Third Rocks! Meetup for March, "Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell

Annika, longtime member in good standing, is choosing our book for the month of March. A much talked about book that might be on your "to read" list, Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell. An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013, here is what they have to say about it: While Eleanor & Park is technically classified as YA lit and has a cutesy cover, don’t let the stigma of “books for teens” fool or deter you. It is written about teens, sure, but the themes are so universal that anyone who survived high school will relate to the lives of the two protagonists. Eleanor is the new girl in town and her wild red hair and patchwork outfits are not helping her blend in. She ends up sitting next to Park on the bus, whose tendencies towards comic books don’t jibe with the rest of his family’s love of sports. They sit in awkward silence every day until Park notices that Eleanor is reading his comics over his shoulder; he begins to slide them closer to her side of the seat and thus begins their love story. Their relationship grows gradually--making each other mixed tapes (it is 1986 after all) and discussing X-Men characters--until they both find themselves looking forward to the bus ride more than any other part of the day. Things aren’t easy: Eleanor is bullied at school and then goes home to a threatening family situation; Park’s parents do not approve of Eleanor’s awkward ways. Ultimately, though, this is a book about two people who just really, really like each other and who believe that they can overcome any obstacle standing in the way of their happiness. It’s a gem of a book. --Caley Anderson


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  • Margaret N.

    As the outsider who didn't especially connect with the book, I still greatly enjoyed hearing why others liked it. Thanks for giving me an appreciation of the book that I didn't have before our fun discussion.

    March 15, 2014

  • Lynn T.

    Yes, good discussion. Thank you Annika for choosing a book I would most likely never have on my radar. It was refreshing to read something from the adolescent perspective!

    March 15, 2014

  • Gregg N.

    Nice discussion and nice folks. Enjoyed as always.

    March 15, 2014

  • Maggie

    Everyone had really interesting things to say, as usual. I am so glad I have joined and I look forward to going every time. Thanks!

    March 15, 2014

  • Maggie

    It's worth the time! I loved it and I'm looking foreard to talking about it.

    March 12, 2014

  • PJ

    I bought better eyesight. I bought the book! But haven't found the store where they sell the TIME to read the darn book. Enjoy it without me...

    March 12, 2014

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