By Rainbow Rowell.

 

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

This book is pretty damned adorable. My review in one word: adorable.

Eleanor and Park spoke to me on a deeper level that can’t be explained. It’s like when you meet someone new and you find out they like all the same music as you and watch the same TV shows and you get all excited and giddy to have found someone who gets you. That’s this book for me. It just gets me, and I get it in return.

Objectively, it’s a fairly standard boy-meets-girl story, but it’s a very good one. Both characters are the right amount of interesting and awkward and, more importantly, they feel real.

I think the main point of discord about this book is the ending. When I read it, my first reaction was one of confusion. It was going to end like that!? No closure? No knowing for sure what happens in the end?! But of course, it makes perfect sense. It’s life. Life has no closure, and you never know what happens at the end of a story, because life just keeps going forward creating new ones.

So it turns out that this ending actually gives me hope. For this story and for the next ones.

 

4 hearts out of 5

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