Audie Award Finalist, Teens, 2014
Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.
Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this 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.
©2013 Rainbow Rowell (P)2013 Listening Library
Love the classics and good mysteries.
It is enjoyable but the ending is disappointing. Eleanor acts like she is 30 years old, not 17.
I would have loved this book a lot more if Eleanor's character wasn't so much the generic young adult romance girl. It's lovely that she's so unique but I'm getting really tired of this whole "oh I don't wear makeup cause it's a lie/all I want are books and I love the smiths" persona. I think there were so many things that were interesting about park and Eleanor's characters, but some of their characteristics, particularly the female, as always, are just so comically overused.
All of that aside, I thought the story of her family was so tragic and beautifully written, and despite my annoyance at some of Eleanor's characteristics I would probably read a sequel if it ever came out.
I was drawn to the story and constantly wanted to read more. Eleanor's life story is heart wrenching and seeing her fall in love with park is fantastic. But the ending was just anticlimactic.
Such a beautiful, touching book. I laughed (a lot), I cried (a lot). Perfect for anyone born in or around 1986 as it takes place then and brings you back to the good old days of mixed cassettes and Morrissey. It reminds you of how simple and all-encompassing first love can be.
The narrator switched seamlessly between the two characters and brought nuances to his voice that helped me to really see and feel them. The writing, which lets the reader/listener see the reality of both character's experiences, has a strong conversational tone. Descriptions, words, and actions of the minor characters was inspired and brought clarity to the growth of Eleanor and Park.
Park - he was struggling to be true to himself in a time of life that can be daunting for many teens. Having had a teenage son, his voice was authentic.
When Eleanor hides in the RV and because of being disregarded by almost everyone in her life, she expects/fears that Park will do the same.
A book for teens and parents alike.
I loved this book soo much, the only thing that I hate is the ending. I love the conflicts and the tone in the readers voices, this book couldn't be better.
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