July 9, 2014
Eleanor & Park
"Nothing before you counts. And I can't even imagine an after." ~ pg. 184
I know a book has touched me when it takes weeks to sort through my thoughts and write a coherent review. Bookheart Vern and I buddy-read Eleanor & Park late last month after a recommendation from another bookheart Heather. I am still googly-eyed at the love story. STILL.
This is the love story of two misfits. Eleanor is a redhead that is often teased by classmates. Park is a 16-year-old kid that reads comics books and has good taste in music. Neither teen is popular but over the course of a school year, they form a bond. Reading, laughing, talking, listening and helping each other through young life. They really were the best thing to ever happen to each other.
Eleanor & Park is so touching. It will remind you of first love. It will make you stay up hours reading. The two characters will occupy your mind long after the last words are read. In fact, I wanted to re-read the book immediately after finishing. Again, it has been a couple weeks and I am still thinking about them.
"She'd never expected to have a love scene straight out of a Judy Blume book." ~ pg. 214
Some compare Eleanor & Park to The Fault in Our Stars far as star-crossed teens in love. While I don't think Eleanor & Park is better than TFiOS, it is a very close second. (Speaking of second, I need a sequel, Rainbow!)
Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: February 2013