Title: Eleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication: February 26, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Teens, YA Fiction
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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.
Confession: I only read the first chapter of this book. Yet, I felt no need to go any further. When an author uses the F word nine times in the first chapter (mind you, it was only five pages), that is not something I want to spend my time reading.
Now, I know this is a young adult book and kids nowadays talk that same way…blah, blah, blah. I teach middle school. No need to preach to me about how kids today use foul language. But just because that is true does not mean it is okay to write a book that makes that type of talk seem socially acceptable. It’s not. And adults who brush that off and accept it are no better than the kids who speak that way. Just sayin’.
I have almost zero respect for authors who can’t write books without using foul language. Especially someone who writes young adult fiction. You have the most amazing opportunity to influence young kids and make them fall in love with reading. Now, for some, this book may still do that, despite the language. But in my opinion, there has to be a better way. I am not a writer, and I’m not pretending I know what it’s like to write a book that people, let alone kids, will like, but I have to believe in my heart of hearts that this book could have done without the F word.
So, 1 out of 5 stars. Don’t bother with this book. Don’t read a book depicting trash mouth kids. What we put into our minds is equally as important as what we speak out of our mouths.
One out of five stars.
You can pick up your own copy of Eleanor and Park to judge the book for yourself. Get your copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave your feedback for the author when you are done.