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)

 

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And that’s how it should be done!

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Gayle Forman knows how to write a book. At least the second time around she does. As I close the cover on Where She Went, the follow-up successor to Forman’s If I Stay, I am left grinning like a fool, tears drying up in my eyes and wanting MORE!

Where She Went is Adam’s tale. The supportive and loving boyfriend who sat by Mia’s side while she contemplated life or death, unbeknownst to him. I usually am not down with follow-up books being told from the male’s perspective, because I find it repetitive and boring. But this was not the case! Adam’s story takes place 3 years after “the accident” and lets readers satisfy that need of wondering….wondering what happened to the characters, where are they now and what transpired from previous events.

I have a personal attraction towards Series’. I NEED to know what happens next. I get so attached to the characters and their stories, that I wish most books were 5000 pages long, or a series of 20. And that’s how I felt with Where She Went. It gave me the information that I was craving. The inside details of Adam and Mia…the guts. And it was fantastic. And the fact that Adam achieves his “dreams and desires” of becoming a Rock Star, which means countless mentions of musical artists, songs, albums and lyrics just adds to the affection I feel towards this book.

If I had to have one criticism, it would be that no matter how much closure I felt at the end, no matter how big of a smile I had when I turned that last page…I was still left wanting more. What happens next?! Did things go as planned? Can the term “happily ever after” be said for Adam and Mia’s tale?

But, is that really a criticism or just the sign of a well-written novel? And possibly the symptom of being a book junkie?

“The things that don’t matter easy come and go
And the things that satisfy only come real slow”