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Eleanor & Park

In YA Book Reviews on November 28, 2013 at 2:33 am

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 by Rainbow Rowell

YA Romance Contemporary Fiction/©2013/328 pages/Recommended for 7th Grade and above

 Publisher’s Blurb (Amazon):

“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times Book Review

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.

Awards: Eleanor & Park is the winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book; a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2013

My Thoughts:

This book was not what I expected, but yet it did not disappoint. It is well written, with great descriptive detail and authentic teen-age dialogue (bad language and all). I think Rowell is a master of character development and plot. The story is told from the perspective of both main characters, who are totally different from each other and come from very different circumstances. I really like Eleanor and Park, who are not your typical characters, but truly unique individuals. I liked how their relationship developed from beginning to end. It goes beyond being just a quirky love story when Eleanor and Park have to deal with some very grown-up issues, but a love story – and a very tender one at that – it is. This is a book you will read and want to talk about, and one you won’t soon forget.

My Rating: 5/5

You might also like: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Great Quotes from the book:

Goodreads

Other reviews:

The Page Sage

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