Rainbow Rowell Author of Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Landline

Rainbow Rowell writes books.

Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline).

Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On.).

But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

- from Rainbow Rowell's website

“As far as I can tell, a young adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read.”

- Stephen Colbert

Rainbow Rowell's novels, whether the intended audience is adult or young adult, are readable and enjoyable for all ages. The protagonist of Fangirl is just as relatable as the one in Landline. Also, the protagonist of Landline's name is Georgie McCool. And I mean...c'mon. That's awesome no matter how old you are.

The thing is, even in her "adult" novels, Rowell's protagonists are struggling with relatable issues. Sure Georgie is dealing with her marriage and her job pulling her in two different directions, but that is not so different from what Eleanor, Park, Levi, or Cath are dealing with in her YA books. Like in the above fanart, Georgie is stressing about a phone call from her husband. She could just as easily be a 17 year old, waiting to hear back from the boy she likes. The situations are relatable, even when the character's age differs slightly from the reader's.

Also, Cather and Levi from Fangirl make a cameo in Landline and it was too cute for me to handle.

Rainbow Rowell has won two literary awards: Goodreads Choice Awards Best Fiction (Landline) and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fiction (Eleanor & Park). She was also nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (Carry On).

Bibliography

Young adults

  • Eleanor & Park (2013)
  • Fangirl (2013)
  • Carry On (2015)

Adults

  • Attachments (2011)
  • Landline (2014)

Short fiction

  • "Midnights", My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, ed. Stephanie Perkins (2014)
  • Kindred Spirits (World Book Day Edition) (2016)

If you want to learn more about Rainbow Rowell or order any of her books, visit her website here:

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