Up Late with Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park

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. – from Goodreads

Recommended to me by a number of awesome teachers and authors, this was a book I’d been meaning to read for the past few months. As the end of the school year wrapped up, I finally found the chance to read it – over the course of a day, that is. Although the beginning felt a bit slow to me, I found myself dying to read more once I got about 10 percent of the way in (Kindle percentage). The two title characters are fully drawn and their story of “first love” reminded me of those butterfly-in-stomach-just-seeing-my-crush days when I was a teenager. Not a spoiler – The final sentence absolutely made the book! For a fun and fresh summer read, pick it up!

-Jennie 🙂 PCTELA President, @jenniekaywrites

Up Late with Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park

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