Tuesday, October 8, 2013

8: True Love Tuesday - Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park.  

These sweet misfits both did a number on my heart.  

a cover as perfect as the novel itself

As a child of the seventies and eighties, Eleanor & Park hit a nostalgic note for me.  Set in 1986, it's a beautiful masterpiece of awkwardness, mix tapes and young love.  A red-headed girl dubbed "Big Red" and a Korean boy who feels like an outsider in his own family, the characters are so real that their pain literally hurts and their sweetness made my stomach dip.  Much of their relationship takes place in silent hesitancy while Eleanor's home life casts a dark shadow of urgency over their fragile connection.  It reminded me that you never know what someone goes home to...  That awkward girl on the bus that everyone snickers at might be more brave than you'll ever know.

I love this John Green quote:
Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like 
to be young and in love with a girl, but also 
what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”
—John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Any other Eleanor & Park fans out there?
If you're already a fan of the book, you may enjoy Rainbow Rowell's E&P playlist {here}.

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Wild Card Wednesday - Jellicoe Road

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read the series from the beginning:


  1. Yes! I just finished this one a couple of weeks ago, it was beautiful! Have you read any of Rainbow Rowell's other books? I'm interested, but maybe after some space and time from E & P.

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