One of my favorite things in the world is getting completely lost in a book. For me it’s pretty rare, but I just finished a book that I can’t wait to share with you guys. It’s called Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. It’s a YA book that takes place in the 80’s. I was completely and totally swept up in the story of Eleanor and Park – two teenagers who meet on the bus one day. Eleanor is the new girl at school and a total outcast. Partly on purpose, partly because of her really terrible home life. On the first day at her new school she meets Park – a quiet Asian boy who tries hard to fly under the radar. They develop an awkward friendship which develops into much more.
There are so many reasons I became obsessed with this book. First it’s so well written. This is no run of the mill YA romance novel that seems to be everywhere nowadays. It reminded me more along the lines of something John Green would write. There were countless times the author described something so perfectly – things like feelings and emotions which I feel are hard to put into words. I also fell in love with the characters. They are real and quirky and dimensional. Their story is beautiful and breathtaking and, at times, painful. It honestly brought tears to my eyes at times. Eleanor and Park really reminded me what it’s like to be young and hopeful and in love. I was completely drawn in to their world and didn’t want to leave it.
This book has been on my to read list for awhile and I’m so glad I bumped it to the top. It’s a super quick read, and I also loved that it was told from both points of view. If I had any criticism at all, it would be that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending. Maybe it was just because I didn’t want it to end. Definitely check this one out. Or if you already have, let me know if you guys loved it as much as I did!