bookishandnerdy: Upcoming YA releases This comes out in…

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013


Upcoming YA releases

This comes out in September this year.

Here is the synopsis:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan …

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words … And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?

Well it’s safe to say I want this book.

I think it’s safe to say all of tumblr should want this book. Am I right? This is what we all want right? lol

I really recommend her books everyone. Eleanor and Park was just released so please go out and buy it!

Warning: Wall of text.

I’m really looking forward to Fangirl. I just finished Attachments, Rainbow Rowell’s first novel, after having previously fallen hard for Eleanor & Park.

I had a few issues with Attachments. The emails between Jennifer and Beth bothered me a little at first, because I got hung up trying to figure out exactly how the conversations looked in-world. If I’d been looking over Lincoln’s shoulder, what would I have seen? Were Beth and Jennifer top-posting their replies? Interleaving responses with quoted material? Was that quoted material being edited out by the author (that is, by Rowell)? How was the security software flagging the shorter responses, if those didn’t include the rest of the conversation?

I quickly stopped worrying about that, because the conversations were so fun. I love romcom movies, and even if I hadn’t known it going in, I think I would have picked up pretty quickly that this was intended as a romcom in book form. It totally feels like an AU version of You’ve Got Mail, which made it funny when the movie was referenced explicitly.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll just say that the other part of the book that didn’t work very well for me was a pivotal scene that makes up much of chapter 88. Once I figured out where the book was going I was really looking forward to that scene. And then… it fell a little flat. One character was being really passive. The other was behaving in a way that was hard for me to understand. The action seemed to be covering a lot of time, and I found it hard to imagine the scene in my head in a way that felt believable. I liked how things ended up, but I’d been expecting something more.

But there was a lot about the book that I really loved. I loved the email conversations. I loved the supporting characters (especially Doris and Christine). I loved the description of working in a publishing operation transitioning from linotype and pasteup artists to computers, because I lived through that transition (at a series of trade magazines rather than a newspaper, but except for the monthly rather than the daily deadline cycle it was pretty much the same thing).

Compared to Eleanor & Park, Attachments took me a little longer to get invested, and left me a little less-satisfied at the end. But like E&P, it had me totally hooked through most of the book, flipping pages and impatient to find what was going to happen next.

I think there’s a really good chance that the rough edges in Attachments were the result of it being Rowell’s first novel, and that the improvements between it and Eleanor & Park were no accident. If that’s true, Fangirl is going to be awesome.

tl;dr: If you liked Eleanor & Park, you probably should read Attachments. And if you like them both (like I do), you should be counting the days until Fangirl.

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