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Rainbow Rowell

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Full Name: Rainbow Rowell
Born: February 24, 1973
Nebraska, USA
Occupation: Writer, Copywriter
Nationality: American


Rainbow Rowell is an American author of young adult and adult contemporary novels. Her young adult novels Eleanor & Park and Fangirl both received a great deal of critical acclaim in 2013.

Rowell was a columnist and ad copywriter at the Omaha World-Herald from 1995 to 2012.

After leaving the Omaha World Herald, Rowell began working for an ad agency and writing what would become her first published novel, Attachments, as a pastime. Rowell had a baby during this period and stopped working on the manuscript for two years. The novel, a contemporary romantic comedy about a company's IT guy who falls in love with a woman whose email he has been monitoring, was published in 2011. Kirkus Reviews listed it as one of the outstanding debuts that year.

In 2011, Rowell completed the first draft of her young adult novel Fangirl for National Novel Writing Month. It was chosen as the inaugural selection for Tumblr's reblog book club.

In 2013, Rowell published Fangirl and Eleanor & Park, another young adult novel. Both were named by The New York Times as among the best young adult fiction of the year. Eleanor & Park was also chosen by Amazon as one of the 10 best books of 2013, and as Goodreads' best young adult fiction of the year. DreamWorks and Carla Hacken are planning a movie based on the novel, for which Rowell has been asked to write the screenplay.

Rowell's work gained some negative attention in 2013 when a parents' group at a Minnesota high school challenged Eleanor & Park and Rowell was disinvited to a library event; a panel ultimately determined that the book could stay on library shelves. Rowell noted in an interview that the material that these parents were calling "profane" was what many kids in difficult situations realistically had to deal with, and that "when these people call Eleanor & Park an obscene story, I feel like they're saying that rising above your situation isn't possible."

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 Simon Snow

 1. (2015)
 2. (2019)
 3. (2021)