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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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Nov 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: for-review, read-in-2012
Read from October 29 to 30, 2012

3 1/2 stars

This was my blackout read and it served its purpose incredibly well. I was utterly absorbed by this story – much more than I ever expected to be. This book reminded me that I am a closet romantic and I really do enjoy romance when it’s done well. Even when prickly Eleanor and quiet Park were saying some pretty cheesy things to each other, my cringe level stayed surprisingly low. But then, Rowell does such a wonderful job of bucking the typical YA romance roles. Eleanor is overweight, dresses in ill-fitting thrift store clothes, has a thorny personality, and has to deal with poverty and an extremely bad home life. Park is an outcast both at home and with his classmates. He’s quiet and small; he wears black and listens to new wave. He’s the lone Asian kid in a WASP community.

When these two slowly forged a connection – through nonverbal sharing of comic books and music at first, and then eventually through…you know, actual talking – I bought it. This book also reminded me vividly of how horrible it can be to be a child, completely beholden to someone else for your shelter, food, and security – and not always someone with your best interests at heart. I didn’t connect quite as well with the middle of the book, when it got super romancey with the declarations and whatnot but I thought the ending was pretty great. It was just resolved enough and it felt realistic. I will definitely be looking for Attachments by this same author, as I hear that it’s even better.

Also seen at The Readventurer with four other mini-reviews.
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Tatiana So, is this Printz Honor-worthy?

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