First loves can be compared to a burning candle. As bright as a first love can shine when it first is lit, when it dies or is snuffed out, it can truly burn out as quickly as that same candle was ignited when blown out.
I know I totally remember my first love. And will tell you as glorious as this love felt as I was knee deep in it, when it was over, it was definitely over.
I recall those butterflies and how over the moon excited, I was by this person. He literally put me on cloud nine and had all my nerve endings set ablaze.
Before him, I never knew these types of feelings were even possible, so this was truly foreign and new territory for me at that tender young age of my life.
I also will never forget wanting to spend every waking moment drinking in this feeling, as well as wanting to be with him always.
But once again when it ended, I definitely was like someone had deflated a balloon or indeed blown out that burring candle, because it was most certainly over and just like that I had somewhat landed back to earth. Not that it didn’t hurt; it definitely did, but there was just no going back.
Well, when I read the Goodreads description for the book Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, I truly was transported back, so to speak, to my own first love and all the wonderful, yet tragic circumstances surrounding it.
Here is the Goodreads Synopsis:
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.
Here is the thing, the two characters are honestly nothing like that of me or my ex-first love.
I definitely wasn’t one of the popular girls, but I wasn’t an outcast like Eleanor and yet I could certainly relate to all of her emotions and feelings that she felt towards Park, because like Eleanor I was as I shared earlier definitely been there and done that.
And my first ex-love was not from a interracial marriage, but actually he was from a recently divorced family, which made him all that much more vulnerable and tragic of a figure in my teen years, as Park was to Eleanor.
But one thing that is certain, you do never forget your first love and reading this book certainly proves that, because as I was reading I surely did remember that time in my life fondly and must say the author captured first love perfectly and transports the reader back there in her very own book time machine.
So, the above description on Goodreads definitely was so very true. I also want to add and share that, I read the sample first on my iPad and at first wasn’t totally sold on this book. A few other bloggers shared their interest in this book and even how they read it, enjoying it.
I decided to give it a try then and as slow going as the lead-in and setup was in the sample, once the love story took off the book was fast paced and very entertaining. I actually read and finished the book once I actually got into the main plot in less then two days time.
So, my final assessment is to give Eleanor & Park a whirl and don’t think you will be sorry, because I think we all have had that first love and this book surely will remind all of their experience indeed with their first loves.
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