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FIP Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title:  Eleanor & Park

Authr: Rainbow Rowell

Summary

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.

FIP Rant: 

One word, WOW! Dare I venture and say Rainbow Rowell may well be the Judy Blume of today’s generation.  This lady has time travel powers, I’m sure of it!  She was absolutely able to transport herself and her readers back to our teenage years.  She gets it!  When you’re that young and in love,  the biggest obstacle in life is the world. Everyone is against you, everything is against you – and Rowell brings legitimacy to that feeling.   To often, teenagers are told that they should enjoy the best time of their lives, that this is puppy love that won’t last… but why? Who says? Does age dictate this? Or is it that so much of our lives as young people are at the mercy of adults? I don’t quite know, but I loved reading Eleanor & Park and pondering these questions that fell off my 35 year old radar a long time ago.

I wish I’d had more books like this when I was younger; books that tackle gender biases and have unconventional heroes.  Park’s struggle to accept Eleanor as she was, was very real. His coming to terms with acceptance was real. He emerged as a mature solid character who was unshaken in his commitment.  The other hero was obviously Eleanor.  She changed her situation, she refused to accept things as they were. I loved how Eleanor seemed calm collected in the face of fear, but her insides and her insecurity was all too real. GOD! I was that girl! I never let anyone know they got to me – but lord I suffered! Before I start going off on a monologue about why HS sucked, I’ll leave you with this: read this book.  Enjoy it. It may not change your world but it’ll make you remember that you’ve come a long ways and you’re ok.

I really hope they make a movie of this. Shall we cast?

Park: Logan Lerman

Eleanor: Demi LaVato (hair dyed ofcourse)

Stay tuned for FIP recipe.

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Book Review: Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

What an interesting concept — YA literature being taken to this grey land is something definitely worth reading.

Hey, Library Girl!

Will Caynes has a fairly complicated life.  Thanks to his divorced parents, he spends his time shuffling between the city and the suburbs of Minneapolis.  His father is drinking again while sort of aimlessly renovating his old house, and his mom has a new family in the suburbs and seems to think that buying things is the same thing as parenting.  When Will meets Brandy, a sophomore girl he finds surprisingly easy to talk to, he can’t believe his luck.  The two start to see each other, but there’s a complication: Will and his best friend Angus, who is openly gay, have been hooking up on the sly.  Will is attracted to both of them, and he cares for them both, too.  So what does that make him?

Carrie Mesrobian’s latest offering for teens is a knockout of a novel.  Mesrobian is a master at capturing the authenticity of being…

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