Eleanor & Park (Hardback)
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Short Description for Eleanor & Park Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this stunning debut tells thestory of two star-crossed misfits falling in love for the first time.
- Published: 26 February 2013
- Format: Hardback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781250012579 ISBN 10: 1250012570
- Sales rank: 591
Reviews for Eleanor & Park
- Top review
A guaranteed re-read and definite favorite
I find it that the hardest reviews to write are those for books that I loved most. It just feels that there are no words powerful enough to express how happy this novel made me. I formed a close connection to this book, and had I made a list of 2012 favorite reads, Eleanor and Park would be very high up on it. It felt personal, and it felt mine.
The story takes place in 1986, a year before I was born. I am old enough to remember making mix tapes, running out of batteries in walkmans and begging for privacy talking on the land-line phone because, well, what other options were there? 90s nostalgia aside, I highly enjoyed this novel for numerous reasons. Both Eleanor and Park are very-well rounded and multi-layered characters that you can't help but fall in love with from the word go. Since the story is told from two perspectives, we gain enough insight into their lifestyles which define who they are-Eleanor coming from a broken and unstable home, Park defined by his ethnicity. When they clash, surprise, it's not insta-love. I loved watching them slowly bonding over music, comic books and common misfit issues, and this is where the personal connections comes in. Some of the conversations between the two of them sounded like echoes of conversations that Darling and I had. I many ways Eleanor reminded me of myself, especially in her shortcomings. Just like Park does to Eleanor, my boyfriend introduced me to the awesomeness that is Watchmen (among others). So when I say that the characters were relatable, and their conversations and voices realistic, I mean it from the bottom of my heart.
The romance is not a typical love story, and there is no happy ending, just something that has to happen. My heart skipped a beat at the last page and reminded me what Eleanor and Park's story is all about-love against all odds, and finding yourself in spite of all obstacles.
Eleanor and Park was, in short, charming, witty, entertaining, emotional, a guaranteed re-read and definite favorite. by Ivanaunder review