I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked up Eleanor & Park. Something YA-ish. Probably something hipster and obnoxious. Kids using far too big words and being too cool for school. Something like that.
This book is nothing like that.
It very quickly grabbed my attention and refused to let it go again and I read and read and read. Both characters are so perfect to me and so flawed. They come from two very different backgrounds and both struggle to understand the other's.
Unlike many other YA-books I felt that the love in this felt real. Real teenage love, first crush, first whirlwind of emotion drama, it was all there and it was just so palpable. I never doubted it for a second and I loved how they did. How they both struggle. It's not just all sorted and packed and ready to go, there are obstacles to overcome and after those, there are even more; it's never easy. And whilst dealing with all that they've also got all those other teenagery-feelings and thoughts going on. The book is so very cleverly written that I could just so easily remember how it was to be that young and feel like you know everything, but at the mean time also feeling so very lost.
I definitely recommend this book for both the old and the younger, as a nice change of scenery from the usual YA drama.