John Green, who happens to be one of my favourite YA authors, sums this book up perfectly:
“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times Book ReviewI could not put this down and read it incessantly until I was done. I absorbed the characters, their heartaches, their joy - I was reminded of what it is like to be young, an outsider, in love.
This book has some strong language so I will recommend it with caution to my learners, but to every adult, particularly of my generation, I would make it a must-read. Set in the late 80s, anyone who was a misfit, a punk, a skater; anyone who loved Vans, dressed for themselves without a care for others, who didn't quite fit, who was bullied, who was insecure; anyone who appreciates great comics and great music, anyone who remembers first love - they will identify with and fall in love with the characters.
Eleanor & Park has gone straight into my top ten and I cannot imagine it being toppled easily (though I do have a few more of Rowell's books in my 'To Read' pile...). I have recommended it on Twitter and already got feedback about how much others are enjoying it too.
You MUST read it. You will not be disappointed. But you might cry.
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Every Day by David Levithan
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Paper Towns by John Green
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green