31. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Noelle, Romance, Teen Books

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, 328 pages, read by Noelle, on 10/02/2013

Eleanor & Park

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.

Oh God! This book broke my heart into a million little pieces and I loved every awkward, tender second of it!  Set in 1980’s Omaha Nebraska, this book follows the unlikely love story of two teens who gradually but surely fall in love, bonding over comic books and alternative 80’s music on the school bus. It is incredibly raw, poignant and wonderful.  Written with such a truthful take on the painful ecstasy of experiencing of first love, I wonder how much of this story was taken from the author’s own life experience.  Get out your old Smiths albums and read this book.  Highly Recommended!






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