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Published: April 2012
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Set over the course of
one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two
star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never
lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park,
you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you
This book, and basically every book by Rainbow Rowell, has an enormous amount of hype surrounding it. So when I picked up this book, I had some high expectations. And let me say, all of them were met! I loved this book, it was even better than I was expecting, and is now definitely one of my favourite books this year.
This first thing to love about Eleanor & Park, is how unique everything about it is. The characters are flawed both mentally and physically (meaning they arent incredibly hot with piercing eyes). Which is basically unheard of in young adult books. The plot itself was unpredictable, and complicated by real human problems. This is a love story primarily, but it is so much more than that. Also how the romance begins and develops is so genuine and different.
The author takes what is cliche, flips it around and puts it in the real world. Still managing to make it interesting and fun to read. Another thing this Rowell does really well is balancing light and dark in the book. It was both good and bad to feel depressed and also elated while reading this book.
This was such an amazing experience and such a privilege to read. I offer it to you with scarf covered wrists, singing its praises!