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    Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


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    Post by Esme on Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:41 am

    First up, a book by one of my new favorite YA authors, Rainbow Rowell.

    Here's an official blurb from Amazon:   While Eleanor & Park is technically classified as YA lit and has a cutesy cover, don’t let the stigma of “books for teens” fool or deter you. It is written about teens, sure, but the themes are so universal that anyone who survived high school will relate to the lives of the two protagonists. Eleanor is the new girl in town and her wild red hair and patchwork outfits are not helping her blend in. She ends up sitting next to Park on the bus, whose tendencies towards comic books don’t jibe with the rest of his family’s love of sports. They sit in awkward silence every day until Park notices that Eleanor is reading his comics over his shoulder; he begins to slide them closer to her side of the seat and thus begins their love story. Their relationship grows gradually--making each other mixed tapes (it is 1986 after all) and discussing X-Men characters--until they both find themselves looking forward to the bus ride more than any other part of the day. Things aren’t easy: Eleanor is bullied at school and then goes home to a threatening family situation; Park’s parents do not approve of Eleanor’s awkward ways. Ultimately, though, this is a book about two people who just really, really like each other and who believe that they can overcome any obstacle standing in the way of their happiness. It’s a gem of a book. --Caley Anderson"

    Some things you might find helpful to know: it's a love story, but not one of those types of love stories. You know what I mean... there's no schmaltz. This story broke my heart, but also made it whole again.  Heart 

    Have you ever been so emotionally invested in a book that you had to put it down for a while, even though you wanted to keep reading, because you knew the BIG BAD THING  was going to happen, but you didn't want it to? That was me, and I consider myself a very experienced reader. It takes a lot for a book to get to me, but this one did. Not sure if it's the setting-- 80s.. hello, my decade! The music-- also 80s and hello, my tunes!  The unabashed love of comics and all things geeky by the characters-- hello my past self! Whatever the cause, I really connected with this book and still think about it though I finished it months ago.

    It's always risky to go total fangirl on something for others to see/read because if they don't like it, you feel like a dork. However, I'm going full fangirl on this because Rowell is a fairly new author, I like what she does, she's fought the good fight against censorship (a huge pet peeve of  mine) and she's super nice and has tweeted me back about things. I want success for her because she's amazeballs. 

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