Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publish Date: February 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
Synopsis:This book was awesome.
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.
The end. Review finished. Just know it was amazingly good and all I talked about while I was reading it. You don’t need to know anymore.
No seriously, this was one of those books that I just wanted to crawl inside of and roll around in for DAYS. I didn’t want it to end because it felt like I was losing two amazing friends, Eleanor and Park (and their respective families). They felt like they’d become part of my life. I switched from reading it to listening to the audiobook because I knew it would last longer. And like a cigarette addict trying to break the habit, I had to wean myself off of it a little at a time. When I knew I only had two hours of the audiobook CDs left, I limited myself to 30 minutes a day. Just to make it last longer. It was that good.
But if I tell you what it’s about- a poor self conscious red headed girl falls in love with an Asian kid in the Flats of Nebraska in the 1980s- you’re not really going to want to go pick it up are you? No. You’re not. I know. Because that’s the reason it got stuck on the bottom of my To Be Read pile. It didn’t sound interesting. So don’t read descriptions of plot.
Read reviews that tell you how awesome it is. How real (but better than real life) the characters are. How the dialogue is witty and funny and heartbreaking at the same time. How Rainbow Rowell describes what it feels like to self-consciously and awkwardly fall in love for the first time.
She’s able to put words to all those embarrassing times in your life that you replay in your brain, inwardly dying of embarrassment, but in a totally non-dorky way. She can make something like standing in your gym suit (THANK GOODNESS I NEVER HAD TO WEAR GYMSUITS!!!) outside of the school in front of your new boyfriend an experience you can survive without dying of embarrassment.
I want Rainbow Rowell to rewrite the entire catalog of embarrassing high school memories I have in my head. And make them magical, and full of discovery, and tender, and lovely, and…..everything. The everything that Eleanor and Park is.
Because it is ALL THE FEELS.
Do I say it??? I know it’s YA blasphemy…but…I liked it EVEN MORE THAN The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Seriously.
I won’t say anymore because I want you to discover it all yourself. Just go. And know that the book and audiobook are equally good. Go read. NOW!