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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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it was amazing
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Nothing beats young love. Nothing. That first kiss, the newness of it, the way your tongue combines with hers, and you’re ready to scream and run through the halls, pounding on lockers as you make your way to the principal’s office, and you’re convinced there’s no such thing in the world, no words to describe this wonderful, penetrating sensation. No one else has experienced what you’re feeling right now, at this particular moment, instant really, when two worlds collide, and your heart stops for a second, and then another, and you feel so much, so much that it hurts, and maybe you’re ready to burst, from this goodness and wonderfulness. You’re fucking ecstatic, filled with hope and pride, and you’re like a freight train ready to collide. ELEANOR & PARK made me feel all of that in 336 pages, and probably a hell of a lot more. It took me about a day to process all of my emotions, and this sticky goodness that attached itself to my beating heart, and it’ll probably take me a few more days to come back to reality.

When the novel first started, it wasn’t a match made in heaven. In fact, I didn’t like Eleanor, and Park wasn’t much better. Even the first time they sat together on the bus, it was more out of pity than any real emotional connection. As for the back and forth perspective, I’ll admit I wasn’t all that into it at first either. It seemed too quick and fleeting at times, and then it all seemed to fall perfectly into place, like the stars and moon and heaven aligned. Like this novel, and my life, and maybe the constellations aligned to bring us together, and the dialogue proved quicker and sharper than I could have possibly hoped, and the story sped up like a locomotive, and my mind went into overdrive, as the pages flew by. And I read the whole damn thing in one day. That ought to tell you something right there, because normally I spread my novels out over at least a couple of days. Sometimes longer.

And then we reached the climax and finale. That ending: I feel like my life just ended.

I feel nothing and everything at the same time. Like the best relationship of my life just ended, and I had no say in the matter, and now I need a box of antidepressants and maybe an entire bar of chocolate and an ice cream cone. Like I can’t stop feeling, like the whole world is filled with this energy that I’ve harnessed for myself, and that I can’t contain it even if I wanted to. But I don’t want to contain it. I don’t want any of it to stop or end, because I might never feel this way again. It spans excited and happy, pain and sorrow, sadness and anger, empty and raw. When will this emotional roller-coaster end?

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Reading Progress

January 14, 2014 – Shelved
January 14, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
January 14, 2014 – Shelved as: kindle-deals
August 9, 2014 – Started Reading
August 9, 2014 – Finished Reading
August 13, 2014 – Shelved as: robert-s-reads

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Debbie excellent excellent review!


Robert Debbie wrote: "excellent excellent review!"

Thanks Debbie!


Readergirl77 I love Rainbow Rowell's books. Nice review. :)


Robert Readergirl77 wrote: "I love Rainbow Rowell's books. Nice review. :)"

I am quickly becoming a Rainbow Rowell convert. But I promise to keep my hands to myself and thoroughly enjoy the ride this woman takes me on.


Michelle Ham Bravo! Yep, it's an unforgettable book.


Robert Mishy wrote: "Bravo! Yep, it's an unforgettable book."

Thanks Mishy!


message 7: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Hernandez Although I cannot judge all of Rowell's writing based off of only one of her novels I do have to say it is not the best beginning I'd expect. I too disliked the main characters for their introduction which just felt like a love story waiting to happen. However, I must say it was unethical having them not talk for a while on the bus and having Park be disgusted with Eleanor.
I also agree with you on the ending; I felt nothingness. The book ends with Eleanor going to live with her aunt and uncle and cutting off ties with her family and more importantly to Eleanor: Park. This I didn't quite understand with Park being the love her life, yet she couldn't open a letter he wrote to her or letters for that matter. As expressed in the final quote you wrote Park was surprised in how Eleanor just let go of him and how love could end so quickly yet feel so long.


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