Eleanor & Park - YA Review by Maryn J.

Reader: Maryn J.
Age: 13
Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub Date: 02/26/13
Galley: No
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: I can't really describe this book in words. It was more emotional, something you feel and express through thoughts. Eleanor & Park was a lovely book, a sweet and touching romance that is entirely relatable. This story played a very realistic angle, which made it excellent. There was a swirl of emotions and tenderness in this book, which made it really readable. I liked that this story took place in the 80's, yet you could still relate to the characters and events in this book. It was beautifully crafted and Ms. Rowell told this story extremely well.
Memorable or Forgettable:  It was memorable for me because the romance wasn't a cliché and an over-played theme. The characters were not typical -- the male, Park, was Asian, and the female, Eleanor, was bigger and was not the skinny supermodel that can be found in most novels. The storyline made you want to reach out to the characters, characters that are relatable and not perfect, which you don't find in most books.
Cover: The cover was intriguing. It's very simple but it tells a lot about the book in just a quick, doodle-like drawing of two people listening to music. I liked the cover; it wasn't my favorite (I tend to like action shots), but it was a good one for the book.
Age Range: 14 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Welcome to the life of Park; a typically accepted teen who never quite fit in. When he meets big, clumsy Eleanor, he wouldn't have guessed that offering her half of his seat would lead into a touching, beautiful romance that they would never forget. Ever.

tags: contemporary fiction / romance / coming-of-age / historical fiction / realistic fiction /
 ya lit

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