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My rating: 5++
"TWO MISFITS. ONE EXTRAORDINARY LOVE. It's 1986 and two star-crossed teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love--and just how hard it pulled you under. A cross between the iconic '80s movie Sixteen Candles and the classic coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska, Eleanor & Park is a brilliantly written young adult novel."
"I want everyone to meet you. You're my favorite person of all time."
This novel is completely different from Fangirl. That is a good thing in my world. I don't like authors who are constantly writing books with similar characters and story. If you had read one, it's as if you read them all. Rainbow Rowell is not one of those authors (I'm reading Attachments currently and it is whole other category, I'm even wondering if it's written by the same person).
I absolutely adore setting of Eleanor & Park - everything happens in 1986. - and don't even let me start with the music: The Smiths, The Joy Division, U2... Walkmens! Yes, I used to have one of those. Making mixtapes was a big deal and it took a lot of time. I still have few tapes somewhere in the apartment.
But the most captivating part of this story are main characters, Eleanor - overweight and awkward new girl, and Park - part Korean and part Irish boy with great music taste.
“What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.”
Eleanor & Park goes just after Fangirl on the list of my favorites. Thank you, Rainbow, for giving us your stories.