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Title: Eleanor & Park
Author(s): Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 328
Published: February 26th, 2013
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.”
Honestly, I had really high expectations with this novel…Not just because everyone seems to love anything by Rowell, but also because this novel had so much hype, even today. And this is one out of the not many novels that were hyped where I was actually very, very impressed with… *bows down to Rowell*
NARRATION: 5/5 stars
Throughout this novel we have a dual perspective, one with the POV of Eleanor, and the other with Park. I have had experience with novels with alternating narrators, but I think Rowell has done it the most effectively. Having dual perspectives in general is really nice just because you learn so much more about the major characters and more tension is built up towards the climax. I personally experienced a lot of emotional changes throughout the novel because both, Eleanor and Park, had different views on events that were occurring and I thought it was so well put together. I was afraid that since there were two narrators that there would be some repetitiveness, but surprisingly there wasn’t any. And this leads me to the writing itself…
“You think that holding someone hard will bring them closer. You think that you can hold them so hard that you’ll still feel them, embossed on you, when you pull away.
Every time Eleanor pulled away from Park, she felt the gasping loss of him.”