Hello again! It is now December 1st and the Rainbow Rowell Read-a-Thon has officially begun! As part of this introductory post, we thought we might share a few excerpts from each of her novels to convince you to join! By the way, it's not too late to sign up. The sign up post can be found here or if you click the button in the sidebar.
(from page 1)
<<Jennifer to Beth>> I think I’m pregnant.
<<Beth to Jennifer>> What? Why do you think you’re pregnant?
<<Jennifer to Beth>> I had three drinks last Saturday.
<<Beth to Jennifer>> I think we need to have a little talk about the birds and the bees. That’s not exactly how it happens.
<<Jennifer to Beth>> Whenever I have too much to drink, I start to feel pregnant. I think it’s because I never drink, and it would just figure that the one time I decide to loosen up, I get pregnant. Three hours of weakness, and now I’m going to spend the rest of my life wrestling with the special needs of a fetal alcoholic.
<<Beth to Jennifer>> I don’t think they call them that.
<<Jennifer to Beth>> Its little eyes will be too far apart, and everyone will look at me in the grocery store and whisper, “Look at that horrible lush. She couldn’t part with her Zima for nine months. It’s tragic.”
<<Beth to Jennifer>> You drink Zima?
<<Jennifer to Beth>> It’s really quite refreshing.
<<Beth to Jennifer>> You’re not pregnant.
<<Jennifer to Beth>> I am.
Normally, two days before my period, my face is broken out, and I get pre-cramps cramping. But my skin is as clear as a baby’s bottom. And instead of cramps, I feel this strangeness in my womb region. Almost a presence.
<<Beth to Jennifer>> I dare you to call Ask-A-Nurse and tell them that you’ve got a presence in your womb region.
(from page 319)
"Do you believe in love at first sight?"
He made himself look at her face, at her wide-open eyes and earnest forehead. At her unbearably sweet mouth.
"I don't know," he said. "Do you believe in love before that?"
Eleanor & Park
(from page 95)
'I feel like...' He started laughing and looked away.
'What?' she asked. She elbowed him.
'I feel like we have a date,' he said. 'Is that stupid?'
'No,' she said.
'Even though we're together every day...'
'We're never really together,' she said.
'It's like we have fifty chaperones.'
'Hostile chaperones,' Eleanor whispered.
'Yeah,' Park said.
He put his pen in his pocket, then took her hand and held it to his chest for a minute.
It was the nicest thing she could imagine. It made her want to have his babies and give him both her kidneys.
'A date,' he said.
(from page 162)
Park was the only person she knew who wore his backpack actually on his shoulders, not slung over one side - and he was always holding onto the straps, like he'd just jumped out of a plane or something. It was extremely cute. Especially when he was being shy and letting his head hang forward.
She pulled the front of his bangs. 'Yeah.'
'Cool,' he said, smiling, all shiny cheeks and full lips.
Don't bite his face, Eleanor told herself. It's disturbing and needy and never happens in situation comedies or movies that end with big kisses.
'I'm sorry about yesterday,' she said.
He hung onto his straps and shrugged.
God, it was like he wanted her to eat his face clean off.
(from page 80)
"That's your twin sister?"
"Identical," Reagan said, like she had a mouth full of hair.
Cath nodded and sat down at her desk.
"Wow." Levi scooted down the bed so he was sitting across from her.
"I'm not sure what you're getting at," Cath said, "but I think it's offensive."
"How can the fact that your identical twin sister is super hot be offensive to you?"
"Because," Cath said, still too encouraged by Wren and, weirdly by Abel, and maybe even by Nick to let this get to her right now. "It makes me feel like the ugly one."
"You're not the ugly one." Levi grinned. "You're just the Clark Kent."
Cath started checking her e-mail.
"Hey, Cath," Levi said, kicking her chair. She could hear the teasing in his voice. "Will you warn me when you take off your glasses?"
Schedule for the Attachments Read-Along
December 2: Thoughts Before Reading
December 5: Mid-Way Discussion (discussing chapters 1-45)
December 9: Final Discussion (discussing chapters 46-89)
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