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Rainbow Rowell is an American author of young adult and adult contemporary novels. Her young adult novels Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On have been subjects of critical acclaim.
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Happy All the Time
Laurie Colwin - 2000-05-16 (first published in 1978)
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"Happy All the Time" is a charming novel about two childhood friends in Cambridge, both with lofty aspirations for their futures. When Guido meets Holly, he falls in love with her quirkiness despite her difficult nature. Meanwhile, Vincent meets Misty and is drawn to her aloofness. Follow their courtships, struggles, and moments of true love in this heartwarming story about finding love against all odds.
Rainbow Rowell
Shocking no one more than myself, I have recovered my ability to read and enjoy books. I post the ones I like on Instagram. The best so far has been this book, which delighted me at every level.      source
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Gwen and Art Are Not in Love
A Novel
Lex Croucher - 2023-11-28
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This queer medieval rom com YA debut explores the unlikely relationship between Arthur and Gwen, who have been betrothed since birth but despise each other. Forced to spend the summer together, they form an alliance as they both pursue their own romantic interests. With sword-fighting, found family, and romantic shenanigans, this book is sure to sweep readers off their feet.
Rainbow Rowell
I have also read this book, and it's very funny and good!      source
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All Kinds of Other
James Sie - 2021-05-04
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A nuanced and tender coming-of-age love story about two boys - one trans and one cis - who guard their hearts until their feelings for each other give them the courage to face their fears. As they start at a new school, they must decide whether to follow their hearts or lie low and avoid the spotlight.
Rainbow Rowell
Happy bookday to @SieJames and ALL KINDS OF OTHER, a 💛tender💛 love story about two boys who are both the new kid at school. One is cis and one is trans. James is a lovely, lyrical writer. Check out this book!      source
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Here the Whole Time
Vitor Martins - 2020-11-10 (first published in 2017)
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This heartwarming YA novel follows Felipe, a boy who is fat and constantly teased by his classmates, as he spends 15 days with his lifelong crush, Caio, over school break. Felipe's plans for relaxation are ruined when Caio comes to stay, and he must confront his body image insecurities head-on. With themes of self-acceptance and body positivity, this charming love story is perfect for fans of To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Dumplin'.
Rainbow Rowell
HERE THE WHOLE TIME by @vitormrtns is one of the sweetest, funniest books I've read in a long time -- with the MOST LOVABLE main character. I just think *everyone* will adore it.      source
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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
Mariko Tamaki - 2019-05-07
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Explore the ups and downs of toxic relationships and the need for healthy connections with this captivating graphic novel. Follow Freddy as she navigates her tumultuous relationship with Laura Dean, the popular yet problematic girl of her dreams. Can Freddy break free of the toxic cycle or will she lose everything, including her best friend? Join her journey of self-discovery with support from new friends and the wise words of advice columnists.
Rainbow Rowell
@amibo1012 One of my favorite books of last year.      source
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Eric Smith
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Mariko Tamaki - 2008-02-28
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A graphic novel that explores themes of suicide, depression, love, and self-acceptance among young women. Follow the story of Skim, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth who attends a private girls' school, as she navigates the aftermath of a classmate's suicide and falls in love. Written and illustrated by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, this poignant and witty novel is a must-read for anyone looking for an edgy and keenly observed glimpse into the heartache of being young.
Rainbow Rowell
This is the first book I’ve managed to read during quarantine — SKIM by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. I loved it. A heartbreaking and unflinching coming-of-age story. Also just beautiful.      source
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Tooth and Claw
Jo Walton - 2004-12-12 (first published in 2003)
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"Enter a world where dragons rule and inheritances ignite family feuds. Tooth and Claw, written by an acclaimed award-winning author, tells the story of a dragon family struggling with love, money, and abolition movements. Follow the children as they grapple with their father's death, legal battles, and sacrifices for love. But be warned, in this world, the powerful devour the weak, even their own kin. Immerse yourself in a unique world of politics, train stations, and courtship, where nothing is as it seems. An unforgettable read for fantasy lovers."
Rainbow Rowell
@ReadMeAnything1 I'm so happy to hear this. All of her books are great and very different from each other.      source
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Volume 1
Alice Oseman - 2018-10-01
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Follow the charming story of Charlie, an openly-gay, highly-strung student, and Nick, a cheerful rugby player, as they navigate their friendship and potential for something more at a British all-boys school. With relatable characters and surprising twists, Heartstopper shows that love can come from unexpected places.
Rainbow Rowell
This is an extremely good book.      source
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Record of a Spaceborn Few
Becky Chambers - 2018-07-24
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In "Record of a Spaceborn Few," follow a cast of diverse characters as they navigate life on the historic Exodus Fleet, a relic of humanity's journey through the cosmos. As the culture of the Exodans evolves and individuals grapple with the purpose of their existence, they must confront the importance of their unique way of life. Delve into this heartwarming and thrilling exploration of what it means to be a community in a vast universe.
Rainbow Rowell
This book is profoundly moving, and I recommend the Wayfarer series with my whole heart.      source
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Andreas Klinger