Eleanor & Park
By Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Realistic Fiction (YA novel)
Reading Level: Not difficult
Similar Authors: John Green, David Levithan, Maureen Johnson
“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.” (Goodreads)
Ahh, Eleanor & Park… a truly great coming-of-age, first love kind of story. This is one of those magical books that makes
you passionate about reading and writing. – something that seems to always happen to me after reading one of Rainbow Rowell’s books.
Possibly the thing I like most about the novel is how human all the characters are – they aren’t perfect, they aren’t the most attractive, they aren’t the most popular, but this just makes the whole story better. Or, at the very least, more relatable.
Another trend, I’ve noticed, with Rowell is that she prefers to have characters with imperfections and flaws, which is probably the best kind of characters.
Park really stood out for me as a character because of his whole inner-conflict going on throughout the novel… I won’t talk about it too much, I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who haven’t read it, but those of you who have read it probably now what I’m talking about.
The fact that it takes place in 1986 also adds to its charm.
This novel was beautifully written, as well, and if I have to compare Fangirl to Eleanor & Park, I’d have to say that I like Fangirl more, but as a piece of literature, Eleanor & Park is better.
Anyway, I have to say that this is really a great novel, and people of all ages should definitely take the time to read it.