Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

Rowell tells the story of Eleanor and Park’s romance through rapid switches in perspective. Though initially disinterested in each other, Eleanor and Park develop a strong friendship, and, eventually, a strong love. However, just like Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, which Eleanor reads in class, their love doesn’t come without its problems. The pair must work together to overcome societal and cultural differences in order to be together. Rowell’s quick transitions between Eleanor and Park’s points of view, and her excellent use of dialogue immediately pull readers into the story. Both characters are extremely funny, and the romance has just the right amount of “mush” — both boys and girls will love it. Also, the musical element to the story will have you hitting up iTunes for an 80’s playlist. You won’t want to put this one down! 

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