Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: February 26, 2013
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.
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.
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
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
My Two Cents:
and Park" is a fantastic book that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone
who has been an awkward teenager. I had heard people raving and raving
about this book and it took me much too long to get to. My TBR is always
much too long and I never get to the books that I want to read very
quickly. This book was certainly worth the wait though. Picture a John
Hughes movie (oh yes, this takes place in the 1980s, which I absolutely
loved) filled with a great storyline and truly memorable characters and
this is exactly what you get with this book and it is wonderful,
Oh, high school. At least for me, it was a
time filled with a lot of fun and a ton of awkwardness. This book
reminded me a lot of my first love in high school. Instead of bonding
over comic books and moody 80s music, it was bonding over Incubus and
Adam Sandler songs on the Debate Club bus (yes, I was a pretty cool
teenager) for me. I think a lot of us will find common ground with
Eleanor and Park. In high school, most of us haven't quite found the
confidence that we find later on. Both of the main characters are going
through that process in this book. They find a lot of confidence from
each other, which is truly wonderful.
Now this book is not just a
sweet love story; there is a lot more to this book than just that. Both
Eleanor and Park's family life factor into this book. Eleanor comes
from a truly horrendous family situation. Her stepfather is absolute
scum that makes Eleanor feel really bad about herself. Her mother both
defends her and is victimized by the stepfather but chooses to stay just
because she believes their tenuous existence is better than what she
would find elsewhere. Park has a pretty good family life but feels
misunderstood by his parents who don't seem to be able to cope with the
changes that he is starting to go through.
This book was well
written. The author captures all of those little details that really
made the characters feel real. This is the first book that I have read
by Rainbow Rowell but I know it will not be the last!