The previous weeks had been boring, dull and unbearably dreary. So, when the sun came up on Sunday morning in all its brilliance I decided I was going to make the most of it! I grabbed an old dusty copy of Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor and Park” from my bookshelf and sat in the garden determined to finish it. I didn’t pick the book because I loved it… I picked “Eleanor and Park” up because it was an easy escape from the monotony of lockdown which I had grown accustomed to. It was something I wanted to indulge in wholeheartedly and I did indeed finish it before the sun went down and disappeared again.
I know what you’re all thinking… my time spent reading “Ulysses” by James Joyce or some other abstract complex piece of literature would be time well spent. Truth be told, I do indeed love those pieces of work for what they are… a challenge and an adventure. That Sunday morning however I needed something else… something simple.
Eleanor and Park
I settled into the pages with ease. If anything really is easy to read, it’s YA fiction and there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s a reason young teenage girls can flick through the entirety of the Twilight saga in a matter of days… It’s simple, It’s easy and you know what? I’m even gonna describe it as fun! A lot of the more seasoned readers just spat out their tea… I hate to break it to you guys but it’s true! YA fiction is fun! There’s a reason these works of literature are so successful. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I like all YA fiction… including twilight! It offers something new to many readers in the experiences of old.
Your Only Young Once
That statement is precisely why I love YA… It’s an escape, a gateway into youth. Books like Looking for Alaska, and Eleanor and Park remind me of what it’s like to be young again, to feel like love is the most important thing in the whole world. It’s cheesy… I’m very much aware, but sometimes cheesy is exactly what we need!
Getting lost in Forks
So, binge watch Twilight, read through Eleanor and Park, and all the other books that occupied our teenage bookshelves. We put them there for a reason. Just because it’s YA doesn’t mean it’s trash, if a book makes you feel anything at all it’s doing its job… yes seasoned readers, even if that emotion is disgust! Put down Dostoevsky and Dickens alike, and let’s all get lost in Forks!