If John Hughes and John Green had a baby, it would be Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, a beautifully written story about two misfit teens finding love in the 1980s.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – 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.
Rowell elegantly captures everything awkward and uncomfortable about being a teenager, especially a teenager in love. But she also captures all the magic and wonder of that love. Eleanor & Park will remind you about everything you loved (and loathed) about your own teen romance.
Told separately, Eleanor & Park would simply feature two interesting teenagers navigating their own personal difficulties: living up to parental expectations, race and sexuality, abusive home life, bullying, friendships. But combined as Rowell has done — with their stories interwoven and combined in an unlikely but explosive romance — Eleanor & Park becomes something more. Something truly special.
This magnificent book will fit neatly on bookshelves alongside old and new classics like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Catcher in the Rye, and Looking for Alaska.
Eleanor & Park is in stores now.