Book Beginnings on Fridays #2

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Description: Every Friday we share the first sentence (or so) of the books we are reading, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

This week’s selection: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

eleanor & parkSynopsis (from Goodreads):

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK 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.

Beginning (prologue):

“He’d stopped trying to bring her back.
She only came back when she felt like it, in dreams and lies and broken-down deja vu.
Like, he’d be driving to work, and he’d see a girl with red hair standing on the corner – and he’d swear, for half a choking moment, that it was her.
Then he’d see that the girl’s hair was more blond than red.
And that she was holding a cigarette… And wearing a Sex Pistols T-shirt.
Eleanor hated the Sex Pistols.
Standing behind him until he turned his head. Lying next to him just before he woke up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough.
Eleanor ruining everything.
Eleanor, gone.
He’d stopped trying to bring her back.”


After much deliberation I’ve finally started reading Eleanor & Park today. I loved Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, and really want to like this one, too. So far I do and it’s a very sweet story, but there’s also an underlying sadness that’s already reflected in the first few sentences.


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