Friday Favourite: Eleanor & Park

Friday Favourites is a weekly post where I share favourite books or series of mine that I’ve previously read. Hopefully they’ll become favourites of yours too!

Eleanor & Park was a terrific novel. Rainbow Rowell is able to write beautiful and meaningful novels but still make them funny and entertaining. I loved this novel from the moment I started reading it and it only continued to impress me as I got further and further engrossed in the story of these two wonderful and unique characters.

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John Green couldn’t have said it better: “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.”

I was reluctant to read it because of all the hype over the book. I read Rowell’s Fangirl first and was very impressed so I should have known better. The 1980’s small town setting was the perfect time and place for this story of real and well-developed characters. Rowell’s story sucks you in and makes you care and root for these two misfits who seem like the whole world is against them. The ending made me wanting more (in a good way!) but I couldn’t help but feel satisfied and reassured that everything would work out for these two in the end.

Here’s a synopsis from Rowell’s website:

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.




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