Eleanor and Park – BOOK REVIEW

August 3, 2016
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 336

Summary: Park can’t help but notice the new girl, everyone noticed her but not in a good way. With Eleanor’s unruly red hair and unique fashion choices, she is just asking to get bullied. Park doesn’t want to be nice to her, he doesn’t want anything to do with her but he can’t just let her sit alone. The more time he spends with her, the more he feels the need to make her happy. Eleanor and Park depicts exactly what it’s like to fall in love in high school.

Thoughts: This book was really good and brought be back to my youth. This book was supposed to be based in the 1980s. I was not able to guess that this book was based in the 80s. Nothing screamed 1980s to me. To me, I was back in grade 7, when walkmans were popular and before cellphones and social media ruled the world. This book felt like it was based in the 2000s and I feel like people from my generation could relate well with this book.

How Eleanor and Park love, is the way most teenagers could relate to. So innocent. Eleanor is smart though, knowing love doesn’t last forever. Park, on the other hand, was totally me – as a teenager. I loved everyone so deeply thinking “this is it”.

As much as I loved how this book showed how it truly felt to be in love for the first time, the ending felt hurried and unsatisfying. I know love doesn’t always having happy endings, or even endings at all. That’s not the part I’m upset about. I’m upset about all the loose ends. Eleanor’s step father was abusive, what happened to him? Anything? I’m sure there is more to that story. She can just disappear if she wants to but she still needs to deal with her shit. I would love to know how she deals with her shit.

I do recommend this book, a lot of people loved it and it does bring back what it is like to be young and in love and in high school. I definitely don’t think it was as good as everyone said it was, and it did not feel like it was based in the 1980s at all. I feel like it should have been based in the 2000s. Nothing felt 80s to me.

Judging a Book by its Cover:  This isn’t necessarily a book I would normally pick up. I only picked it up because it is a popular book.

Favourite Quotes: “She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

“You saved me life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I’m yours. The me that’s me right now is yours. Always.”

For those who read it, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.

And for those who haven’t read it, READ IT so we can discuss it!

You can buy it here!

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