Genre: contemporary (well, 1980s) YA.
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. (Goodreads)
My rating: 4.5/5.
This book is one of my 2014 favourites. I’ve had it on my bookshelf for a year, I think, and I never got around to it, but I’m really glad I did now. It’s been a month or two since I’ve finished it and I’m only writing this review now, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot, in everyday situations. It’s one of those books that gets under your skin.
This was my first Rainbow Rowell novel – I’ve been reading about her a lot and I decided to give her a try despite the fact that I don’t often read outside my preferred genres of fantasy and romance anymore, but I’m really trying to change that.
I would have given it a 5/5 rating, but I felt like the ending was somewhat vague. This is just about the only complaint I have to make about it. I’m already trying to make my husband read it. :) I only made one note when I was reading it: “It’s brutally honest and it’s scraping me raw.” (YAY for my own personal brand of vagueness!)
I think what I meant was that this is a book that makes your insides clench in the best possible way. I adored Eleanor and I adored Park, their relationship progressed just slowly enough for me to fall in love with them as they fell in love with each other.
And man, do I miss the mix tapes. Or CDs (I started high school in 2002 so we’d progressed to digital by that time). I remember making quite a few and receiving some, too. Good times.
Read this book, people. And if you liked it, you might want to check out Ketchup Clouds – the topic is totally different but it has the same punch-in-the-gut effect that I love and fear at the same time.
Have you read this novel? What was your favourite part?
How about other Rowell books? Which one do I have to read next? :)