2013 St. Martin's Press
Goodreads Rating: 4.22 (37,330 ratings)
My Rating: Great Story (4)
Setting: 1980s Omaha, Nebraska
1st sentence/s: "XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus. Park pressed his headphones into his ears."
My comments: Even though there were very NON-sweet things going on in this book, the love story between Eleanor and Park was incredibly sweet. I particularly enjoyed the way the story slipped back and forth from each of the protagonist's point-of-view, but only spent short sections in this manner, not long ones. I was dreading the ending, but Rowell handled it perfectly. Excellent story.
Goodreads Review: Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK 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.