Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bookanistas: Eleanor & Park

"Bono met his wife in high school," Park says.
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen."
"What about Romeo and Juliet?"
"Shallow, confused, then dead."
''I love you," Park says.
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be."

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.

So, you guys know by now my love for books with Asian characters...specifically Asian boys. And even more specifically, Asian boy love interests. So, yeah, as soon as I found out that Park is Korean I knew I would be in love with this book. Park is Korean, you guys! He's the romantic interest! This is awesome and I absolutely love it. 

This book is all about first love...the slow, spinny way you fall for someone you don't want to fall for and the way it changes you from the inside out. The things you do for that love and the things that love makes you feel. This book captures all of those feelings, the good and the bad, and spreads them all over the pages. It's awesome, and it's full of The Feelings.  This is one of those books that makes you feel all giddy inside when you read it. 

And if that doesn't sell you on this book, lovers of love, look at that adorable cover! I's exactly what a cover should be. Perfect. Just like Park and his t-shirts and mix tapes and his guyliner. (Don't get me wrong...Eleanor is awesome, too. But PARK!)

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  1. Makes me think of Park Ji Sung, the greatest Korean Soccer player ever! Okay, off topic, sorry.

    I'm not a huge reader of romance, but that cover, combined with the 80s, might do it for me.

  2. That is one adorable cover! This one sounds so good (as does ATTACHMENTS, which I still haven't read!)

  3. I've been wanting to read this one for ages... Love the cover, love the first-love concept, and now, having read your review, I'm even more excited about it. I have it waiting in my Amazon cart to order next week. :-)

  4. Ohhhhh boy, I have a feeling I am going to love this one! It sounds so totally up my alley!

  5. It's odd because my first "love" was oh so icky, and I hardly want to remember it, but I gravitate towards first love books. Thankfully, my first REAL love, as in I want to be with you forever and you want to be with me forever too, I met shortly after the other one and is now my husband. Anyway, this is actually the first I've heard of this book, although I've had my head slipped tight under a rock for a while, so it's nice to hear of something new and something which sounds right up my alley. I'll look this one up. Thanks for the terrific review!

  6. This definitely looks like something I would love! I don't know that I have ever read a book with an Asian boy love interest. Not by choice, I just don't know of many out there.

  7. I have had Attachments on my TBR list forever! This one sounds just as good, and now I can't wait to read it!