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Rainbow Rowell

Author of Eleanor and Park

97+ Works 34,357 Members 2,194 Reviews 60 Favorited

About the Author

Rainbow Rowell's adult debut, Attachments, was published in 2011. Her other books include Landline, Eleanor and Park, and Carry On. Fangirl won the Silver Inky Award in 2015. (Bowker Author Biography)
Image credit: Author Rainbow Rowell at the 2019 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=84506213

Series

Works by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park (2012) 9,149 copies
Fangirl (2013) 7,333 copies
Carry On (2015) 5,035 copies
Landline (2014) 2,973 copies
Attachments (2011) 2,883 copies
Wayward Son (2019) 1,843 copies
Pumpkinheads (2019) 1,260 copies
Any Way the Wind Blows (2021) 1,051 copies
Kindred Spirits (2016) 471 copies
Fangirl: The Manga, Vol. 1 (2020) — Author — 324 copies
Scattered Showers: Stories (2022) 273 copies
Fangirl: The Manga, Vol. 2 (2022) — Author — 156 copies
The Prince and the Troll (2020) 123 copies
Fangirl: The Manga, Vol. 3 (2023) — Author — 62 copies
She-Hulk By Rainbow Rowell Vol. 1: Jen, Again (2022) — Author — 59 copies
She-Hulk by Rainbow Rowell Vol. 2: Jen of Hearts (2023) — Author — 32 copies
Slow Dance: A Novel (2024) 25 copies
The Simon Snow Trilogy (2021) 19 copies
Runaways (2017-) #1 (2017) — Author — 15 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #1 (2022) — Author — 10 copies
Runaways (2017-) #3 (2017) 10 copies
Runaways (2017-) #2 (2017) 8 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #3 (2022) 7 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #4 (2022) — Author — 7 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #5 (2022) — Author — 7 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #2 (2022) 7 copies
Runaways (2017-) #4 (2017) 6 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #6 (2022) — Author — 6 copies
In Waiting (2023) 6 copies
Runaways (2017-) #9 (2018) — Author — 6 copies
Runaways (2017-) #14 (2018) 6 copies
Runaways (2017-) #8 (2018) 6 copies
Runaways (2017-) #13 (2018) 6 copies
Runaways (2017-) #7 (2018) 5 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #9 (2022) 5 copies
Faraway: Fairy Tales for the Here and Now — Contributor — 5 copies
Runaways (2017-) #19 (2019) 5 copies
Runaways (2017-) #5 (2018) 5 copies
Runaways (2017-) #12 (2018) 5 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #7 (2022) 5 copies
Runaways (2017-) #10 (2018) — Author — 5 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #11 (2023) 5 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #10 (2023) 5 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #8 (2022) 5 copies
Runaways (2017-) #6 (2018) 5 copies
Runaways (2017-) #11 (2018) — Author — 4 copies
Runaways (2017-) #15 (2018) 4 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #12 (2023) 4 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #14 (2023) 4 copies
Runaways (2017-) #30 (2020) 4 copies
Runaways (2017-) #28 (2019) 4 copies
Runaways (2017-) #16 (2018) 4 copies
She-Hulk (2022-) #13 (2023) 3 copies
She-Hulk (2022-2023) #15 (2023) 3 copies
Runaways (2017-) #26 (2019) 3 copies
Runaways (2017-) #35 (2021) 3 copies
Runaways (2017-) #27 (2019) 3 copies
Runaways (2017-) #29 (2020) 3 copies
Runaways (2017-) #32 (2020) 3 copies
Runaways (2017-) #34 (2020) 3 copies
Runaways (2017-) #36 (2021) 3 copies
Runaways (2017-) #38 (2021) 3 copies
Runaways (2017-) #18 (2019) 3 copies
Runaways (2017-) #33 (2020) 2 copies
Runaways (2017-) #25 (2019) 2 copies
Runaways (2017-) #24 (2019) 2 copies
Runaways (2017-) #20 (2019) — Author — 2 copies
Runaways (2017-) #31 (2020) 2 copies
Runaways (2017-) #17 (2019) — Author — 2 copies
Runaways (2017-) #23 (2019) 2 copies
Runaways (2017-) #37 (2021) 2 copies
Runaways (2017-) #22 (2019) 1 copy
Runaways (2017-) #21 (2019) 1 copy
Wayward Son 1 copy

Associated Works

My True Love Gave to Me (2014) — Contributor — 949 copies
The Vision: The Complete Series (2018) — Introduction — 204 copies
Ms. Marvel Vol. 10: Time and Again (2019) — Writer — 150 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1973
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Places of residence
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Education
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Occupations
journalist (Omaha World Herald)

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Reviews

Growing together really lies at the heart of what makes a long-term relationship work. In Rainbow Rowell's Landline, Georgie and Neal meet while working at their campus humor magazine in college, marry when they're 23, and by the time they're in their late 30s, they have what looks like on the outside to be a cozy little setup. Georgie writes for a cheesy sitcom, and Neal is a stay-at-home dad to their two little girls. But Georgie and her long-time writing partner have dreamed of their own show for ages, and they finally get the chance to pitch it to someone who could make it happen. In order to give it their best shot, though, Georgie will need to miss the annual family trip to Nebraska to spend Christmas with Neal's parents. Her decision to do so, combined with her husband's growing dissatisfaction, puts her marriage in jeopardy.

Desperate to get ahold of her husband and with a dying cellphone, she drags out an old landline phone to connect with him. Georgie slowly comes to realize, though, that while the voice on the other end of the line is her husband, it's not him now. It's him on Christmas break their senior year in college, when he broke up with her but then suddenly showed up on her doorstep with a ring. As she remembers the early days of their love story, and the versions of themselves they used to be, she finds herself thinking about how things have changed over the years and re-evaluating what it actually is that she wants and needs from her life.

Rainbow Rowell is a writer who is constantly recommended for her sweet, compelling love stories. This one will strike a chord for many women who work and feel stuck between their home/family life and their career. Although Georgie's probably the more relatable character simply because the story's told from her perspective, I really appreciated that both she and Neal are painted in shades of grey. She's not demonized for wanting to be successful in her chosen field, but neither is he for feeling neglected and put-upon. The characters Rowell builds feel real, and so do the situations she puts them in. And, crucial in a book about being on the phone, she's got a great knack for dialogue.

Now on to the less good. Landline was Rowell's first adult novel (most of her work falls into YA), and I'd heard it was not one of her stronger efforts. I'm glad I had that warning ahead of time, because while I thought there were a lot of flaws here I wasn't crushingly disappointed. In order to really buy into the book, you have to be emotionally invested in Georgie and Neal's love story, and I just wasn't. I didn't understand what brought them together in the first place, much less what kept them together. And the tone of the whole thing just felt wonky. On the one hand, Rowell clearly wanted to write something light-hearted and charming, with quirky side characters all over the place to keep the mood up (her mom breeds pugs AND has a much younger husband! And her younger daughter insists on being called Noomi instead of Naomi AND talks like a cat!). But on the other, she's trying to write something heartfelt about the challenges of making sure you and your spouse/partner are growing together and not apart, and the stresses of trying to keep your family happy and achieve your professional goals. That's a much more serious book, and in trying to toe the line between them it fails more often than it succeeds. But I liked the quality of her writing, and while I ultimately wasn't wow-ed by this book, I'm definitely interested in reading her YA.
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ghneumann | 220 other reviews | Jun 14, 2024 |
In a stressful moment, this very sweet YA novel about a girl in her first year of college struggling with social anxiety as she writes slash fanfic about her favorite series (centered on a boy wizard fighting evil) and finding first love went down very smooth. I’d not loved my first try at Rowell but found this one very enjoyable indeed.
 
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ghneumann | 482 other reviews | Jun 14, 2024 |
This is the perfect graphic novel for anyone who loves all things fall. The story is cute and light; mixed with a little bit of apprehension as the two main characters sort out their feelings about going away to college and themselves and each other.
 
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jenkies720 | 99 other reviews | Jun 7, 2024 |
3.75 Stars. I enjoyed this book, but I didn't resonate with it as a fangirl the way I had hoped I would. I also felt frustrated that Rowell did not seem strongly committed to any of the subplots except the romantic one. I don't know if it just became too unwieldy to manage them all well or if she was trying to portray the way in which problems in real life often do not follow a smooth, timely progression to resolution. Either way, the end result of the way she managed them left me wanting more from her (e.g. information, consistency, resolution). Ultimately, I think this is a pretty good book, but it is missing something crucial I can't quite pinpoint that would have made it a great one.… (more)
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AngelReadsThings | 482 other reviews | Jun 5, 2024 |

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Works
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Members
34,357
Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Languages
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Favorited
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