This book is a must read. I love romance, but usually, it doesn’t come the way I want it to. Probably because for some reason, the two character’s end up falling in love within the very first page; love at first sight. And yeah, sometimes that works… But in most cases, it doesn’t.
What exactly did I love about this book? Well, honestly, everything.
This is the summary on the backcover:
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 you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.
I think the first thing I loved about this book were the characters, mainly because they’re so different to the usual romance characters you get in book. Eleanor is overweight, dresses weird and is awkward, and Park is asian (I think Park being asian was what made me fall in love with this book even more so, I’m a huge fan of anything asian!).
It’s an easy read, the writing flows beautifully and it’s told in third person by both perspectives. This book really talks about those first feelings of love, of meeting someone when you’re young. Everyone can relate to all the emotions these two feel. It made me think about past love, and how I felt, and by the end of the book I didn’t know whether to cry out of joy or sadness!
What makes this book so different to others in my opinion, is that it doesn’t talk about their love page after page. It’s just two people talking about normal things and slowly, very slowly, realising that they love each other. And that’s what love is like! In most books, they see each other and then you’ve got 500 pages of the girl describing his goddamned eyes and hair and wondering whether she loves him or not. This book isn’t like that. This book really portrays what it’s like to be young, to meet someone and fall in love with that person even though you could never imagine loving such a person. For me, that’s the way it is in reality. You don’t see a guy and think, yeap, going to fall in love with that guy ‘cos he’s got real good hair and bright green eyes. You meet someone and in some cases don’t even think that much about them… and then, you get to meet them and fall in love.
And in a strange way, I truly think that’s the beauty of falling in love. Unexpectedly falling in love with an unexpected person.
“He was still holding the end of her scarf, rubbing the silk idly between his thumb and fingers. She watched his hand. If he were to look up at her now, he’d know exactly how stupid she was. She could feel her face go soft and gummy. If Park were to look up at her now, he’d know everything.
“He didn’t look up. He wound the scarf around his fingers until her hand was hanging in the space between them.
“Then he slid the silk and his fingers into her open palm.
“And Eleanor disintegrated.”