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This review is from: Eleanor & Park (Hardcover)
After reading/inhaling Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, which I loved, I had very high expectations for the author's upcoming young adult release Eleanor & Park; and, sure enough, I was far from disappointed. Rowell has a special talent for putting realistic and seemingly ordinary characters in a new light where they can shine and grow without changing who they really are or what they stand for.
Eleanor & Park is a first love story. It takes you back to a time when you feel awkward and insecure and weighed down by the pressure to fit in. There are some underlying issues that play a role in the story, but mostly it's about love and acceptance.
I loved the title characters. They were written perfectly. Every flaw, every thought. All their likes and dislikes. The humiliations and triumphs. I was in high school all over again. Eleanor and Park are both very likable and relatable characters. They're not perfect, but they're so real. It's always refreshing to find characters who aren't the most popular or are conventionally beautiful. They got seated together on the bus on Eleanor's first day of school, and while that first "meeting" was awful, they were eventually drawn towards one another and formed a special bond. I can't give up too many details without spoiling the whole story, but there were so many scenes that I fell in love with. Comic books, mixed tapes, makeovers. I thought the contrast between their parents and home lives was substantial and gave depth to their relationship and to the characters themselves. I also loved how Eleanor/Park would see herself/himself in a certain way, but through the opposite character's eyes, she/he looked completely different/better. It reminds me of that song in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella: "Do I love you because you're beautiful? Or are you beautiful, because I love you?" I love that song, by the way.
After finishing Eleanor & Park, I am now thoroughly convinced that anything Rainbow Rowell writes will be golden. She is definitely an author whose works I will be following. Love love loved!!!
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