in forever thing. (Except my forever has been quite a bit longer than yours… oops.) I want to read this book so much! Favorite outcast character… I am very fond of Nimona right now, in the ongoing online comic (hey, comics!) by Noelle Stevenson. http://gingerhaze.com/nimona

  6. [...] UPDATE: Hey guess what! My friend Bethany is ALSO giving away a copy of E&P! Double your chances to win at her blog here. [...]

  7. Lety says:

    Yay I love when you post! I have so many favorites I couldn’t list them all:)

  8. Jane says:

    I heard about this book from your blog and as soon as it was available at the library I put it in my queue. I’m still waiting for it but would love to win one. My favourite book this year has been Fault in our stars. Congrats on your 1000th post.

  9. Michelle says:

    So nice to hear from you again. I have missed your posts. It keeps us in touch from a distance. It also wonderful to hear about Rainbow. The book sounds great. Cheers on your 1000th blog post and Cheers to the author, Ms. Rowell on her upcoming third book! :)

  10. My favorite book this year was TFiOS by John Green. I relate to Hazel in a lot of ways, especially health-wise. I also want to win E&P because my friend recommended it to me.

  11. Congrats on batting 1000! I finally got my hands on the library’s copy of E&P and am really enjoying it – trying to savor it and get to the ending at the same time.
    I read Code Name Verity earlier this year – it was such a fantastic book, such a moving friendship, such great voices from the characters. Highly recommended.

  12. Meredith says:

    I really love Caddie from Caddie Woodlawn. She’s not really an “outcast” in the angsty modern way, but she was vastly different from many in her time. I love that book!

  13. Erin says:

    My my (new and most recent) favorite heroine is Summer in Wonder (RJ Palacio) for being an authentic friend and having the courage to leave the party. My 6th graders loved it, too :)

  14. magreen says:

    This book looks great! thanks!
    I’m gonna go with our new recent fave here… Rose wilder lane. She is technically a character in a book, but in real life – she was the mother of the libertarian party, the first female real estate agent in California, an editor for a Black newspaper during the days of “separate, but equal” and she edited (if not wrote)the little house on the prairie series. She preserved her family farm with her own earnings and donated it to be a historical landmark- there was so much more too! My daughter chose to learn about her and I learned so much – despite being a life long fan of “laura Ingalls”

  15. Janet in Nebraska says:

    I’d like a free copy because I “just want to read it”! Loved the reviews … it sounds like a great read! I’ve got my fingers crossed ~

  16. Jen Wilson says:

    Don’t enter me in the contest (I already have a super-awesome signed copy of E&P), but congrats on the 1000th post! And now you’ll blog more often, right? RIGHT?!

  17. Calee says:

    Glad you’re blogging again! You know that Eleanor and Park was named one of the best books of the year by Amazon? Of course it was.
    My favorite book in college was My Name is Asher Lev by Chiam Potok. Now, I really hate to admit it, but I really loved the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter. The 1st book is free for Kindle and it sucked me in and…yeah.

  18. Mim says:

    Happy 1000th!

    I’d love to win since I myself still feel like an outcast @44! My favorite outcast from a recent novel is Simon from City of Bones.

  19. Haley says:

    I would love a copy of E&P! My favorite female character is Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy (man that sounds so lame, but I pinky promise that the series is amazing!). She is strong, a little hard-headed, and is self-dependent. I admire her in lots of ways, even if I don’t like how she was portrayed as basically physically perfect.

  20. Miranda says:

    Favorite color is purple and my favorite series is the In Death series by JD Robb.

  21. Amanda says:

    I was looking to download the book…maybe I’ll wait, just in case. ;)
    Also, congrats on the 1000th post!! :)

  22. Andrew Willard says:

    Wow, way to go and reach 1000! Would have to say my favorite book is Breakfast of Champions. Think I’ve read it at least 5 times now.

  23. Deborah says:

    CONGRATS on your 1000th blog post!!!! That’s incredible! SO proud of you! I can’t believe it’s been that many…time flies when you enjoy what you are reading. ;)

    Speaking of reading, I haven’t been doing much of it (other than FB) for a while since I’ve been in a major quilting binge. While I’ve been making great progress, I kinda miss reading books….and would LOVE to break my ‘book fast’ with reading _Eleanor & Park_. Congrats to Rainbow on the success of her book!

  24. Kuky says:

    I’m not entering. I already have the book. :) I just wanted to say, congratulations on 1000!

  25. Heather S says:

    Congrats! That’s wonderful! My favorite book currently is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

  26. Christine H. says:

    I’ve been meaning to read Eleanor and Park for some time now. It has gotten so many great reviews.
    Also, Congrats!!
    My favorite book is Divergent by: Veronica Roth.

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