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Review: Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

This was a heavier read than I expected, slower-paced than the YA texts I typically pick up and just -- a bit more dense. Rowell manages to bring in some serious real-world shit (race and masculinity, fatness and desirability, abuse and more abuse) without veering into tokenization or after-school special territory. The realness makes it a more difficult read than the beach-book romances of Sarah Dessen and crew, but it's also creates layers and roots the text more deeply in the reader. I expect these characters will stick with me for many years.