Oh. Emm. Gee. I don't even know where to start. The last month or so is an absolute blur--a lot of hard work, a couple of unexpected bumps in the road, a lot of excitement. Mostly just life stuff but all at once, you know?
Anyway, this is probably not a return to regular posts just yet. Both of my schools had their first day last week, and this week marks the first week of my regular routine--one school in the morning, the other in the afternoon--teaching my regular classes.
I got to meet most of my students last week, and I asked the rest of them to email me a little bit about themselves this weekend, and I am so stoked for this school year. I am teaching such awesome kids. I'm still pinching myself that I get to teach at both of these schools.
I've been driving myself back and forth this week--got my license in mid-August! As nervous as I was preparing for the driving test (and actually taking it) I find that I am not nervous at all driving on my own! I'm sure I will be the first few times when I go out on the expressway around town, or on the highway, but I've got the home-work route down pretty well. However, my new school owns two small buses (like, seriously, not large vans, but true buses) that we are supposed to learn to drive in order to take students places. I am not keen to do that anytime soon!
But the real reason I am blogging right now is because I picked up Eleanor & Park off my shelf around 11:30 pm last night, and finished it around 11:30 am today, with sleeping in between. And it. was. glorious. Reading, how I've missed you! (Although I did get to read Ready Player One, since it was my new school's summer reading! I highly recommend it--it's totally a YA book in a lot of ways, although the MC transitions from HS to adulthood partway through.)
Anyway, here are some barely-coherent thoughts on E&P!
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was the perfect book to sneak into the busiest and craziest month of my life. I've been missing reading and I don't know when I'll find time to read another book for fun; it's been at least a month since I read a book off my shelf just because I wanted to and I was hurting for a good story. I got a great one.
Eleanor & Park is a love story that reminded me of how things actually felt when I was a teenager. There was a delicate balance at school, in the lunchroom, on the bus. Your life in school is different from your life outside school; one can change while the other stays (outwardly, at least) the same. Holding hands can be life-changing enough to make anything else seem unnecessary, for days or weeks or months.
The thing I loved the most about this book was how well it captured the awe on both sides of the relationship. The how could this amazing person possibly be interested in me? that can be so toxic when it's one-sided but so lovely when it's mutual. The complete fascination with another person's ears, or hands, or laugh.
I also love that both characters had lives outside of their blooming relationship, and their lives affected the course of their relationship in large and small ways. Park kept eating lunch with his same friends; Eleanor made friends of her own to eat with; both of them navigated the waters of their families' reactions to the relationship as well as they knew how. Eleanor and Park love music and comics, sometimes the same ones, but not always. I love that they disagreed sometimes--that this wasn't a relationship based on the kismet of complete similarity of opinion (which is probably feigned by at least one party in 100% of situations that ostensibly fit that description.)
Mostly I loved how perfectly this story was told, and how much it swept me away with it.
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