Publication Date: 26 Feb 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: paperback (ARC)
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: He’d stopped trying to bring her back.
I first heard about Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowel months before it was due to be released in the US from a friend who was dying for a copy and couldn’t wait for it. I was headed over to England where it was out and so I offered to bring her back a copy. Then later on I received a copy for review and yet I found that I couldn’t start it. All I had heard about Eleanor & Park was how good it was and usually every time I hear that about a book I am horribly disappointed and feel like I was mislead somehow. Yet, I was still curious about this story and I finally allowed myself to be persuaded to read it on my way to Frankfurt recently for business.
Once I started Eleanor & Park I couldn’t put it down. I was so grateful that I had several hours of uninterrupted reading time on my flight so I didn’t have to. I was also glad that the people around me slept on the flight over so that they didn’t see my smirks of laughter or the tears in my eyes as I flipped through the pages of this story. I really find it hard to put into words just how much I loved this story. I loved the setting and all the characters….oh how my heart broke during some scenes. But it didn’t just break, Eleanor & Park contained some of the best heart achy moments that I’ve felt in a good long while.
I loved how this one was told from the POVs of both Eleanor and Park. I loved seeing inside both of their heads and their lives and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see where events would go next. When I did reach the end of the book I was filled with this deep sadness as I wasn’t ready to leave this world. There is still so much more that I want to know about these characters. I want to know every minute detail of what happens next and yet at the same time it was a very well done and beautiful ending.
Eleanor & Park, simply put, is an epic book of awesome and I public apologies to all those who I doubted when they told me to drop everything and read it. I am ashamed of my doubts because this story lives up to all of their praise and more. This is by far one of the best books that I’ve read all year and its just the beginning of my love affair with Rainbow Rowell’s writing. This author could publish a book on grocery lists and I think I would read and love it. If you haven’t read this book yet then you are seriously missing out. Trust this doubting soul and learn from me, Eleanor & Park is a must read will appeal to teens and adults alike. If this book doesn’t break your heart and give you the warm fuzzies then you don’t have a soul.*
*I jest…not really…yes yes…I do 😉