Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | Review

September 2, 2015 | Posted by Gaby in Book Reviews | 7 Comments

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | ReviewEleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: January 1st 2012 by St. Martin's Press
Pages: 328
Format: Hardcover
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4 Stars
Source: Purchased

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.

Let me start of by saying that I really enjoyed this book but i was expecting a little bit more from it, don’t get me wrong this was literally one of the cutest books I’ve read in a while.  A very emotional read. This book made me smile, this book made me angry, frustrated, it made me feel giddy and warm and it also crushed my heart. That is probably the thing I like the most about this book, the fact that it made me feel all this different types of emotions.

I loved Rainbow Rowell’s writing style. Her stories are fantastic and her characters are so well written. I feel like this book felt very believable to me. While I was reading I sometimes forgot that these where fictional characters. I liked Eleanor, she was different and refreshing and I do have to say that at times she frustrated me a little but it’s a part of her story and her personality. I’m not crazy about Park but he was interesting. I like the romantic aspect of the story its a very interesting and sort of different story than the ones we are used to but it made me feel all warm and tingly.

The ending of the story. God! That Ending! I liked the idea but in truth there are things that I would have liked to know so it felt a little like it was all left hanging there. Rainbow Rowell should really consider writing like a novella or something about what happens next.

Very simple yet very beautiful book


About Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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7 responses to “Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | Review

  1. I enjoyed E&P when I read it, but like you said, I was expecting more. There’s SOOOO much hype surrounding this book, and Rainbow Rowell in general and I guess I was expecting to be blown away with all of her books. Not so much. E&P is actually my favorite of hers but I still wasn’t in love with it. I think I gave it 4 stars too.

    Great review!

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  2. Sam

    This was my “gateway” Rainbow Rowell book (my kid had it, so I read it and I liked it). RR always does an amazing job creating unique and interesting characters. The ending, I thought, was fairly typical of a contemporary. I feel many contemporary stand-alones that don’t do the epilogue thing, like to leave the ending a little open ended. You can tell, the story moved in a positive direction, but you can make your own decisions/guesses about what really happened there at the end.

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