Book Review: Eleanor & Park

eleanorAuthor: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 329

Year of publishing: 2013

Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis:  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

Review: Eleanor & Park tells of a magical story of love, the first love, but not the typical story of love at first sight. He speaks also of insecurities, fears, reality and dreams. It is a book that needn’t action to captivate, is a very simple book but transmits very nice things. The story is about a innocent, sweet and slow relationship. I think it’s possibly one of the best youth novels that have been published in recent years related to love. It is a story that leaves time for characters to fall in love slowly, slowly, with small details that make the greatest love between them. Everything is created after several trips on the bus, several comics, several talks…

The novel also deals with issues such as gender violence or bullying, the author has been able to talk about them with respect and sensitivity, without turn this story into a dramatic story. It is a novel that leaves you wanting to read more. The author’s way of writing is excellent and gets easily read story. The characters are very different from the typical love novels or films. She isn’t blonde, nor has a body of Victoria’s Secret model and he is not a boy popular or the cutest boy in the school. And this sparked my curiosity about this story. Eleanor is brave but weak and is honest, she wears vulgar clothes and has suffered a lot by not having a good family. Park is kind, sweet, funny and nice but however on a couple of occasions is very superficial. He is the typical person that can defend what he thinks and does not care what others think of him. He’s the guy that everyone should know once in life. They meet in a rather curious way: Park feels ashamed to the dresses of Eleanor and cruelly tells her to sit with him. Parkk knows that Eleanor is not the most beautiful woman but gradually falls in love with her and he wants her until to the last page of the book with all faults.

The bad point thing about this novel is the end because it is open-ended.

In conclusion, this has been one of the most magical and beautiful novels I’ve read in recent years. It is a book with beautiful phrases related to love, phrases with which I identify. Definitely would I read it a thousand times because really worth reading it. My valuation for this book is 5/5.

What’s your valuation for this book? I hope your opinion in the comments box and if you like this post, share it in your social networks. Thank you so much!

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Written by: Ana


3 thoughts on “Book Review: Eleanor & Park

  1. Fantastic review, this book looks so charming and I have been hearing so many great things about Rainbow Rowell. I’ll have to pick it up to see for myself!

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  2. I loved this book so much! It’s definitely the most serious out of Rainbow Rowell’s novel but it also doesn’t make you feel completely depressed the entire time you’re reading it. It’s such a sweet love story and it’s unlike any other typical romance you get in YA books. Great review! 🙂

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  3. Happy that you liked it! I wouldn’t though say that the Eleanor’s clothing is vulgar, she is more of the ‘what in the thrift store is cheap and fits me, will have to be good enough’ girl. At least in my imagination. 🙂

    Great review and thanks for sharing your thoughts on my blog.

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