Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary.
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.
Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.
Eleanor & Park is the first novel that I have read by Rainbow Rowell and I know that it will not be my last. She definitely knows how to make you fall in love with a character, before tearing your heart to pieces. I feel like Rowell knows exactly how to capture the feelings you experience when falling in love for the first time – And this is portrayed perfectly through her writing and her characters.
I was able to devour Eleanor & Park in only one sitting, which for me is an achievement because I am very easily distracted by my surroundings. Rowell makes you invest yourself in the happiness of both of our main characters, and breaks your heart in the process. Eleanor & Park, while a YA contemporary novel, really does have a bit of a dark side to it, and it is something that you are definitely not expecting.
Overall, I adored this book and I cannot wait for more to come from Rowell.