I’ve thought long and hard about what your assignment was going to be. At first I thought I would assign you a series that I’ve recommended to you. I know over the years I have given you books that you haven’t read or finished but I’ve sort of lost track of what you have read and what you haven’t. So then I thought maybe I would assign you to a new series I have read that you would like but I wanted to assign you a series that has been completed. Which narrows things down quite a bit. I’ve gone all over the pros and cons of each series and couldn’t come up with a clear favorite. So, then I thought maybe I would assign you to finish a series that I know you haven’t finished like the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare but I think it’s only the last book in both of those series left for you to read and that’s not enough for summer. Plus, that might be kind of mean, since I know why you haven’t finished the Mortal Instruments and I respect your decision not to. It wouldn’t be right for me to force you to do so that idea was brushed aside. Then I got a brilliant idea, thanks to twitter. Well, a tweet from Rainbow Rowell. Now, I don’t actually remember what she actually said or what it was about but she is usually thoughtful and clever. It made me think, have you read any of her books? I didn’t think so and well that needs to be corrected.
So, Kate your Pop Culture Homework Assignment is to read all four of her books in order of them being published (if possible). All of her books are standalone with the only thing common with all of them is the state of Nebraska. What I like about them is that even though they are in the most romances, they never feature your classic beauties. All her leads are curvy, tall, have big foreheads and such. They are very much set in reality with characters who are dealing with the same issues as you and I that they seem so real and well, since most take place in the Nebraska there are a lot of Midwestern humor that only those of us who grew up here could really appreciate. You’ll start with Attachments and get to know Lincoln and Beth (what a lovely name!) then go on to Eleanor and Park and probably cry over both of them and then laugh and cry with Levi and Cath in Fangirl and then end your summer with Landline with Georgie and Neal. I know you will love all of them and I can’t wait to read and hear all your observations.
There you go, get to work.