It’s another From the Vault entry! A review of a previously-read book! This one I’d reviewed once already, some I have not.
I listened to an audiobook version of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell over the summer. I fell in love immediately. An unexpected pleasure was that there were two very good narrators, a female for Eleanor’s sections and a male for Park’s. I admit that I really enjoyed this because sometimes I’m a speedy reader, especially if I’m reading solely for enjoyment, and I am no stranger to missed visual cues, so they saved me that trouble.
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.
- Both Eleanor and Park had a unique voice, their own lens with which they viewed the world. This made for interesting moments when the view switched back and forth quickly, to see what they were thinking or how they were feeling, and what was different between the two. This also made it very distinct who was thinking what. I also just absolutely loved them both!
- Their wit!
- The story felt so genuine, I was sucked in immediately and it was hard to come back from.
- The supporting characters felt just as real as Eleanor and Park did.
- Eleanor’s reference to Dicey Tillerman (Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt).
- THE FEELS! This was quite an emotional book for me to listen to.
- I can’t think of anything that I didn’t really like. There were elements of the story that I wish weren’t a part of this world in general, but they are, and they were presented really well.
- While the language didn’t bother me, a family member is a middle school librarian, so I keep that in mind when reading YA. Probably not acceptable for a middle-school library, in case you were wondering.
- I think that someone who was a teenager in this time would probably like the references to the music, but I have to admit that I’m a failure in terms of pop-culture, so I had to take them at the value presented in the book.