Monday, October 21, 2013

Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Last year I reviewed (and raved over) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - an adult contemporary with a bit of romance to it.  Having loved Attachments, I added Rowell's YA debut, Eleanor & Park as soon as it came out, but I didn't read it until it went on sale for Nook.  I couldn't resist the opportunity, despite the fact that the hype around the book had somewhat dampened my enthusiasm.  I'm so glad I snatched it up though, because it is amazing.  Here's the publisher's description:
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.
So impressed!  You'll definitely be seeing this one my list of top YA fiction this year - and honestly, I'd categorize it in the top books I've read so far overall.  It's fantastic.  Don't let the fact that it's a YA contemporary romance scare you off.  It's got so much depth and personality beyond the love story (although I cannot deny that I found myself swooning repeatedly as I read).

I do feel like I should point out that a few anachronisms exist in the story, but you have to be really really really familiar with pop 80's culture to find them.  I would never had caught them had they not been pointed out to me, and I honestly can't even remember what they were now.  It didn't at all affect my love for the book.

Entertainment Value
Even better than the writing, which was great.  I can't rave about this book enough.  I fell in love with Eleanor especially, but Park was wonderful too and their families were both so deep and believable.  You really and truly must read it.  Plus, you know, all the swooning.

Obviously I have it on my nook now, but I'll also be buying a print copy because it is just that good.  I need to be able to lend it to people.  And by lend I mean thrust into their hands and force their eyes to look at the pages.  Get it and read it!


  1. I loved this one! And I read Fangirl and loved it EVEN MORE! I am reading Attachments now...and then I will be sad until Landline comes out. I am so glad I picked this up during the Nook sale as well!

  2. Loved this book. I wasn't sure I would at first but I totally fell in love with it. I adore Park and was rooting so much for Eleanor.