Title: Eleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Released: February 26th, 2013
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 325 Pages (without acknowledgments)
Synopsis: Two Misfits
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor: Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough..........Eleanor.
Park: He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises.......Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Review: From the very first page, this book grabs you, and pulls you into the story without you even realizing what's going on.
I was absorbed by this story.
The writing was wonderful and enchanting. It was an easy read, but in a good way. It was sarcastic, smart, and just so adorable. I loved how their relationship started out slowly, and developed from there.
I think, the first word that comes up to mind when thinking of this book, is: REAL.
The characters felt real to me. Eleanor wasn't like one of those super smart, funny, sarcastic and still thin characters, that you sometimes read in YA romance novels. She was flawed, and most of the time, she wasn't very hopeful. But the thing is, a person with her past and in the situation she was at, just acts the way she does. How can someone be hopeful, if nobody ever showed her that there is actually hope?
Park in the other hand was very hopeful. He always believed in the good, because he saw the good. Park comes from a loving family, and doesn't have to worry about money. He was just so adorable.
And both characters, concidering where they came from, both acted realistic to me. They felt human.
I thought, this book was art. It was made, to make you feel something. It's one of those books, I imagine people want to write. A book that makes you laugh and happy, and then it breaks your heart and laugh again.
I really recommend this book to everyone who read "Why We Broke Up" by Daniel Handler. I think, if you liked that books, you'll like Eleanor and Park, too.