Thursday, September 4, 2014

{BLOGGER REVIEW} Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Genres: Young Adult
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Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

... 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.


A half-Korean and half- (don’t mean to offend) white boy named Park Sheridan. And Eleanor Douglas, the new red-headed girl. Two high school misfits that seem completely wrong for each other at a first glance, but come together beautifully.

“You think that holding someone hard will bring them closer. You think that you can hold them so hard that you’ll still feel them, embossed on you, when you pull away.

Every time Eleanor pulled away from Park, she felt the gasping loss of him. ”

A not-so-typical love story between two completely different characters (Eleanor and Park) takes the reader into a whole new world of teenage love. Rainbow Rowell does an amazing job creating an atmosphere of young love that is unique to the characters, but that love is also intertwined with real problems that teenagers face. She includes teenage love drama (which I love) and incorporates with it, dilemmas like being the new kid in school, trying to fit in, bullying, or relationships with parents. As the reader dives deeper into the book, you also discover obstacles of domestic violence, child abuse, and racism that Eleanor and Park go through. (Now some of you may be wondering “Where does violence and abuse come in?”, but you have to read the book to find out now!)  Oh, and did I mention this takes place in 1986? :)

Their love was so much more than just a strong teenage crush and may go beyond true love. It was a dramatic, life-changing relationship and experience as they discover the truths about each other and their own self.

I highly recommend this book because any book that leaves me wanting more is worth reading in my opinion. :)


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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