Book Review: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

26365537Title: Kindred Spirits

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher:  Macmillan Kids UK

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Pages: 96

Synopsis from Goodreads:

‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
‘Maybe.’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

Like any other Rainbow Rowell story that I read, this short novel made me feel fuzzy warm things inside my heart. Kindred Spirits, in my opinion, is basically our story as fangirls/fanboys. I tell you people, it’s like me reading about myself during the long periods of time I spent lining up just to see something that I have anticipated (aka book signings but in this novella, it’s the new Star Wars movie).

What I really liked the most about Rainbow’s characters is that they are so easily relatable. Elena and Gabe are such lovely people whom I just want to hug tight because I feel what they feel. Oh and Troy! He’s so fun! I think he is someone, I would like to be on the same side with and someone who I will look up to. Why not? He’s an expert in my fandom.

There were not much exciting parts in the novella save for that moment that they have been waiting for. Though I think that I really enjoyed the banters between our main characters and the bits of revelations from them.

My final rating is 4/5 stars. I just want it to be longer with more character development.

4-rating

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Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Landline

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher:  Orion (January 1, 2014)

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 320

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Oh gods! It’s been such a long time since I last posted a review. Imagine. It’s been a month! I had such a crazy time trying to balance work, rest, and reading. I’m glad I stole a free time for myself to rant out feels for this Rainbow Rowell book and post some more book love.

Anyway, I just want too say that I was so ecstatic when I got a copy of Landline in this edition. It’s way much prettier than the US edition. I can’t find a hardcover UK edition, so I had to settle with this instead. But…it’s still beautiful! I knew that this story is more of written for  the “adult” audience. So, getting into this book was kind of hard. The main character, Georgie, being married, having kids, and working on her career, was difficult to relate to.

Her marriage with Neal was problematic.

At the beginning, their family was supposed to fly to Omaha for the Christmas season. Georgie is a TV producer, and she had to stay behind for her work, making Neal mad at her. As Georgie was left behind, she tries to find out how she and Neal had come to this point in their lives, distant and unable to communicate with each other. One night, she finds this magical telephone that connects her to Neal in the past.

My first thought going into this book is how am I supposed to love this book if I cannot even relate to its characters? How am I going to finish it if the mood of the book is gloomy when all I’m ever craving for is a typical cutesy, heartwarming Rainbow Rowell book? I know. I know. There is Eleanor and Park. But then..there was the cutesy feel to it..because Park is totally adorable and Eleanor, oh how I love her.

How wrong I was with that. It turned out I just need a little patience to get to the good part. Once I got there, I was flying through the book, savoring all the precious goodies written by Rainbow. There is still bunch of cutesy and heartwarming moments. It’s like eating a chocolate which slowly melts inside your tongue making you feel pure bliss. That’s what I feel everytime I read a Rainbow Rowell book. She makes me want to cry and laugh and cry and laugh again. She’s my queen when it comes to contemporary books. I love everything she writes. Her characters are still relatable and loveable because they really are. I just want to take Georgie and Neal from the pages and hug them because they make me warm and fuzzy.

I will not say more about what happened. Just go and read the book!!! Go!!!!

5-rating

 

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Dutton Adult (April 14, 2011)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 323

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . .

Attachments is a contemporary novel which is set in the 90’s in a publishing company where Lincoln is hired as an internet security officer. He thought that his job would entail preventing hackers from invading the company’s database but instead, he was given the boring job of going through the other employees’ e-mails. He encounters the funny conversations between two friends, namely, Beth and Jennifer. As he reads their e-mails, he finds himself getting more and more attached to them..and perhaps getting attracted to Beth. The problem is how will he introduce himself without sounding like a creeper? Will Beth like him back?

The fact that Rainbow Rowell wrote this novel made me instantly pick it up and put it in my TBR list. I thoroughly enjoyed her other novels..and I also fell in love with this one. Rainbow Rowell has her own way in making her readers feel attached to her characters. Her characters are very likable and relatable.

Lincoln is an introvert and a geek. He can’t seem to stand other people except his mother, sister, and pack of friends. He doesn’t go out that much and his work is during night time when everyone is hanging out at bars and dating. Meanwhile, Beth works as a movie reviewer. She’s hilarious and gorgeous. She’s stuck with her boyfriend who treats her badly. She thinks she still loves him but she’s just hanging on to the idea of being in love with him.

Now, these are two characters whom you could totally relate right? That’s what I felt as well when I was reading the story. It was so easy to just be drowned in the novel and feel as if you were there with the characters. Plus, there were moments when I thought I could just die from all the cuteness that there is between Lincoln and Beth.  There were also lots of moments in the book wherein I just want to make them face each other and fall for one another. I was put through lots of things just to see them together you know? Yeah..I’m not getting spoiler-y here.

At the end, I was just frustrated because it ended so fast. I wanted it to go on and on and on and on..Anyway, I still felt very much happy when I finished it. It’s one of those best “FEEL GOOD” books that I would recommend to anyone. Read it, people! However, Fangirl is still my favorite Rainbow Rowell novel. 😀

4-rating

 

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (September 10, 2013)

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 433

Synopsis from Goodreads

A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family, and first love.

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, 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

You know that feeling when you find a novel which practically describes your life? Yeah, this is just the feels that I got from the first page of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I picked this one because I was really curious about the title, Fangirl. That’s what I am. I have been a fangirl for most of my life and to know that a book exists about a certain fangirl, made me crave to read it. Plus the fact that Rainbow “awesomeness” Rowell wrote it, I’ve already decided that this is going to be a great read.

Fangirl is about Cath who goes off to a University with her twin sister, Wren. They are Simon Snow fangirls. They love the series, read it, watch it, and write fanfictions about it  (really sounds like my life except the twin sister and fanfic writing part). When college came, Wren transforms into a crazy college girl and refused to be roommates with her twin. Meanwhile, Cath doesn’t want to change like her sister. She doesn’t want to let go of her Simon Snow experience. With a new roommate, Cath meets Levi who she thinks is an absolutely adorable guy. Then, at her Fiction-writing class, she meets Nick, who seems to have lots of similarities with her.

What I love about this book is that it’s very relevant to my life. I think it’s one of the factors that I love this novel so much. I love immersing myself in a world such as Cath’s because I feel like it describes my life. Simon Snow is like the Harry Potter in this story. Everyone in our generation must have been a Harry Potter fan (we always will be) and went through the same experiences as Cath undergoes as a Simon Snow fan.

Another thing I can relate to is Cath’s personality. I swear I am like Cath in real life. I don’t go out as much as I like. I’d rather stay in my room the whole day than spend a day socializing with people. Her dedication for her fandom is something that I felt too…And I have always wished that I am more outgoing like my friends.

I could go on and on about the things that I love about Fangirl. It made me laugh and cry. There are scenes in the books that just made me feel touched.

The characters are so likeable. Oh. My. Goodness. Reagan is one of my favorites. She’s not dramatic and she’s really awesome. Thank goodness Cath has her. Levi is funny and adorable. At first, I was repelled by him because what the heck..he’s not a book person. I’m like..”You’re all good Levi but why are you not a book person? Why?!!!” I’m more into Nick in the beginning. But as the story went on, I was pissed off how Nick doesn’t seem to be concerned at all for Cath after they do their writing sessions. He doesn’t walk her to her dorm. Wtf, Nick? Seriously? That’s when I realized that it has to be Levi for Cath. It has to be.

Cath’s and Wren’s family life is a messed up though. They’ve been through so many things together. Their mother left them when they were just kids. Then, their dad got pretty much lonely when they went away for college. Let’s also add to the pile, the fact that Wren changed and became annoying. I think the twin’s relationship with their dad is admirable. They’re all cute as messed up as their family is. Damn Laura!!!! I like the part where the twin’s reconciled and went back to their former selves.

Then, there’s the ending..gosh, it’s so beautiful. It’s very nostalgic, especially the crying part over the release of the last book in a series that you cared so much about. I don’t really want the book to end but I think that Rainbow Rowell ended it in the right way. When I finished the book, I think I teared up a bit, hugged the book, rocked back and forth, tweeted my feels, and stayed book hangover for days.

Overall, I think Fangirl is a MUST READ for every fangirl. If you are one, pick up and read this book at this moment. It’s funny and unputdownable. You will not regret it. I love how Rainbow Rowell writes. She’s basically one of the authors who I love so so much because she made me feel so much emotions. I am fangirling over her!!!

5-rating