"Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book."-John Green, The New York Times Book Review
Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I'm not kidding, he says. You should be, she says, we're 16. What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead. I love you, Park says. Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. I'm not kidding, he says. You should be.
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.
Oh my gosh! I have been hearing about this book for a while now. Recently I found it on BookBub for $1.99. It has been on my reading list so I hurriedly went off and downloaded it. I knew it would be a quick read. Well quick, for me. Which means less than a week. Probably a fast reader could read it in a day!
This book is written by Rainbow Rowell. I love saying her name. I think it is her first novel. I haven't checked that fact to be sure. But I think it is. And what a first novel. WOW!
I love both Eleanor and Park. What a love story. So tragic! Park is half-Korean and Eleanor is the new girl at school. She is big, red-headed and dresses weird. Just the kind of girl high school kids will make fun of. Bully! And this happens to Eleanor. But Park falls in love with her anyway. The real tragic part of the story, though, is not about bullying. It is about what is going on in Eleanor's home. A mean, nasty step-father. Lots of kids all crammed into one bedroom and a spineless, tormented mom. The book is about first love. Young love. And how a half-Asian boy saves a quirky girl.
This book is given 5 stars. ***** It deserves even more. But 5 is the most I give.