Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Standing: Stand alone novel
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Source: My local library
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 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. (See the book on Goodreads.)
Normally, I don't read a lot of YA contemporary romance. It's not that I've got anything against romance novels; it's just not my genre of choice. However, even though it's not the type of book I usually go for, genre-wise, I'd seen Eleanor & Park floating around the interwebz along with some positive hype (including the New York Times rave review by none other than John Green); so I picked it up at the library on a whim, and I am SO glad that I did.