We here at BookPeople are all in love with Eleanor and Park. It doesn’t stop there our teens and some of our favorite authors feel the same. We are so excited to officially announce Eleanor and Park as our May Buzz Book!

The amazingly talented and internationally famous author of The Fault in Our Stars, John Green raved to The New York Times
“But I have never seen anything quite like “Eleanor & Park.” Rainbow Rowell’s first novel for young adults is a beautiful, haunting love story — but I have seen those. It’s set in 1986, and God knows I’ve seen that. There’s bullying, sibling rivalry, salvation through music and comics, a monstrous stepparent — and I know, we’ve seen all this stuff. But you’ve never seen “Eleanor & Park.” Its observational precision and richness make for very special reading…

Early in the novel, Park’s English teacher asks him why “Romeo and Juliet” has survived 400 years. With Eleanor looking on, Park says: “Because people want to remember what it’s like to be young? And in love?” After a moment, he adds, “Is that right?”

It is. “Eleanor & Park” reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.” To read John Green’s full article CLICK HERE.

We recently hosted the bestselling author of Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs and he selected Eleanor and Park as one of his must must read recommendations.

Laura, of our Teen Press Corps is in agreement-

 “I absolutely adored this book. I’ve never really been a huge fan of realistic fiction (fantasy has always called my name), but this book is so well written. The part I loved most, however, was that the characters slowly fall in love over the course of the entire book and their relationship isn’t perfect by any means.  It makes the story so much more believable.” Click here to read Laura’s full review.

And Emily (also of our Teen Press Corps) called the novel, “sweet, beautiful, and heartbreaking.” Click here to read Emily’s full review.

Ta’Necia, our YA specialist, says “They’re realistic and know that young love never lasts, but they are crazy enough to give it a try. This book is funny and heart breaking, like a 1986 Romeo and Juliet. I can’t express how much I loved this book, it’s already one of my favorite books of 2013.”