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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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Apr 22, 2012

it was amazing

Set in 1986 in a working-class neighborhood of a Midwestern U.S. city, this book is funny and sad and geeky. Eleanor and Park are both misfits for different reasons (he's half-Korean in a mostly-white neighborhood, and is into music and comics instead of sports; she's big and awkward and poor, and defiantly flaunts her crazy red hair and weird clothes). They find themselves reluctantly drawn together, then falling for each other despite their friends' derision and their families' dismay and disapproval. A larger, more dangerous threat looms over one of them, skilfully woven throughout the story and coming to a climax in a way that will have you reading faster and faster to find out what will happen.

This story of first love, of how it’s almost always intense and heart-breakingly doomed, will take you right back to those breathless, stomachache-y days when love was desperate and overwhelming and just holding your beloved’s hand was enough to make you walk on air for weeks.
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Rebecca I'm SUPER excited for this book, since I just finished "Attachments" -- I might have to end up ordering it from Amazon UK :D

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would you like to read Blue Is Sad? It's kinda like E&P. It's about first love and growing up in the media's eyes and alcoholism. I think you'll like it.

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