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This review is from: Eleanor & Park (Kindle Edition)
I'm not a big fan of romances but I absolutely loved this book. It is a love story, but not a light one.
Eleanor & Park is the story of two teens who live in Omaha and meet for the first time on the school bus, in 1986. She is the "new girl", "big and awkward, with crazy hair, bright red on top of curly...she had on a plaid shirt, a man's shirt, with half a dozen weird necklaces hanging around her neck and scarves wrapped around her wrists. She reminded Park of a scarecrow...". That is Park's first impression of Eleanor. He is a "weird Asian kid. He had green eyes. And skin the color of sunshine through honey". That's how Eleanor sees him.
They are both outsiders, but each of them in a different way. She just moved in the neighborhood to her mom and stepdad's small house, where she has to share a small room with her other four younger siblings. She is poor. Her family is not perfect...her stepfather drinks a lot and is violent towards everyone, her mother doesn't do anything about that, even though her husband beats her and treats her like a servant and her real father has a new family and doesn't really want Eleanor to be a part of it. On top of that, everyone at school labels her as an outcast the moment she steps onto the school bus. He feels like an outsider because of his Korean origin and sometimes people make racist jokes about him. Parker has some friends but he doesn't have a lot in common with them. He and his brother take taekwondo lessons because their dad loves martial arts and wants his sons to act like "real men". He loves music and comic books and after a few days those two things manage to create a powerful bond between Eleanor and Park. But their relationship has to face quite a lot of obstacles. Will they manage to overcome all the difficulties and have a happy ending? Read and find out.:)
The book was a page turner for me. I read it in two days (it took me so long because I didn't have much time for reading), I really wanted to know what was going to happen with the two characters.
The story is told from Eleanor's and Park's perspectives. I loved the main characters, they were strong and the author allowed them to stand both as individuals and as a couple. The characters evolved throughout the book; in the end they managed to find themselves and to accept the way they were.
I liked the author's writing style. The story seemed very real and all the characters were very believable. Music and comic books have a big role in this book. There are a lot of references to bands and singers from that period (The Smiths, The Beatles, Elvis Costello and many, many others). That's why I think the US cover is perfect for this book.
I recommend Eleanor & Park to everyone and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
Thanks to Netgalley.com and St. Martin's Press for sending me this e-book.
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Initial post: Apr 9, 2013 8:31:05 AM PDT
Steven Mohr says:
Hey, that was a really helpful review! It would be great if you wanted to review The Listless
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