Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Synopsis:

Two misfits.
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.

Review:

Emotions are all over the place in this beautiful, heartbreaking story. We laugh, cry, cheer and shake our heads in reaction to the way these words are penned.

Eleanor & Park is an absolutely breathtaking story that highlights one extreme to another. The statement of opposites attracting is evident in our two main characters as they strike up an unlikely relationship. I cannot begin to describe how much I fell in love with Eleanor and Park and their story. It’s told, often in one sentence snippets, with such a powerful passion that its hard to put down.

It is not a “dirty” book, however not clean either. The cursing is incredibly high, with pretty much every word you can think of (multiple times), and the sexual references/comments are also very present. There are no “sex scenes”, though a couple that come very close with many details of feelings and observations that are the result of  the many passionate and detailed kisses. Abuse, drinking, smoking, drugs, and some suicidal thoughts are also mentioned but on a much lesser scale than the previously mentioned.

Eleanor & Park have a story that will undoubtedly be remembered, and it would have received a full five stars from me based on that alone, however I am deducting one star because of the negative content. Therefore the final rating is 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for readers 16+.

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