Eleanor and Park. Eleanor and Park. Eleanor and Park. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee so much that when I finished the book, I was painfully depressed that it was over. I love thee so much that every potential next book just doesn’t seem good enough. I love thee so much that I gave up finding something to read next and read thee again. I *never* do that!
I love the characterization of these two. I love the writing. I love how the writing makes me feel. I love how the story unfolds at just the right speed. I love the delicacy with which the author develops the love story. I LOVE THEE!
Eleanor and Park is the story of two awkward teens who fall in love. I identified with Eleanor SO much. It hasn’t been that long since I was the plain, chubby white girl who hated no beast more than the mean girls in gym. Her home life just made me want to cry. She refers to Park as the “stupid Asian kid.” Park’s Korean mother was brought back to the US by his military father and I love the way the author describes their passionate relationship. Park feels like he will never be “American-manly” enough to please his father. The characterization of Park’s parents just might be the “other” best thing about this book! Oh, and it’s set in the 80’s, so I totally got that too.
This book is definitely in my All-Time Top 5 and definitely the best book I’ve read in 2013. GO. READ. IT. NOW.
Teacher stuff: This book contains HEAVY use of the f word, mostly by school bullies and the abusive step-father. There is no explicit sex but there is heavy petting (2nd base) and sex is mentioned.
Also, please comment and drop me the name of a book I can read as a follow-up. I need a GREAT LOVE STORY. Don’t tell me Nicholas Sparks or Nora Roberts stuff either. That’s just decent pass-the-time kind of stuff. I need good, quality stuff. I’m grieving for Eleanor and Park (the book, they aren’t dead) and need a distraction!!
So since I didn’t manage to digest anything else new this week AND since it’s SUMMER for most of us and we all need a little indulgent reading time, I’ll blog about another book that left me feeling the same way as Eleanor and Park did. I’m not COMPLETELY breaking from my usual MG/YA book review since this book is sometimes considered YA (although I’d say a very MATURE YA).
Chris and Emily. Emily and Chris. These two characters kept me AWAKE at night worrying about them! I love Chris. I hate Emily! This book seriously got inside my head and is the reason I read every other Jodi Picoult book ever written. None were better than this, but I will add here that Mercy came pretty close.
Anyway, back to The Pact. Chris and Emily grew up next door to each other and their parents were best friends. A love slowly developed between these two. Now they are 16 and Emily is dead from an apparent suicide. Chris, who was with her, claims that they had a suicide pact and were both planning to commit suicide together, but he passed out after she shot herself and didn’t get a chance to off himself before the cops arrived. But the facts don’t add up and Chris is arrested for her murder. What really happened? I’m warning you. You will care so deeply about these characters (especially Chris) and get so wrapped up in it. It’s soooo good! It’s an indulgent read!
Happy Monday reading and I really hope I can find a book that will take me away like these two did! It’s summer and I need some good book candy!