Eleanor by Jason Gurley
Time is a river.
1985. The death of Eleanor's twin sister tears her family apart. Her father blames her mother for the accident. When Eleanor's mother looks at her, she sees only the daughter she lost. Their wounded family crumbles under the weight of their shared grief.
1993. Eleanor is fourteen years old when it happens for the first time... when she walks through an ordinary door at school and finds herself in another world. It happens again and again, but it's only a curiosity until that day at the cliffs. The day when Eleanor dives... and something rips her out of time itself.
And on the other side, someone is waiting for her.
My Review: Eleanor begins in 1962 with the first Eleanor. Eleanor is a young wife and mother who lives with the regret of never following her dream and becoming a professional swimmer. 1962 leads into 1985 where we meet Eleanor's twin grandchildren, Esmeralda and Eleanor. Through a series of events, (which I won't give anything away, but I will tell you that you really have to read this book) we are forwarded into the future, 1993 to be exact and Eleanor is trying her best to hold her family together.
Told in multiple perspectives - Eleanor, Agnes, Paul, and little/teenage Eleanor, Eleanor is captivatingly beautiful in it's writing. Jason Gurley has created the perfect blend of fantasy and drama to create a YA novel that is simply amazing and a must read for 2014.
Being completely honest, there were a few times where I was confused and didn't seem to know what exactly was going on, but I stuck with the book and am so glad I did. The ending was perfect and knew exactly how to leave the reader craving more. Rereading Eleanor a second time made everything easier to understand and allowed me to see things that I had missed the first time around.
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