RATING: FOUR SONG TITLES ON A BINDER“Can't you just like a girl who likes you back?'Summary: 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.Review:
'None of them likes me back. I may as well like the one I really want.”
These two teenagers are just as awkward as every teenager you have ever encountered. They aren't conventionally attractive, they aren't lusted after by everyone, there are no dramatic love triangles, etc. Eleanor is like the fat girl who can't afford to let people in. The girl who is surprised when someone even wants to get in. Park is not committed to living people. He has friends, he's a normal guy, and he falls prey to high school shallowness. We've all experienced it. But these two are forced to be in each other's company and they find themselves attracted to each other's quirks.
I love the era of this book. The nostalgia because of the musical references, the toys, the slang even, is so much fun. I had an easy time reading it because I felt like I was picking up a flow that I've already lived through. Nothing inside this book was new to me. Rainbow Rowell does a really great job of putting all your feels into words. She finds the perfect expressions to sum up your thoughts and the thoughts of her characters. I really appreciated that. I like the structure of the book too and how it is divided into Eleanor's perspective and Park's perspective. This book has a Perks of Being a Wallflower meets John Green feel to it, but it isn't entrenched in tragedy after tragedy. The book doesn't rely entirely on angst to fuel its plot. The relationship between the two is the focus and any additional drama has its place in the background.
It's really easy to feel like you're being included in the story's progression rather than just being an external audience. If you're looking for a warm and fuzzy feeling book, then I'd definitely suggest this one. I found myself smiling and laughing (sometimes I cooed too) along with the characters.