Hello dear Readers,
Below, my book review of Eleanor: A Novel by Jason Gurley.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Author: Jason Gurley
Author: Jason Gurley
Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. Eleanor’s family is left in tatters: her mother retreats inward, seeking comfort in bottles; her father reluctantly abandons ship. Eleanor is forced to grow up more quickly than a child should, and becomes the target of her mother’s growing rage.
Years pass, and Eleanor’s painful reality begins to unravel in strange ways. The first time it happens, she walks through a school doorway, and finds herself in a cornfield, beneath wide blue skies. When she stumbles back into her own world, time has flown by without her. Again and again, against her will, she falls out of her world and into other, stranger ones, leaving behind empty rooms and worried loved ones.
One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff and is torn from her world altogether. She meets a mysterious stranger, Mea, who reveals to Eleanor the weight of her family’s loss. To save her broken parents, and rescue herself, Eleanor must learn how deep the well of her mother’s grief and her father’s heartbreak truly goes. Esmerelda’s death was not the only tragic loss in her family’s fragmented history, and unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, it may not be the last.
I started reading this book without knowing much about it other than I loved the cover, that I was very intrigued by the title and the synopsis. As soon as I started reading it I knew it was going to be a very different book from the ones I'm used to read and hoped was going to be a enjoyable read, which it was. Actually this was a very rare but unique and beautifully written story.
I will allow myself on this one to use part of the book description because that was something else that made me want to choose and read this book. It is so powerful: "Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. Eleanor’s family is left in tatters: her mother retreats inward, seeking comfort in bottles; her father reluctantly abandons ship. Eleanor is forced to grow up more quickly than a child should, and becomes the target of her mother’s growing rage".
There were times throughout the reading that I was really upset for all going on, I was so invested in the story that it was almost that I could feel what the characters were feeling and that is huge part of what a great story teller does. Eleanor is a story of loss, tragedy, grief, but it is also a story of coming to terms with really even thought the reality is very painful.
Eleanor shows the powerful writing style of his Author and how he wants to give the characters the place they deserve in the story. I like how all the elements on this books are well combined to bring us a magnificent piece of art. Very touching subjects and matters surround the story but they way the Author manages to work them is brilliant.
Overall, unique and hearth felt story, a fantastic book which I totally recommend.
Thank you Blogging for Books for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.