Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

Mar 28

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

In a word? Lovely.
I could not put this lightning-fast read by Rainbow Rowell down for one second. If you don’t fall in love with this sweet story of young love, you may simply have no soul.
The backdrop of this story is a school bus in the 1980s. Mixed tapes, comic books, and funky clothing choices abound. Eleanor is a broken teen, thanks to some super crappy parenting and low self-esteem. “Where her mother was finely drawn, Eleanor was smudged.”
Luckily, Park sees her through different eyes. Park is half Korean, highly intelligent, and way cooler than you or me. I maybe fell a little bit in love with his earnestness and his unconditional feelings for Eleanor.
The repartee is witty and juvenile. The courtship is innocent yet fueled by passion. The soundtrack is pure 80s underground. I had a multitude of flashbacks; doodling band names on notebooks was apparently something that everyone did back in the day.

If you have ever felt like an outsider (haven’t we all at some point?) and you finally came across the rare soul that “gets” you, you will embrace this story with all of your awkward heart.

Bonus points for the “Betty” reference early in the book. My friends and I still call each other that to this day.



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