Eleanor & Park
A truly beautiful story with a smack of harsh reality. Definitely worth a read.
Reviewed: 2015-07-09Rowell captures so well the sense of youthful awkwardness in love that I had fond flashes of my high school romances - and of high school in general. I dreamed of the SHS cafeteria last night after finishing the book, an UNO game I'd long forgotten, and I hope some high schoolers or even late middle schoolers who are having trouble pick up this book and see that it's okay to be themselves. And it's okay to tell someone if there's trouble at home. The ending might be a bit too contrived in its heartbreak but reading it at age 15, you might feel like you want to put it next to those other books that broke your heart at that age - Where the Red Fern Grows, Bridge to Terabithia, and so on. This is young adult literature for young adults - not young adult literature for the masses. Good on you, Ms. Rowell. Kids need it.
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