Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Teen Review: Eleanor and Park

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 336
Genre: Realistic fiction
Series: No
Level: High school
Reviewed by: Farah M.

“Two misfits. One extraordinary love.”

It's 1986 and two teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but are brave and desperate enough to try. After being kicked out of her home, Eleanor has just moved back in with her family, giving her stepfather a second chance. Living under the control of a drunkard, Eleanor doesn’t have the luxuries other people at her school have. Constantly harassed at school, she finds comfort in the one person willing to offer her a seat next to him on the bus: Park. It wasn’t love at first sight; it was slow until they warmed up to each other. 'Til they found common interests and became comfortable in each other's company, took risks for each other.

Eleanor & Park had me on a rollercoaster. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to cry, scream, or laugh at the sweet banter. Real life people with real life problems, and you can’t help but feel for them (some of them) the whole time. The cover is simple yet sweet, two people brought together by one thing.

Recommended to me by many people, who did not steer me wrong. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Rainbow Rowell’s books definitely do not disappoint.

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