So, I’ve been wanting to read this book for AGES. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I would wistfully eye it every time I went to the bookstore and somehow never go home with it because I would find something I wanted more badly.
Or my mom would drag me out before I spent too much money.
Anywho, this time around my khala, who is pretty amazing and was visiting with us, saw me staring at it like a sociopath, wondering whether I should get it this time or not. And next thing I know I’m holding Eleanor and Park to my chest and walking out of the shop in SUCH a good mood.
This book, makes you feel like you’re 17 again and anything is possible. I won’t put any spoilers here but briefly, it’s about a boy and a girl (obviously) who inevitably fall for each other in the way that 17 year olds do.
The boy, Park, listens to punk music and and reads comics and has a stable family but the girl, Eleanor, who’s new at his school, is very different and stands out; she has crazy red hair and wears oversized men’s clothes with strange accessories. Her family is not normal and life is hard for her. So, Park doesn’t want anything to do with her at first but they end up having to talk to each other and you can guess what happens afterwards.
It’s a really bittersweet, nostalgic sort of book and makes you want to be in love for the first time all over again. Sigh… Like you wish you had someone to lose, someone to fight for, you know? I stayed up two nights in a row and devoured this book. Some parts even gave me butterflies, they were so ADORABLE. The dialogue, the descriptions, everything about it was sooo goood. I LOVE books like Eleanor and Park and I highly recommend this book if you like to indulge in romantic stories about young love and all the emotions and struggles that come with it.
One of my favourite parts from the book;
‘He put his pen in his pocket, then took her hand and held it to his chest for a minute. It was the nicest thing she could imagine. It made her want to have his babies and give him both of her kidneys.’
Isn’t that the CUTEST thing ever?! SIGH.
Anyway check this book out and if you’re a sappy fool like me, you’ll love it.