Road Trip Wednesday: March’s Best

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. This Week’s Topic: What was the best book you read in March?

I read some good things this month but I have to give the “Best Of” award to Rainbow Rowell’s ELEANOR & PARK.

eleanor & park

From the description:

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 16.
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, this 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.

Y’ALL. This book is a thing of beauty. As if the fact that author John Green loves it isn’t enough, Rowell’s story has humor, tension, romance, and kickass ’80s references. It’s hauntingly beautiful, every word carefully chosen and deliberately employed, with such spot-on alternating voice that I wanted to weep.

Four days after reading it, ELEANOR & PARK refuses to completely leave my brain. It’s just that amazing.

It made me feel like I could never write anything better, then made me want to write better than I ever have.

Thank you, Rainbow Rowell, for reminding me of how impactful a book can be. Oh, and for talking to me on Twitter.

9 thoughts on “Road Trip Wednesday: March’s Best”

  1. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read this book yet! But I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. I’m going to my local indie book store tomorrow to pick up my copy of 17 & GONE. I’ll have to buy this one while I’m there too. Great post!


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