"Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by klarakim

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Gr. 9+

336 pages

 

It’s 1986. You’re on the school bus reading Watchmen. You notice the new girl who sits next to you, the one with bright red hair and bizarre fashion sense, has begun reading over your shoulder. You turn your pages a little slower after that. Soon you’re lending her your favorite comics and you can’t wait to hear what she has to say about the X-Men because Eleanor is the funniest, most sarcastic, and smartest girl you’ve ever known and you think you might be falling in love with her.

 

 

It’s 1986. You’re the awkward new girl with a penchant for tying men’s neckties around your wrists and fixing the holes in your jeans by sewing patches of silk into them. At home you share a room with four siblings, the bathroom is in the same room as the kitchen, your stepfather is abusive to your mother and you don’t understand why she lets him. The only good thing in your life is the boy on the bus who lends you his comics and makes you mixtapes with The Smiths and Joy Division on them. Park takes you out of your miserable life and introduces you to new things to fall in love with and you’re afraid you’ll fall in love with him too.

 

 

There's two sides to this story, just like a mixtape. In this book you hear about both sides of Eleanor and Park’s relationship. It’s an authentic novel told with the sort of intensity that only comes with two precocious teenagers experiencing first love. This book is highly recommended to anyone who likes The Perks of Being A Wallflower, the graphic novel Blankets, the movie Say Anything, or songs by The Cure.

 

Image credits: pbjsandwitch, siminiblocker.

 

- Klara (read my blog here: This is the Blog that Books Built)

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