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Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell. Orion Books. Available here.

When I first heard about Eleanor & Park on Deenie’s blog, I immediately ‘had’ to add it to my wishlist and (no) thanks to Amazon’s one-click checkout service, the next thing I knew, I had a brand new tome set in front of me for an autumnal read. Just perfect.

Eleanor & Park strikes me as a coming-of-age book with a little more meat. Fitted with a tagline of ‘You never forget your first love’, I was intrigued by its nostalgic feel and 1986 setting. Eleanor is the new girl in town. She’s the awkward, red headed, style sensitive girl with an insane home life, and she’s just moved back in with her mother and her new partner.

Within a matter of moments, I found myself relating to Eleanor as the protagonist as she duly heads to school and makes that fiction-famous First Bus Ride. Taking a seat next to Park, the mania of school life and the vicious friendship cycle begins. Park is quiet, careful, cool and mysterious. Equally accepted and rejected by the social elite in school, Park holds an enviable position, yet slowly and steadily, Eleanor and Park fall in love.

I loved reading E&P for relatable points and a compelling yet relatively easy to digest storyline. There’s a lot of meatier content in there and the novel effortlessly blends nostalgic love themes with sad and shocking issues. A perfect winter read for solo evenings or frosty morning commutes.

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  1. Ah Mish this book sounds right up my street. I just need to finish The Memory Keepers Daughter!
    Sophie
    x

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    1. It's a really sweet read, so addictive! Ah is it any good? Desperately need more books for my morning train rides! x

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  2. Mish this books sounds great. I am studying as english it/lang atm and reading huckleberry finn which I am finding some what boring. This book sounds far better.

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    1. It's a really nice read, quite addictive and simplistic but with lots going on as well! (:

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  3. I really want to read this it looks so good <3

    amy xxx

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  4. I really want to give this a read, I've been a little put off by a few reviews saying Park is a bit of an idiot, but I don't think I'll be able to resist reading for much longer!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. I'd recommend it! I fell in love with Park, it was more Eleanor who annoyed me, despite her being the protagonist! x

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  5. It seems like an enjoyable book :)

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  6. This has been on my to-read list for a while, hopefully will get round to it before the year is out!
    I'd definitely recommend Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell if you liked this - super silly and adorable but actually pretty relatable too :) xoxo

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