I just want to break this book into a hundred pieces, and love them all to death…

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HOW HAS IT TAKEN ME THIS LONG TO READ THIS BOOK…?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

It’s been over 24 hours since I have finished Eleanor & Park and I am still thinking about it, still mind-quoting lines, still smiling and chuckling at jokes that made me literally laugh out loud, even in a room full of people, and then saying over and over again – this book is just so amazing!

Eleanor & Park has been on my “List” for quite a while now, since it was released actually. And it’s not that I didn’t want to read it, it’s just that others kept budding in line, pushing it further back down the “List”. And, as you have probably guessed, my “List” is pretty long. Massive would be an understatement. But when my friend said she was reading it, I decided that as soon as I was done my current read, (yes, another YA novel…I’m on kinda a kick right now) it was time. Time to jump head-first into Eleanor and Park’s world, set in Omaha, Nebraska in 1986 (The perfect era for any story to take place).

Eleanor and Park are two misfit teenagers who meet on the bus. They share common interests, musical preferences, a sense of humour and views of the world. They just don’t know it yet. They would have to actually talk for that to happen. Which is no easy task when the rest of the world is already against them, before they’ve even begun. 

I don’t think I can put into worlds just how much I loved this book. I really didn’t know what to expect when I opened the cover. All my friend told me was “it’s very sweet and very sad”. That statement does not even begin to describe the emotions that came rolling through as I made my way, quickly, through Eleanor and Park’s tale. I could not stop reading, flipping the pages to see what happened next. 

Rainbow Rowell has gained a new fan. And the rest of her novels, that were behind Eleanor & Park on the “List” have been bumped right back up to the front of the line. VIP access actually. No line, no cover.

If it would’t spoil it for you, I’d write a complete synopsis just so I could re-live the moments all over again. But, of course, I won’t do that. I tried not to give too many details away about the book because I want you to experience reading it for the first time like I did. Because any other way would be blasphemy. But I wanted to write something about Eleanor & Park….I NEEDED to write something about it, because it’s been a long time since a book has touched me like this. I can’t even really put it into words. Yes it’s YA Fiction, yes they are teenagers, yes it’s about young love….but it’s also so much more.

The best I can do to express just how much I love this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantastic writing and “real” characters is……..

I’m already considering a re-read. *BOOM* (drops the mic)