27 September 2013

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary.
Publication: February 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Press.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK 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.

Rainbow Rowell is officially on my favourite authors list.

I read her novel Attachments last year and enjoyed it but her young adult novels are on a league of their own. I read Fangirl and Eleanor & Park pretty much back to back and couldn't get enough of them.

Eleanor's the new girl in school; she's quiet, insecure about her appearance and a little quirky. Parker's one of the cool kids but not in the stereotypical way. He's cool in a way that's believable; he's a normal teenage boy who's into comic books, music and has dated a few chicks. He's attractive but he's not a player. He has friends who can be stupid at times but they're not all bad and just like them, he judged the new girl and hoped she wouldn't come near him. I couldn't stop smiling while feeling watching these two characters fall in love.

Eleanor & Park is real and that's what I loved about it. I loved that the story wasn't instant love, I loved that the characters have their own insecurities and awkward moments and I loved getting to know what was going through Eleanor's and Park's heads because everything about them and this story was realistic and heart-warming!

Eleanor & Park is a cute, beautiful and wonderful story of teenage love and I recommend it to everyone!

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