Title: Eleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA contemporary fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffith
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
Number of pages: 325
First line: He’d stopped trying to bring her back.
When everyone is raving about a book, it is easy to think that it’s just hype, that it’s just the “in” thing to love said book, and that it probably isn’t as all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips as everyone says it is. Well, in this case, just tell that internal doubter to shut the heck up. Because Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park is everything they say it is. I don’t even feel like I can write a review, because this book was so beautiful. I’m just going to tell you a few reasons you should read it.
~ Because Park and Eleanor are anything but your typical couple. This is a love story between two normally weird and unique teenagers, not two athletically-gifted, physically beautiful Ken and Barbie A-listers.
~ For the scene where they hold hands for the first time. Because it will remind you of what that was like, the first time you held hands with someone who made hand-holding a mind-blowing event.
~ For the writing.
~ Because it will break your heart, mend it, break it again, and mend it again.
~ Because I said so.