Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – YA Book Review
Not only is this one of those books to totally lose yourself in, it will haunt your thoughts long after you reluctantly come to the end. This beautifully written love story, that tells as much between the lines as it does in the words, is set in the eighties – the time of mixed tapes and the best music…
Eleanor and Park are two misfit characters, (Yes! My favourite kind) who I totally identified with and couldn’t help rooting for from the very beginning…. “He’d stopped trying to bring her back. She only came back when she felt like it, in dreams and lies and broken down déjà vu…”
Recommended age: 14+
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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. — Extract from Goodreads.com