review:eleanor & park by rainbow rowell

about the book:

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.

I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.
A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Eleanor & Park is the winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book.
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013

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my review:

I can't say enough things about how and what this book meant to me. Maybe I had a connection with it because I grew up in the 80's and was bullied/never quite fit in. Either way, this book was pure magic. Beautiful and deep. I laughed and cried. I read this book super slowly to savor it, and because I was afraid the ending would break my heart. Actually, for me, the ending evoked thoughts of movies like Lost in Translation or Thelma and Louise (if you've read the book and seen either movie I hope you get my train of thought). I loved this book so much that even before I finished it, I bought Ms. Rowell's others. A true keeper!
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