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Membayangkan 2 orang yang teralienasi dunianya masing-masing yang jatuh cinta karena The Smiths. Rainbow Rowell jenius menyisipkan banyak band indie dan playlist lagu-lagu yang tidak biasa. Seolah langsung mengajak kita mengikuti cerita mereka diiringi lagu-lagu tersebut.
Beberapa quote dan playlist yang ada mudah-mudahan bisa memberikan gambaran, bagaimana cerita Park, memulai ceritanya dengan Eleanor di antara percakapan di dalam bus, komik X-Men, dan Chuck Norris.
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” (Park)
“Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.” (Park)
“I just want to break that song into pieces and love them all to death.” (Eleanor)
“There’s no such thing as handsome princes, she told herself. There’s no such thing as happily ever after.” (Eleanor)
“There was something about the music on that tape. It felt different. Like, it set her lungs and her stomach on edge. There was something exciting about it, and something nervous. It made Eleanor feel like everything, like the world, wasn’t what she’d thought it was. And that was a good thing. That was the greatest thing.” (Eleanor)
“Everytime, he breaks your heart. And everytime, he expects me to pick up the pieces.” (Eleanor’s Mom)“I don’t know how to say good-bye to you,” she said. He smoothed her hair off her face. He’d never seen her so fair. “Then don’t.” “But I have to go.…” “So go,” he said with his hands on her cheeks. “But don’t say good-bye. It’s not good-bye.” (Park)
“I’m interested. It’s like you’ve got all these weird barriers set up, like you only want me to have access to this tiny part of you…” (Park)
“He knows I’ll like a song before I’ve heard it. He laughs before I even get to the punchline. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes me want to let him open doors for me. There’s only one of him.” (Eleanor)
“If you couldn’t save your own life, was it even worth saving?”