First Pages: Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park First Lines:
Happy sigh. Rainbow Rowell starts off her book with music. Not surprising, I suppose, since Eleanor and Park are both pictured with headphones on the book cover. But this hooked me right away--and I'm not sure I realized the book was set in the 80s at first. However, Rowell establishes time right away with the mention of mixed tapes and a tape deck. And the Impala. Just re-reading this beginning makes me want to re-read the whole novel, even if (SPOILER ALERT, MAYBE) I was disappointed with the ending since it was a non-ending to me.
Side note: I loved even more the fact that Park is of mixed heritage in the middle of Nebraska. In the 80s. Man, I can just imagine what that may have been like even though I am not mixed and I grew up in a CA suburb in the 80s. Add in Park's love of The Smiths and I'm hooked.
[For further insight into my thoughts about Eleanor & Park, click here.
Tell Dr. Bookworm!
What do you think of the beginning of Eleanor & Park?
What's your favorite mixed tape you've made? (For newer generations: this is like making a playlist. But limited time. What's your fave playlist?)