Highlighting a book I've read this month
which has been inspiring
and brilliant, and why.
But I do try to flex my reading muscles as much as my writing ones, and decided I was (for once) going to read the book all the cool kids are shouting about: ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell. Man, am I glad I did.
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Here's the blurb, nicked from Amazon:
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.
Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mixed tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor and Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.
Why did this book stand out?
This book is set in the 80s (I'd thought the 80s were pretty much taboo in YA, so was pleasantly surprised by this... and does that technically make this historical rather than contemp?) and I loved all the era details woven into the story.
Eleanor and Park embody the awkwardness of teen misfits who are growing into their own selves. There was an innocence to both the main characters without them being overly naive, and this also appealed to me. I remember feeling the way they do at various points in their story, and it's so well done that I felt I was reliving it, not remembering it.
I actually downloaded a sample to my kindle, read a few pages, downloaded the whole book, and didn't move until I'd finished it. I was seriously that engrossed by the characters and their story (even without robots and lasers and dragons), which is why I had to make it my I, Reader book for this month.
Have you read ELEANOR & PARK yet?
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