Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this 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.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Number of Pages: 320
Reviewed by Amanda, age 17
Eleanor and Park was a fresh twist on a contemporary novel set back in 1986. If you like music and the retro feel of the 80's, this book would be perfect for you. Once again, like the last few books I've reviewed, it wasn't insta-love and that part in itself helped make this book great. I really enjoyed the building of this story, starting from the beginning of their blooming attraction, when they both thought of each other when they sat together on the school bus for the first time.
The alternating points of view is a characteristic that I've really come to like a lot in books. Getting to see the different perspectives of the two enhanced the novel because I got to see more of their emotions, their sweet and comical thoughts, and their love grow from both of them. They each took their time growing their romance into something strong and heated, but in a subtle, 'real' way.
I could ramble on and on, but the moral of this review is that anyone who reads this should prepare to get hooked. The feels in this book are amazing and I found myslf rooting for this couple to work out the whole time, to make their unique love work. The way that Rowell put so much emotion into this book made it truly relatable in some way, and in every way. Like it says on the cover, I think Eleanor and Park's romance will make people think back to their first love and how addicting it was.Seriously though...EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS. That is, if you like books that make you say "awww" and want to just squeal with happiness. (And who doesn't like that?) I'd highly recommend this book.
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Happy reading! Amanda, age 17