Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK 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.
This book...I have no words even after waiting a week to try to come up with a brilliant review that will match the book itself. But no, I don't see that happening. I'm also in a huge reading rut after finishing it, if that will convince you to read it.
We have our two characters, Eleanor and Park. Both a bit weird and different, but overall, pretty normal. Eleanor was hilarious to put it simply. I smiled and laughed out loud alot. Her witty comments and just her plain difference just really related out to me. And I swear to you, that I did not once want to smack her. That is how awesome she was. I almost always want to smack a character.
Park was...I almost don't what to say about him. He was sweet( not at first). Funny when he wanted to be. But, I think the thing that stood out to the most was that he was the perfect match for Eleanor. They were completely different, and yet,...perfect for each other.
However, it's not all about the characters( well, not fully). What was so completely incredible about this book was the romance. Just...gosh. Everything about it made me want a romance like it, because it was sweet and real and full of love. Made me laugh and cry and want and wish. It made me feel.
I have to give credit to the writing too. Rowell has the writing to make me feel. Her writing actually has nothing especially different about it, just that it is simple. And yet, it contains so much truthfulness about it that it makes me feel everything...every raw emotion.
Obviously, this book was awesome. You must read it. Now. Okay, whenever you can get your hands on it. Then read.