Year Published: 2013.
Author: Rainbow Rowell.
“She never looked nice, she looked like art. And art wasn’t supposed to look nice it was supposed to make you feel something”.
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.
Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young and feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.
“I told you to smile because you’re beautiful when you smile”.
“It’d be better if you thought I was beautiful when I don’t”.
I am normally the worst person for reading romance books because I usually find them too cringey and unrealistic. But this book was the first love story I’ve read that I actually loved. I smiled the whole way through, then cried for a bit and then smiled again at the last page. I read this in two days and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. It is such a good story and it is so realistic. It deals with romance but also family issues such as domestic violence. There are lots of twists that you don’t see coming throughout the book. Although it may seem like a teen book – it really isn’t there is alot of adult topics in the book. It is extremely well written and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Rainbow Rowell is my kind of writer, she’s funny, she’s interesting and juts a really good storyteller. I have now asked for her books Carry On and Fangirl for Christmas so I’m really excited to read more of her books.