Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | Review

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | ReviewEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Press on February 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 328
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

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I picked this book up on a whim, just because I had heard such great things about it. I’ve seen it all over the book world, including YouTube. Once I finally picked it up, I just couldn’t put it down. I’ve been in a reading funk for the past few months, and this definitely helped.  

Eleanor has a hard life, yet she still lives through every day. She dresses really wildly and people judge her hardcore for that, even Park when he first meets her that day on the bus. Eleanor is different but she owns it in a way that not many people can.  

And then there’s Park. Park, the kid with dark hair that let Eleanor sit with him. Park, the guy who always turns the comic book pages slow so that Eleanor can read them too. Park, the guy that really loves Eleanor.  

Park was just the greatest guy ever. He’s really quirky and he’s also really different, which makes him and Eleanor such a great couple. Park doesn’t know much about Eleanor’s life, which is why they always hang out at Park’s house every day after school, and Park’s mom makes them dinner.  

This book was really uplifting. It definitely had its downs like most relationships do, but it was just so captivating. I instantly fell in love with both characters and I loved reading from their differing points of view. I really enjoyed getting inside both of their heads and seeing what each character thought of the other as well.

I love everything about the ’80s, so that made this book even better for me. The only person I can truly say I hated in this book is Eleanor’s dad, though I was supposed to hate him. I’m definitely going to reread this book soon; it earned a spot on my favorites shelf.  

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. I plan on reading this one at some point, I think every review I've seen has been very positive. I like the references to the 80's and comics that I've heard about too- sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. This book made me cry so hard. But I still loved it to shreds. (the love/hate relationship between books and us readers…Even the references which I didn't get/understand were utterly fantastic.
    If you'd like another Rainbow Rowell book to try out I highly suggest Fangirl. It's not nearly as… sad, but just as good if not better.

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