My new favorite author is Rainbow Rowell. Rainbow Rowell, former newspaper columnist turned author, writes fiction for both adults and teens. They are contemporary fiction with flawed human beings who are trying the best they can to find their way in the world, be there for their children, find love and you can’t help but care about them. You can start with any of her three books but Attachments was her debut novel in 2011, followed by Eleanor and Park and then FanGirl. A fourth book Landline comes out in 2014.
Attachments (2011) – Adult
Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail, but they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained and captivated by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart, even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him. This story is about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself; even it is someone you have never met.
Eleanor and Park – YA
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
FanGirl – YA (older teen, adult)
Feeling cast off when her best friend/twin sister outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.