[Eleanor & Park + Rainbow Rowell + Read Feb 2014 + 5★]
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and, in Eleanor's eyes, impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mixed tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose .. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor and Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.
[My Thoughts & Favorite Quotes]
"When he touched Eleanor's hand, he recognized her. He knew."
INNOCENCE + FRIENDSHIP + TRUE & FIRST LOVE + TRUST
I didn't want this book to end. I could keep reading about Eleanor and Park forever.... The story is perfect and beautifully written. Sad and funny. Heartbreaking and hopeful. The characters are unique and adorable. It was beautiful to see their relationship become so strong. I loved it!
"She was pretty sure she'd thank him for saving her life. Not just yesterday, but, like, practically every day since they'd met. Which made her feel like the dumbest, weakest girl. If you can't save your own life, is it even worth saving?"
Illustration via Simini Blocker Illustration
"NOTHING EVER ENDS"