Rainbow Reads (Book Reviews)

Did a Rainbow Rowell marathon in the past weekends and here’s what I thought of every novel she’s written (Attachments review coming soon):

Book covers of Rowell's YA novels.
[Photo credit: http://www.eatingbender.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Rainbow-Rowell-600x300.jpg]

Fangirl
Identical twins, Cath and Wren, are Simon Snow fans. When they entered the university in spring, Wren is eager to experience the freedom her college life is offering— endless frat parties, drinking feast, and new friends. Cath, on the other hand, would not leave her room and her fascination for fan fiction. A slew of other characters that will turn Cath’s world anew enter the story: Reagan is her semi-annoying room mate, Nick is her writing partner, and Levi is the ever-smiling friend that visits her and Reagan’s room. 

While I understand that the story’s title connotes that Cath will be the main protagonist, I felt that there was not enough room to explore a bit of Wren’s story arc. The relationships between the characters particularly the twins and their parents would have been fleshed further if Wren was given at least a chapter or two. Finally, I felt there's just too much Cath and Levi flirting and Cath-whining. Meh.

In sum, I am not much of a fan. But I do love that Emergency Kanye Party. Hahaha! :D

2 out of 5.

Eleanor and Park
Eleanor is new in class. She wears dresses with patches and her bus mates thinks she’s weird. Park is Korean-American and is addicted to punk rock and comics. He thinks Eleanor is weird but he let her sit by his side, anyway. The rest of the ride develops into an endearing love story. 

The story was written similar to how movie scenes unfold— whenever there are transitions, one can imagine either an abrupt change of stories or more usually a fade-to-black. The language, similar to how usual YA novels are written, allows the readers to get to know the characters more. Each chapter was narrated by either Eleanor or Park, and Rowell succeeded in giving each character their own voice and perspective. I really like Eleanor’s lines and how each of these lines relished the feelings of first love. Park was equally loveable, especially his song choices. Hehe. More work, though, on developing the other supporting characters. Park’s mom is already a good one. 

The novel was said to be turned into movie either late this year or in 2015. I hope it would not disappoint. Anyway, I like this one better than Fangirl.

3 out of 5.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rainbow Reads (Book Reviews)

Did a Rainbow Rowell marathon in the past weekends and here’s what I thought of every novel she’s written (Attachments review coming soon):

Book covers of Rowell's YA novels.
[Photo credit: http://www.eatingbender.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Rainbow-Rowell-600x300.jpg]

Fangirl
Identical twins, Cath and Wren, are Simon Snow fans. When they entered the university in spring, Wren is eager to experience the freedom her college life is offering— endless frat parties, drinking feast, and new friends. Cath, on the other hand, would not leave her room and her fascination for fan fiction. A slew of other characters that will turn Cath’s world anew enter the story: Reagan is her semi-annoying room mate, Nick is her writing partner, and Levi is the ever-smiling friend that visits her and Reagan’s room. 

While I understand that the story’s title connotes that Cath will be the main protagonist, I felt that there was not enough room to explore a bit of Wren’s story arc. The relationships between the characters particularly the twins and their parents would have been fleshed further if Wren was given at least a chapter or two. Finally, I felt there's just too much Cath and Levi flirting and Cath-whining. Meh.

In sum, I am not much of a fan. But I do love that Emergency Kanye Party. Hahaha! :D

2 out of 5.

Eleanor and Park
Eleanor is new in class. She wears dresses with patches and her bus mates thinks she’s weird. Park is Korean-American and is addicted to punk rock and comics. He thinks Eleanor is weird but he let her sit by his side, anyway. The rest of the ride develops into an endearing love story. 

The story was written similar to how movie scenes unfold— whenever there are transitions, one can imagine either an abrupt change of stories or more usually a fade-to-black. The language, similar to how usual YA novels are written, allows the readers to get to know the characters more. Each chapter was narrated by either Eleanor or Park, and Rowell succeeded in giving each character their own voice and perspective. I really like Eleanor’s lines and how each of these lines relished the feelings of first love. Park was equally loveable, especially his song choices. Hehe. More work, though, on developing the other supporting characters. Park’s mom is already a good one. 

The novel was said to be turned into movie either late this year or in 2015. I hope it would not disappoint. Anyway, I like this one better than Fangirl.

3 out of 5.

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