Eleanor & Park

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“Eleanor & Park”, de Rainbow Rowell

“Me has salvado la vida, trató de decirle. No para siempre, no para bien. Probablemente sólo temporalmente. Pero me has salvado la vida y ahora soy tuya. Todo lo que soy ahora es tuya. Por siempre”.

“Cuando la veía no podía pensar en nada.
Salvo en tocarla.
Salvo en hacer cuanto pudiera o fuera necesario para verla feliz”.

“Se diría que sus vidas se solapaban, que los atraía una mutua fuerza de gravedad. Por lo general, consideraba aquella contingencia el mejor regalo que el universo le había hecho jamás.”  

 

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“Nothing before you counts,“ he said. "And I can’t even imagine an after.”

She shook her head. “Don’t.”

“What?”

“Don’t talk about after.”

“I just meant that… I want to be the last person who ever kisses you, too…. That sounds bad, like a death threat or something. What I’m trying to say is, you’re it. This is it for me.”

—  Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
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BOOK OF THE DAY: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

“Wonderfully geeky, funny and oddly romantic,’ Eleanor & Park’ is sincere and simultaneously beautiful. It prompts you to feel nostalgia and long for love in all the right ways.”

Although we worship youth, there exists an odd paradox in our society, we are collectively obsessed with “old,” young people. We watch and we tell stories about the coexistence of youth and beauty who have been tarnished and worn down by life’s complexities and ills. Few books, even in YA literature, capture the essence of youth and the instinctual struggle teenagers endure as they mature: the heart aching process of fitting in at home and in school. Although a love story, this is where Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park succeeds. Reflecting real life, where adult themes are inescapable, Rowell reminds us what it feels like to be that 16 year old boy or girl who is completely uncomfortable in their skin.

Note, Eleanor & Park are not fighting terminal illnesses, vampires, witches, mythical creatures or traveling through time in an alternate universe, they are simply teenagers who met riding the bus to school. Set in 1986, Eleanor is a 16-year old girl with red hair, a bigger body, and an eccentric fashion sense. Constantly bullied, Eleanor is absolutely uncomfortable in her skin, but she is strong. Stricken by poverty, she lives at home with an awful stepfather, in a tiny room, where there is not enough money for shampoo.

On the first day of school, Park reluctantly shares his seat with Eleanor. Day after day, they silently share a ride to school, until they slowly become friends and bond over comic books and mix tapes. Park is half-Korean, introverted, loves to wear band t-shirts, and occasionally wears eyeliner, which freaks his father out. Both an outcast at home and at school, as the only Asian kid, Park longs for his father’s approval. 

Their slow transition from strangers to friends into a romantic relationship is overwhelmingly tender and warm. Shocked that somebody could even find her beautiful, Eleanor and Park fall in love. Ultimately they become each others’ source of happiness and support in their difficult home lives.

If you love YA literature and have not open Eleanor & Park, yet, you are committing a grave sin. This book will make you swoon at every corner. You will fall in love with Park’s words, and extraordinarily relate to Eleanor’s sense of insecurity. Although somewhat cheesy and over the top at times, Park’s genuine interest towards Eleanor is heartwarming and will make you incredibly jealous. These are some of our favorite passages on their complicated relationship:

– “He set his forehead against hers. She didn’t know what to do with her eyes or her hands. “Nothing before you counts,” he said. “And I can’t even imagine an after.”

– "He tried to remember how this happened – how she went from someone he’d never met to the only one who mattered.”

– “My girlfriend is sad and quiet and keeps me up all night worrying about her.” 

– ”I don’t like you,” he said. “I need you.” 

– “I don’t like you, Park. Sometimes I think I live for you.” 

By now, we are sure you can tell that Eleanor & Park is one of our favorite YA books. Completely smitten by their story, we highly appreciate the sense of helplessness Rowell achieves. She captures the essence of what is to be a teenager, and most importantly what it is to be dependent on your parents. You depend on them for safety and shelter, knowing you are ill-equipped to provide for yourself. You are not in control of your home life, happiness or what is given to you. This is why we believe Eleanor & Park resonates with people of all ages, it reminds you of your first love or the desire to have somebody love you as much as Park admires Eleanor. 

Wonderfully geeky, funny and oddly romantic, Eleanor & Park is sincere and simultaneously beautiful. It prompts you to feel nostalgia and long for love in all the right ways. We promise this is a book, which resonates with people of all ages. The last 50 pages will leave you a wreck. Take our word. And for those of you who do not know, Eleanor & Park will be a movie! So it is safe to say we are monumentally excited!

Illustration by pandanemar

Read excerpts from the book here! Get the book here!

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