Saturday, October 27, 2012

2012 book 303

Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park
Rowell's second book (after the awesome Attachments, one of my favorite books of 2011) is another awesome story, this one a mildly heartbreaking tale of first love between two outcasts in 1986: Park, half-Korean in the very white Midwest, and Eleanor, a weirdly-dressed redhead from a very unhappy family. They first bond over X-Men comics, then Watchmen and 80s alternative rock, obviously the best things ever! (Though I was a little sad when Eleanor dissed Kitty Pryde, though her feminist angle on the X-Men is a very legitimate one.) And Rowell ABSOLUTELY NAILS first love. I had to keep putting this book down because the emotions were so raw--and because I was so terrified something bad was going to happen to Eleanor and Park. I think I fell for them as much as they did for one another. Really, really great. A.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released on February.


Christina said...

I did always wonder what the deal was with her weird accessories, but they were so adorable! And didn't you just love Park's parents?

Alicia K. said...

She had to safety pin her clothes together, no? I don't really remember the details now. Park's parents were GREAT--so nice to have a functional family in YA lit.