Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Genre: YA Fiction
Publication Date: September 1st, 2017
Format: Print
Length: 328 pages
Description from Goodreads:

Two 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.

Wow. Just wow. I knew I was a big Rainbow Rowell fan after reading Fangirl and Carry On, but she really knocks it out of the park with this one.

Rowell perfectly captures the feelings of first love, in a way that I feel is rarely expressed in books. Reading this book made me feel like a teenager falling in love for the first time. It captured the highs, lows, and all of the awkward moments of first love.

She also excellently portrayed the teenage experience, or at least, what I remember feeling as a teenager.

I also really loved the characters, Eleanor in particular. Even though my teen experience was so different from hers, I still found her so relatable and I spent most of the book just wishing I could reach through the page and give her a big hug.

I also almost cried reading this book, which I almost never do when reading these days, so that’s how you know it’s good.

I just wish there was more…

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