Title: Eleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: April 12, 2012
Genres: YA Contemporary, Romance
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.
This book emotionally crushed me. The connection between Eleanor and Park is something that I have always dreamed of. Park is an awkward, half-asian teenager that never feels like he belongs. Eleanor is a troubled teen that just wants to be normal (her wild red hair doesn’t make it any better). This story is set in the 80s, when Walkman’s were iPods and the Smiths were the greatest alternative band (okay I’ll admit, I’m a bit biased). This books tells how awkward relationships can be, but how great one can be when two people are in love.
I follow Rainbow Rowell on twitter, and if I remember correctly, Eleanor and Park will be a movie. Rowell made it very clear that the actors portraying the leads will not be well-known. I personally think this is good. Since this will the actors first major film they have nothing to be compared to. For example, Shailleen Woodly will always be compared to her TFIOS or Divergent role.
I would strongly recommend this book. Rainbow Rowell does a great job really connecting and writing to teenagers. I know Olivia did not enjoy this book (but don’t let that get in the way). If any of you read this book, please tell me what you think…I put this on my re-read challenge because I would not mind letting those three words haunt me again (oh I really hope some of you got that reference) I give this: