Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published, February 26th 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Wow, just wow! Talk about an emotional roller coaster. I stayed up all night reading it, I just couldn’t put it down, I just had to see what happened next. And when I finished it, I was like “Wow..”, it really left me thinking. It’s one of those books that just lingers for a while after being read. This is seriously one of my favorite books that I’ve read thus far, this year. It is without a doubt, one of the sweetest love stories. It’s not just a love story but a testament to how beautiful and special love is in a sometimes cruel and unfair world that is seemingly hellbent on keeping you down for being different.
Eleanor & Park is told from alternating points of view. I was smitten with the characters and felt like I was falling in love right with them.This gives the readers a unique perspective of their journey to falling in love. Eleanor is a very odd girl. She’s not someone who you come across often in YA. I loved how Park’s feelings developed for her. He was just too nice for his own good. Then before he knew it he was utterly in love with this odd girl. Their feelings played out so quietly at first, just nice gestures and errant thoughts. I couldn’t help but swoon.
A beautiful romance that was realistic, well put together and made my heart beat faster in the quiet moments as well as the more emotionally gut punching moments.
I highly recommend it! Can’t wait to read more from this author!
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.
When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.
She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.