Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"Nothing before you counts. And I can't even imagine an after."

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
"Mondays were the best"
I just finished reading Eleanor & Park (2013) by Fangirl author Rainbow Rowell. The book was a Christmas present from my Mom (thanks, Mom!), but I hadn't got around to it yet. How I stumbled upon Rowell's YA tearjerker? Simple: a Google search for "If you like John Green you might like" showed me that, just like The Book Thief and Thirteen Reasons Why, Eleanor & Park would scratch my Nerdfighter itch. 

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The skinny

Eleanor is a 16-year-old misfit and so is Park. Over the course of one school year, they fall in love over comic books and mix tapes on their school bus. With domestic abuse, child abuse, racism and bullying serving as an ever-present backdrop, their quirky, nerdy romance unfolds, and it will hit you right in the feels.

The review

It's not fair.

I wanted this book to last forever, but it abruptly ended on me.

Eleanor & Park will tear your heart out, not unlike your first love. The touching tale of Rowell's protagonists will warm your heart, break it, make you smile, make you cry, build your hopes, sledgehammer them, and do it all over again. The writing is beautiful, the story and romance are sweet, and you won't find many books that do the bittersweetness of first love justice quote like Eleanor & Park does. Seriously, go read this!

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