Eleanor & Park Book Review


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Published: February 26, 2013

Pages: 336


Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.

I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

My Thoughts:

This is the most charming and adorable book that I have ever read. A love story set in 80’s, this book made me laugh and cry and fall in love with the characters. The way that Eleanor and Park fall in love, by reading comic books and listing to music together, was geeky, fun, and real. They are both misfits that I could relate to, and I just loved their characters so much. Especially since the story was written by switching between Eleanor and Park’s view points. I got to see how they both so and felt about each other, which made me love them even more.

Although this is a great contemporary love story, it also has other very deep and dark aspects to it. There is emotional and physical abuse, isolation, bullying, and neglect that breaks your hear, and adds so much to the book. The writing is wonderful, and all of the parts, dark and light, come together in such an amazing way that warms and breaks your heart at the same time.

Both of the characters are going through a hard time trying to figure out who they are and having trouble at home, and it is very real and relate able. The thing that I love most about Eleanor and Parks Relationship is that they accept each other how they are, and when one decides to do something, the other is okay with it and supports them. They are there for and help each other trough everything, and have no bad feelings or judgement between them. I loved them together, and wish that I could have a relationship like there’s.

This is definitely my new all time favorite contemporary novel, and I highly recommend it. It sets you on a whirlwind of emotions, and makes you nostalgic for the time of walk mans and    mullets. I absolutely loved this book, and everyone should pick it up

Rating: 5 Stars / 5 Stars

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