Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday Book Recommendation: Eleanor & Park

 My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Description:
"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 sixteen."
"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, 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.

My thoughts:

Ahem, sorry for the shouting, but I'm not quite sure how to put my love for this book into words.

This story is quirky in all the best ways, the story somehow simple and yet complex all at once. At its core, it's a story of first love, but as you read, you realize it's about so much more~about belonging, and abuse, and stereotypes, and self many things we can all relate to. And yet, there's also this simpleness that's woven throughout, this love that is found with the light touch of a hand or a kind word.

I fell HARD for these two misfits. And I loved every single minute of getting to know them. I cannot recommend this book enough.

Please note: this book does contain some language throughout, but to me, it was organic to the story and necessary. It felt real to the characters, not excessive. Just FYI. :)

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