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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Title:  Eleanor & Park

Author:  Rainbow Rowell

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Pages:  336

Genre:  Young Adult, Teen Fiction, Romance

Setting:  Omaha, Nebraska in 1986

From the publisher: 

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.

So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.

I’m not kidding, he says.

You should be, she says, we’re 16.

What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.

I love you, Park says.

Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.

I’m not kidding, he says.

You should be.

 Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this 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 under.

What did you think? I loved this book. I downloaded it and sat down and read it in one sitting. I actually barked at my kids when they tried to talk to me when I was reading it. I called my sister and made her download and read it too. She loved it, just in case you were wondering. I have also bought a hard cover copy for my eldest daughter to read.

This is my first novel by Rainbow Rowell. Her writing is…I can’t think of a word that doesn’t sound cliche. Unique, lyrical, mesmerizing. She draws you into the story and makes it impossible to put the book down. I think that she conveys what it’s like to be a teenager with spot on grace and skill. She also creates characters that are relatable, likeable, and real. I’ve read books where I’ve loved the story and atmosphere that the author creates and while I didn’t hate the characters, I didn’t really care about them either. I’ve also read books where I’ve loved the characters but hated where the author prattled on about the scenery or about minor characters or sub plots. With Eleanor & Park I enjoyed all the characters, even the ones I loved to hate, and she also took me back to the 80s and the music, style, and even the feel of an 80s house and neighborhood.

I’d recommend this book to any age 14+ despite it being a “young adult” novel. While it does have some questionable language, that shouldn’t stop you from reading it or letting your teen read it. I can’t believe that this book has actually been banned by some high schools. What a loss for them.

5 Heart Rating

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