I am a reader, I feel like I always have been. I am constantly surrounded by books in both my personal and professional worlds.
I have read excessively since the second grade. I have attempted, again and again, to keep a list of the books I've read and how I felt about them but so far have been unsuccessful. This is an attempt to keep track of the books I'm reading, and my thoughts about them. My goal is to publish at least one review a week (no promises though). Wish me luck!
*Note, while I will try to avoid major spoilers, I sometimes won't be able to help it.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
"Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell
So here's the process that led to me reading Rainbow's Rowell's (who, by the way, would win my best named author award if I did such a thing) Eleanor & Park. Rainbow was the writer of the one of the NaNoWriMo updates and she talked about her book, Fangirl.
My brain was sparked because it sounded really good and it's a NaNo
book, but since my library doesn't have it yet, I decided to read Eleanor & Park
instead. Now I was aware of it, I'd seen it on display at the library
and knew that it was getting great reviews. It ended up somewhere on the
list of books I hope I find time to read before I die. Thankfully it
ended up making it's way to the top of said list because it is really
Eleanor has just moved back in with her family after
originally being kicked out by her stepfather. They live in a too small
house with too many people and live in fear of his temper. Park is part
Korean, part nerd and 100% awesome. The two meet on the bus when Eleanor
has no where else to sit and ends up next to sitting next to Park.
Slowly their relationship begins to develop. At first, she reads comics
over his shoulder, then they start reading said comics together. Soon
Park starts making mix tapes for Eleanor; she loves music but has no
means to go out and buy her own (and note that I said mix tape. This
book is not set in the present day but instead takes place in the mid
80s). As time goes by, their relationship grows stronger, but so does
the need for Eleanor
to keep all of this a secret. You will fall
head over heels for these characters and this book has an ending you
won't soon forget.
I loved how natural this book felt. It
felt like these two could easily walk out of the pages of the book and
be actual people. Every event that took place in the book was also very
realistic. Never once did I have the though 'there's no way that would
happen.' Once I started this book, it was extremely difficult to put it
down. Rowell has created a real gem and I am looking forward to reading
more of her books.