Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: February 26, 2013
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Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336, 8 hours and 56 minutes
Source: Random House Audio
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I wasn’t really sure about this one. Then I had the opportunity to listen to the audio book, so I thought why not give it a try. I ended up LOVING IT. I didn’t read the book in print at all, so I can’t really comment on that experience, but if you’ve not listened to the audio book, I so highly recommend it. I’m not an audio book person. I’m really really picky about the narration, thus I start a lot of audio books and end up not finishing them. (This just happened to me recently.) Eleanor & Park was one of, if not the best audio books I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to.
It’s read by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra. Rebecca reading the part of Eleanor and Sunil reading the part of Park. You can listen to an excerpt at Random House Audio.
Eleanor & Park is set in the late 80′s. 1986 I do believe, and although I was born in the 80′s this was a little bit before my time, though I knew most of the pop culture references so that made it fun. But don’t assume that you have to be a child of the 80′s to enjoy this novel. I don’t think the story would have worked quite as well in any other decade.
This book had me gasping, crying, laughing, and laughing so hard I was crying. It’s not at all your typical love story. It’s so much more than a love story, I even hate to use the words love story to describe it. It’s more about two teens finding themselves and falling in love with each other in the process.
I didn’t know much about the story line when I started the book and I think I liked it better that way. There was some serious issues that I didn’t anticipate at all, and that’s all I’ll say about that.
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Eleanor & Park and it’s well deserved. If you’re debating on picking this one up, I can’t tell you enough, DO IT!. Looking forward to more from this fabulously talented author.