4 July 2015

Review: Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
This edition published by Orion Books in 2013


Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. 
Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he's made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor... never to Eleanor. 
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose. 


Okay, wow. This was my first Rainbow Rowell read and it's great.

Let me start by talking about the parents. Park's parents are great. They try to make their children better. And they're so balanced! Like, they do what they can to keep their children good while not spoiling them. Or making them excessively rebellious. They're strict, but they're not the I'm gonna kill you if you disobey me strict. And they're not stubborn.

But Eleanor's. Eleanor's situation made me sad. Broken original family. All went to the mom, mom married a jerk. Mom's scared of new husband. Real dad almost doesn't care.

And Park basically saved her.

Park. I love Park. Partly because he's Korean, but mostly because of the hero factor. And HE JUST ROCKS (we should never forget Park's eyeliner.). He's one of my favorite book boys.

And Eleanor... I like how she thinks! Well, sometimes. Particularly the moment when she told their English teacher that Romeo and Juliet wasn't love at first sight, it was Oh My God, he's so cute at first sight. I think she's strong. I mean, she doesn't strongly react to the bullying and stuff, but she's strong enough to hold it. And thank you so much to Park for making her stronger. (stronger's not actually the right term but I can't exactly pinpoint it) We should never forget that moment when Eleanor told Park that she lives for him.

The love story is just... beautiful.

I don't know if I missed a part or something- I don't understand why Eleanor wouldn't respond to Park properly expect for that three word thing. I also don't know why I'm perfectly calm with the ending.

But was a prom date required or something because please explain the first three paragraphs of the last chapter.


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1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading Eleanor and Park, too, but I must say that Fangirl is my favorite Rainbow Rowell title. x

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