Posts Tagged ‘We heart YA Authors’

Eleanor & Park

October 3, 2013


Every once in awhile I come across a book that I love so much and find so universally appealing that I just can’t help but recommend it to everyone I see. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is one of those books. You might have heard of it because of the controversy surrounding it lately (and just in time for Banned Books Week, of course!). Or maybe you heard of it because of John Green’s glowing review of it in the New York Times. Either way, it’s getting tons of buzz, and for good reason.

Eleanor & Park is set in 1986 and is the story of two misfits who meet on the school bus. She gets bullied for being a bigger girl with bright red hair. He’s a kept-to-himself Asian-American who would rather read his comic books and listen to The Smiths than hang out with the cool kids. When Eleanor can’t find a seat on the bus, Park saves her from ridicule and lets her take the seat next to him. At first they don’t speak to each other, but one day Park notices Eleanor reading his comic books over his shoulder. This new found friendship grows into love over time, turning into one of the most genuine and charming YA love stories that I’ve read. I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell’s witty dialogue and realistic characters, and I guarantee that you will too.

Judging a Book by Its Cover: Eleanor and Park

April 3, 2013


TitleEleanor and Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

What’s on the cover:  On a peach background, a guy and a girl with their backs towards us.  One has long and curly red hair and the other has short black hair.  They are both wearing headphones and the cords are woven together in the middle.

What I think it’s about:  Two teens who bond through their love of music.  Probably involves some romance, based on how the headphone cords are wrapped up together.  The colors make me think it might be a lighter, fun sort of book.

Do I think I want to read it?:  The cover is pretty minimal and gives me just enough clues to be intrigued.  I like the idea that it might be about music, and I really like that it’s not a photo of a random person like SO MANY book covers I’ve seen lately.  So I think I’ll pick it up!

What the blurb says:  ”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.”

Final verdict:  Okay, so it doesn’t say anything about music, but CLEARLY music is going to play a part in the story, right?  And “star-crossed” doesn’t suggest light fun, so I might have been off the mark here.  But I still think I’ll be putting this one on my To Read pile!

What do you think about the cover?  Have you read the book, and if so, is the cover fitting?  Post your thoughts in the comments!

Harry and the Potters on Daytrotter!

June 18, 2010

sooo remember how SUPER excited I am that Harry and the Potters will be playing at 2 pm for the Eastern Branch Library Grand Opening on July 10, 2010? Well that performance won’t be the DeGeorge Brothers’ first visit to the QCA–nope, they popped into the Horseshack Studio for a Daytrotter session back in 2006!

Harry and the Potter Daytrotter SessionDon’t know what Daytrotter is? It is a crazy-heroic website where you can read interviews, see cool illustrated portraits, and download lots of great live recordings for free! Basically some cool people got together and set up a studio in Rock Island where Musicians could stop at for a few hours while touring and record whatever. neato.

Check out the Harry and the Potter session HERE!

WARNING: This Music is Graphic!

November 9, 2009

Graphic as in bar graphs, relationship mapping and venn diagrams! Yessssssss.

Wow, this is a much snazzier cover design than what appears on our library copy...

Wow, this is a much snazzier cover design than what appears on our library copy...

Sometimes when people have too much time on their hands they really produce something awesome. Example Number 1: Those extreme shepherds. Example Number 2: VENN THAT TUNE by Andrew Viner. Finally someone has realized the innate relationship between math and pop music! Don’t believe it is possible? Here’s a page from the book:

Click on the graph to see more examples from Venn that Tune!

Click on the graph to see more examples from Venn that Tune!

Total nerdy glee! I almost fainted when I saw the brilliance that is page 77 (haha, not going to tell you what is!). Chchcheck it out–and, if you are like my extremely nerdy friends, you’ll probably be inspired to make your own musical diagrams. Send them to us so we can post them on the blog and gush about how awesome you are, k?