Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Released: February 26, 2013
Source: my personal library

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.

I had read so many positive reviews of Eleanor & Park that I decided to take a chance and buy this one. I normally do not enjoy love stories… at all. I tend to find them boring, and I cringe at the clichés that seem to be inevitable. But these two characters! I just loved them.

I didn’t expect Eleanor to be such a tragic figure. I didn’t expect Park to be this quiet, sweet boy who found clever ways to be kind without inciting ridicule from others. Everything about their relationship is so sweet and honest and anything but contrived, I didn’t roll my eyes – not even once.

And talk about flashing back to being a kid in the 1980’s. Comic books. Skinny Puppy. “Gene Wilder in the chocolate factory.” Walkmans. Mix tapes.

Eleanor & Park is a great story. Rainbow Rowell has perfectly captured the thrill (and the awkwardness) of first love. Thoroughly enjoyed this!