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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


TITLE: Eleanor and Park
WRITTEN BY: Rainbow Rowell
HOW I GOT IT: AbeBooks
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 328
GENRE: young adult, romance, 80s, realistic fiction, teens.


(PLOT BY GR) Two misfits. One extraordinary love.
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor. Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park. Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

REVIEW: I have such mixed feelings for this book.
First of all, it was completely different from what I’ve expected; I read the plot months ago and I had this conviction that it was a bus love story but with grown up characters, at least in their 20s. I don’t even know if this story could be labeled as a ‘young adult’, the only argument as YA is the abuse topic.
You will drag in the past: in the 80s. How was life without iphones? If you wanted to enjoy music you had to use tapes and walkman. Follow in love on the bus with comicbooks and music along with Eleanor and Park.

Park is the first love of Eleanor, a young chubby girl with read hair — she feels completely uncomfortable in her skin, she has no friends since she just changed school and city and she doesn’t know how someone like Park could ever like her.
You can’t and won’t resist to Park and Eleanor love story. They’re just so freaking ADORABLE. Yeah, adorable is the only word that you can use when you think about Eleanor and Park. They’re THE OTP!
It’s like when you’re a little girl and you force your dolls kissed each other. That’s how I’ve felt reading Eleanor and Park’s story.

Park and Eleanor couldn’t have been more different; Park is an half-asian guy with a veteran father and loves comicbooks, instead Eleanor comes from a not well-respect family where her mother puts her lover’s interests before her kids, infact Eleanor and her brothers are terrified by their stepdad. Eleanor will find the security that she’s searching for in Park and a safe place in his house with his family.

But the FINALE. God, I hate the finale. It’s just HEARTBREAKING.
Of course, I won’t spoil anything. But that ending was like a punch in the gut.

A little note for the Star Wars reference: Rainbow Rowell is so obsessed with Star Wars, it’s not the first book where you can find a reference about fiction worlds. Actually she wrote “Kindred Spirits” where the story sets during the premiere of the new Star Wars movie. Even if you’re a not a Star Wars fan you cannot not appreciate the references about the popular culture:

“You can be Han Solo,” he said, kissing her throat.
“And I’ll be Boba Fett. I’ll cross the sky for you.”

That’s totally a clichè quote from this book, but I LOVED IT!

“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”

RECOMMEND THE BOOK: It’s gonna warm your heart.
I recommend this book to everybody: just take a break from all your heavy reading and take a jump in the past. Remember how was life without today technology?

3 thoughts on “Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

  1. Aw, oh my gosh I love that quote so much! I’ve never felt drawn to reading this book, probably because I’m usually the black sheep with Rowell books. However, I do appreciate the curvy girl and POC man! Plus the setting sounds really cool.

    Thanks for stopping by Princessica of Books!


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