|Read from April 22 to 23, 2013|
Published: February 26, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Page Count: 325 pages
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.
Wow. That's literally all I can say: wow. This book is a stunning and amazing in every way possible. Eleanor & Park is an absolute must-read!
And I'm not a big fan of contemporary. I find realistic fiction just a tad boring and never appeals to me. I had heard so many good things about Eleanor & Park, and I knew I had to check it out. Luckily, I loved this novel. So much so, I can officially say that it's my favorite contemporary novel. Contemporary fans, non-contemporary fans, you must read this book. It's a story of first love, first heartbreak and discovering who you are in the world. I have been pushing this book onto everybody ever since I finished it, and I don't see that stopping anytime soon.
What makes this novel so great are the characters. They're so easy to fall in love with and care for; Rainbow Rowell did a fantastic job at crafting together these characters and making them feel real and authentic. I felt so bad for Eleanor the first time she enters the book, but I also felt so many emotions with her: I loved her and her ways, I was angry at her decisions, and I wanted her to get out of her awful home-life. Eleanor was my favorite part of Eleanor & Park, but Park was great too! Park is just so nice and caring to Eleanor - they're both misfits in the world, but they go together so well.
Everything about Eleanor & Park is wonderful. I can't find a single flaw with this novel, and it's become one of my favorite books. I'm looking forward to picking up more of Rowell's novels - she's become a promising author after this book! Love!
Overall, Eleanor & Park is a wonderful and heart-warming read. I'm not even sure how to end this review without repeating over and over "this book is amazing". Absolutely and highly recommended!
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