Review: Eleanor & Park

eleanor-and-parkTwo misfits.
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.” – Goodreads

Oh. My. God. I think my heart just exploded.

Allow me to explain. I’ve never been a real fan of YA books – that is, I’ve never really given them a chance. Yes, yes, I read TFIOS and it was wonderful and fabulous but that’s about as far as I’d ever gone into the genre. When I signed on recently to join the #EstellaProject, I chose Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell as one of the books I would read and review, thinking I would give YA another chance. And y’all – y’all. Oh. My. God.

It’s 1986. Park – quiet, kind, half-Korean Park, floats on the outside edge of the in-crowd, keeping mostly silent as he reads his comic books on the bus ride to school. Eleanor – plus-size, outcast, new-girl Eleanor, finds solace sitting next to Park on a bus full of hostile bullies. Slowly a bond forms and before you know it, young love is in the air. But it’s so much more than what I just described. There is no way to put into words the magical journey of Park and Eleanor’s relationship. Absolutely magical. I swear  it.

Eleanor & Park is at once adorable and intense, with equal parts humor and heartache mixed in. Your heart will swell as you race through page after page, devouring the mushy-gushy goodness of teen angst and love. Those of you old enough to remember 1986 will be transported back to a time of innocence and fun, of sweetness and heartache. Go. Now. Run, don’t walk, to your local library or bookstore. You want to read Eleanor & Park today.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Buy it, read it, ADORE it.

5 stars

Source: Personal Library

**Note: I read and reviewed Eleanor & Park as part of The #EstellaProject.



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4 thoughts on “Review: Eleanor & Park

  1. Katherine Nabity says:

    That was pretty much my experience of Eleanor & Park as well. I don’t read much YA. I’m generally not that interested in young characters. But, wow, this book. This. Book.

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