Eleanor & Park

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Eleanor & Park

Even though Eleanor & Park has been blurbed by my literary young adult romantic genius Stephanie Perkins, don't set out expecting this to be the same. It's a gritty, raw, all-encompassing love story of two teens eons wiser than their years.

Red-headed stepchild (literally) Eleanor meets half-Asian and taekwondo apprentice Park on the bus one eventful day. The two begin to bond over comics and mix tapes. So begins their love story that spans a year if not more, however the reader interprets the ending. The desperate need to be near one another reminds me of my first love, as I'm sure other readers can and will relate.

This seemingly quirky story has a darker, angsty side that may leave some with a sour taste in their mouth in certain scenes, but nevertheless I was left with nothing but warm feelings for this headstrong and fierce couple. I devoured it in one evening. An excellent, excellent love story.

Book Blurb for Eleanor & Park

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.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2013 4.50