My Rating: 5 stars
Date Read: July 17, 2014
Source: Purchased ebook
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genres: Young adult, romance, contemporary
Summary (taken from Goodreads): 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.
Review: I was unsure about this book while reading the first few pages – and honestly, that’s so difficult to believe now, because I loved it.
Eleanor and Park are so wonderful together. Even during the parts where they were just friends, they were so cute.
They were also realistic. Park cared too much about what people thought of him, and this didn’t change. It didn’t disappear because he liked Eleanor and suddenly didn’t care about what anyone might think of him. I feel like that was really important, that the characters kept flaws through the story. They didn’t need to lose them to be great characters and people.
Even more important was Richie’s character. For the first parts of the book, there were no real signs as to why Eleanor was afraid of him. Sure, he kicked her out – but that was all we knew. The rest came on slowly, building up later in the book. I think it’s so important to show that not all abuse is obvious or plain to see. The fact that his neglect was such a key part of the abuse really stood out to me as well – it wasn’t all physical, like most abuse in books seems to be.
I hated and loved the ending, in the way that I always hate open endings – but it was realistic and just as great as the rest of the story. Still, imagining what those three words could be is going to kill me!