Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Eleanor & Park is one of those books that stays with you. It’s so raw and filled with emotion, it captures what it is to be young and falling in love and everything that matters during that time, and all the things that doesn’t. It also shows the things that can go wrong.
I finished it close to an hour ago, maybe longer and it’s still on my mind. It’s going to be on my mind for a while because the thoughts and emotions there. Their relationship. It felt real to me. It reminded me of my first love and the same small steps of hanging out together, holding hands, kissing like the world was going to end and how it felt to touch that person or feel close to someone. To share something special.
I’m surprised I didn’t cry, I might end up crying later after the fact, but yeah this one really hit different. It was beautiful and tragic and filled with pop culture for an era I was born in but never fully experienced. Though I could feel it, I could almost see it because the 90’s weren’t that far off. That and because it’s such a timeless experience, that first person you’re pretty much obsessed with. When love is basically the end of the world and the beginning all wrapped up together.
Now, we talk about the problems. I loved this book, I connected with this book and I will also acknowledge that this book is pretty problematic by today’s standards, but I don’t think you should avoid certain topics in fiction because they are difficult, because it is after all fiction, and it can give you some perspective. It won’t be for everyone. Some people will read the first few pages and DNF it or read the entire thing and hate it. That’s all you and something personal.
I chose to acknowledge the issues, like the book does, and realize it’s from a different time and a time I lived through in part. It also shows how far we’ve come that we will have open discussions about these topics, but also shows how far we have to go.
Anyway, I really liked this book. I really like Rainbow Rowell and I’m probably going to re-read Fangirl soon.