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Book Review » Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Realistic Fiction; Romance; Young Adult; Contemporary.

ISBN: 9781409120544


Publisher: Orion

Format: Paperback

Pages: 325

Synopsis: 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.

MY RATING: 3 Starts


Eleanor is a new girl in town, a redhead. She walks alone at school and she definitely has a chaotic family life. Her mom is married to a shitty man, an aggressive man who mistreats her… needless to say that Eleanor HATES her stepfather.
Park is the boy at the back of the bus, he is asian. He thinks that he can be invisible, but he is never invisible to Eleanor.

I can’t say that I didn’t like the book because I liked it… I can’t say that I loved the book because I didn’t love the book.
When I started reading this I couldn’t get right into the story, I don’t know why… I just couldn’t. It was a bit difficult for me to actually start enjoying reading this book, to start liking the characters.

One of the things that I liked in this book was the fact that “Eleanor and Park” are one of the most improbable and weird couple I had ever seen in my life, and I swear that that’s not a bad thing in my opinion… actually it was what I liked the most about the story. The story is passed in the 80’s which is quite nice in my sincere opinion.

Now a little of SPOILER: if you didn’t read this book and you want to just don’t read the rest of it!

What I really didn’t like about this book was the end of it… not because it was the end but because I didn’t like it, it was strange and got really confused because they were supposed to be together, like together -together and not together – apart of each other like miles away.


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