Title: Eleanor & Park
Genre: YA Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Date Published: February 26, 2013
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.
Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
At first, I wasn't really getting into the story. It wasn't bad, but there was really nothing happening. But it goes on, and I found myself getting more and more attached to both Eleanor and Park - with everything going on in their lives.
There were some times I ended up snorting with laughter, in public places. Also, I thought it would be a good idea to read this while at a card shop, because I was almost done. No. It was, in fact, an awful idea. My eyes started to water and I had to put the book away so people didn't think I was getting worked up over the Magic the Gathering game I was playing.
There's a lot of instances with heavy topics, especially in relation to bullying. One such scene, while reading, caused me to flashback to a similar experience I went though... and started crying.
Because of how the characters gradually grew on me, and also how emotional I was during and after reading, I'm giving this one 4.5 platypires.