Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

A book that was so goddamn sweet, and also broke my goddamn heart.

After I read the last page, I flipped to the next page, didn’t see any more writing, frowned, and flipped back and forth a few times, like “That’s it???”.

My boyfriend who was in bed with me at the time observed this and laughed at how disgruntled I looked. It’s an ending that makes perfect sense, yet I never saw coming. I was lulled into relaxation by the sweet cadence of teenage love.

To summarize, Eleanor & Park is about the relationship that forms between its namesake teenagers living in Omaha in 1986, who fall in love over 80s music and x-men comics despite unfavourable circumstances and a challenging social environment. 

Everyone should read this book. Not only because it’s a good (and quick) read, but because underneath its sweet love song there’s a whole counter-melody of issues like poverty, domestic violence, family relations, racism, e/immigrant struggles, substance abuse, body image, paedophilia and bullying. Schools should put this on their Jr. High curriculum.

High five, Rainbow Rowell, you’re pretty awesome.

I’m reading 41 books this year. See original post here.

Author: Mel Hattie

Hi, I’m Mel, blogger and tea sommelier at Mel Had Tea. I love to explore, learn, and meet new people. Nothing inspires me more than reading, traveling the world, talking to strangers, and drinking tea.

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