I cannot express in words just how much I love love loved this book! Well, not without sounding like a blubbering idiot that is. I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell's writing last summer when I read Attachments. This absolutely exceeded my high expectations. Eleanor has so much going on in her life that is just horrible... she has such low self-esteem, no matter how well she hides it that you just want to reach into the pages and wrap her in a blanket of goodness. Park has his own issues to deal with - not even in the same ballpark as Eleanor's - but enough. The point of view goes back and forth between these two, so you really get to know what they are thinking, how they think, and most importantly - how they feel. And while they feel it all, the reader does too.
I've seen this shelved as a YA book and as Adult fiction, which I think is a tribute to the universal appeal that I feel it has. I loved that it was set in the 80's and Rowell dropped little pop culture nuggets for those of us who remember that time period. But it isn't overdone or cheesy... it doesn't detract from the real story at all, just fills in the scenery for you.
I seriously loved this book. Did I mention that already? These two are REAL to me. I hope they become real for you too.
(I included some of my favorite excerpts in my master post for Dewey's Read-a-thon - you can find them HERE)
Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin's Press, 2013
Links for purchase:Amazon
The Book Depository