Friday, October 26, 2012

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Good Rreads Summary
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

"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 sixteen."
"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, 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.


My Thoughts
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

A Sweet story.
Of Sad kids, (one sadder than the other.)
They Grow on each other.
And they know what they lack.
Except it’s what the other lacks that the other one loves..
But I’m torn over them seeing the same things in a different way…
Because they see themselves and each other slightly differently too.

While it took me forever to get through P and E, said fact is not because of the book. If anything the bits I managed to sneak over the course of three days have kept my head from exploding simply because it is a sweet story; true, even if moments got sad then sadder still.

So, this is a sweet sad story of a girl who doesn’t have enough and a boy gliding just under the radar. At first glance they’ve so little in common, but then you see that thread that links them is of both not seeing things for what they’ really are. Now, consider that it's set in '86. This is basically immaterial, save those moments of bonding over music and superheroes, their story could have been set in any other time with its focus on two kids who grow on each other then become so much more for each other. So, I enjoyed:

Her sarcasm and over all meanness because it’s so obviously a defense
Even his being clueless because sometimes there are things that just go unsaid. But most of all that slow development between the two:

How there’s initial judgment coupled with an inexplicable fascination on both their parts. Then stilted conversation that grows more natural over time. And then the first time they hold hands how they’re both giddy/terrified. Like doing that one thing has opened so many other possibilities. Then progression from that because nothing’s over in a blink and they’re always asking OK? because they’re not sure about where things stand but are getting there.

Thank you Net Galley!



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