Friday night, all five of us girls (and an added, bonus friend/fellow librarian) loaded into the car and drove out to Indianapolis to hear Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan speak at Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore. Wow. What a blast.
I (this is Jordan, by the way) haven’t read many titles by either of these authors. However, I have heard many, many good things about each of them. Over this past summer, said friend librarian recommended that I read Eleanor & Park and well, I didn’t get around to it. Then about a week ago, I stumbled across Fangirl. Oh my great goodness, was I captivated. This whole set up, the whole plot just seemed to resonate with me on a very personal level. If you’re not familiar with it, check out the blurb and the reviews. The Simon Snow obsession the English department/creative writing craziness the guys (gosh, the guys) the whole idea of trying to get used to who you are in this new world that is university and independence and living on your own Shew. I felt like I was reliving my freshman year of college while I was reading it, both in the best and worst way possible. And I loved every second of it.
So, needless to say, I was really excited to get my copy of Fangirl signed.
We had a bit of a drive and were leaving from work, in the middle of what I expected to be rush hour. I was kind of nervous that we’d get there late but (thanks to Ranee and her wonderful driving skills) we reached our destination right on time. Like I said, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, seeing as I hadn’t had much experience with either author (and honestly, still don’t). I’m happy to say that I was overly pleased with both their interaction with the audience/fans as well as their interaction with each other. David had flown in from New York JUST FOR THIS SIGNING. What a guy; and I’m telling you that’s a love for your fans, a love for writing, and a love for people in general.