Eleanor and Park is not your typical YA romance. It's raw, gritty, and real--an 80s fantasy love story for two kids who don't fit in and aren't sure tEleanor and Park is not your typical YA romance. It's raw, gritty, and real--an 80s fantasy love story for two kids who don't fit in and aren't sure they really want to. Rainbow Rowell paints an exquisite picture of the experiences of two young kids who fall in love hard for the first time. It's a beautiful, realistic progression that's told in the darkly serious poetic language that only a teenage heart knows. Deeply felt, yet somehow still geniune, not melodramatic. So many feels; so many tiny moments that seem bigger than the universe at the time.
The audiobook is very nicely done, featuring both a male and female reader for either Park's or Eleanor's POV. I'd caution against listening to it out loud with children around though, because Eleanor's stepfather has an incredibly foul mouth. The POV shifts between chapters and sections, with occasional chapters that are only a few sentences long. But it is done so masterfully that it serves the story well.
This is a story that twists its way into a heart like a slowly-turning corkscrew. Before you even realize what's happened, it has wrecked you. (In a good way. ;)) And oh my word. The ending. Brilliant!...more
Quite cleverly written, though you can tell that this is Mr. Browne's first novel. He falls back on a lot of the same funny phrases and jokes to stealQuite cleverly written, though you can tell that this is Mr. Browne's first novel. He falls back on a lot of the same funny phrases and jokes to steal the laugh, when in reality, there are a great number of darkly hilarious situations that he delivers uniquely and with much wit. So the repeated jabs for a chuckle get a bit tiresome because they just aren't needed.
That said, Mr. Browne has great potential, and I would be interested in reading whatever he publishes next.
CONTENT WARNING: I do warn sensitive readers that there are two chapters and a smattering of lines in this book that come within spitting distance of soft porn. There's a bit of profanity as well, but it is of the sort that makes sense...if that makes sense.
OVERALL: If you're interested in dark humor and zombies, Breathers is an absolute must-read. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments that will leave you looking around and wondering why in the world you found that funny....more
Jane Hamilton has a captivating writing style to be sure. I'd read to chapter 3, then set it down for a few days. Next time I picked it up, I finishedJane Hamilton has a captivating writing style to be sure. I'd read to chapter 3, then set it down for a few days. Next time I picked it up, I finished the entire book in one sitting.
She is a writer's writer in the way she strings her sentences together and with the words she uses. POV jumps around a lot, and she goes off on characters' thought tangents, but it's still amusing enough to keep a reader's attention.
The storyline is delightfully whimsical with a twist of deviousness added in. I enjoyed the characters very much even though most of them are very much unlike me. Jane Hamilton artfully painted every character in this book.
One caveat to my young reader friends: I do NOT necessarily recommend this book to you. There's a smattering of profanity and a few scenes of inappropriate sexual content and narrative, so please...not til you're older. It's one of THOSE books. ...more