Saturday, March 22, 2014

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Highly recommended to me by an American Blogger, this YA novel is everything she said it was and more.
The story of Eleanor, a girl with loud red hair and the family from hell and Park, a boy who longs for invisibility whilst living in a stable, caring family, these two meet on the School Bus and nothing is ever the same again.
This book takes us on a First Love journey with characters as big as the Universe, with an ever evolving plot line that will have you laughing and crying, possibly at the same time.
Omaha,Nebraska is the setting, the local high school the main action centre and music, comics and a school bus are supporting characters.
Fellow high schoolers, teachers, family members are all here and each plays their part, good and bad but overwhelmingly it is Eleanor and Park and their evolving relationship who are our guiding light and we see most aspects of the human behaviour on display, we see love, we see despair, heartbreak and failure, we see dysfunction and love, we see compassion, we see humour, we see anger, frustration and rage, we see wisdom and empathy but most of all we see possibility... When all the stars are aligned, what will be, will be.
Well drawn characters, a swiftly moving and variable plot line, the book couldn't tell this story any better if it tried, Rainbow is a very talented lady and to keep an adult hooked into teenage behaviour she has to be.
I really don't want to give too much away, so I'll leave it here but I will say that like John Green, Rainbow Rowell knows the teenage heart and she also survived the 80's!

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