Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve been on here. The end of the school year is always crazy, and then once it’s over you need a little time to just vegetate. But, I finished a book last night that was so good it required me to come back on here to rave about it.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Wow. What a read. It was chosen as one of this year’s nominees for the Florida Teens Read list, so I had to read it, but it’s also one I kept hearing such great things about that I think I would have eventually come around anyway.
I think it’s actually a perfect follow-up on the heels of the uber-popular The Fault in Our Stars. Once you’ve read that, cried, seen the movie, cried, listened to the soundtrack, and then cried one last time, then you should pick up Eleanor & Park. It’s in a similar vein, and it’s just as well written, clever, fresh, and realistic, if not more so than Fault. Does that sound like blasephemy? I don’t think so, because honestly, we all know that Augustus and Hazel do tend to use a lot of lofty vocabulary and both come from loving and well-off families. In Eleanor & Park, none of the characters talk like 20-something Harvard graduates, and Eleanor comes from a terrible home life, which I think many more teenagers can (sadly) probably better relate to.
I still have nine more Florida Teens Read books to finish this summer, so we’ll see, but I highly doubt any of them will come close to the magic and feeling of Eleanor & Park. Rowell has also written another book called Fangirl, which I haven’t read, but one of my very bright and well read students did read it and said she enjoyed it very much. John Green… watch out… Rainbow Rowell is onto something here…