19 Aug '14, 12pm

Eleanor & Park, or why I don’t read YA romance

Eleanor & Park, or why I don’t read YA romance

I’m not emotionally cold, contrary to common belief ever since my Un-Valentine post. As a matter of fact, I have a love-hate relationship with romance novels. I sometimes get the same feeling when I read my horoscope, but that’s story for another day. Recently a fellow librarian introduced me to Rainbow Rowell’s acclaimed novel, Eleanor & Park and she said it’s a must-read. I did, and boy did it kill me. This is why: 1. Park is too perfect. A young man with the sensibility to share good books and music, tenacity to deal with ambiguity in a romantic relationship, sensitivity to recognise and respect Eleanor’s situation, selflessness in helping Eleanor, not being afraid to be in touch with his emo side (eyeliner OMG GUSHING LYK A TEENAGER). On top of that, he loves his family, he is intelligent, and did I already mention the eyeliner? Admittedly, he has a little temper issue...

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