Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | Book ReviewEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Press on February 26th 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback

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

What I thought NEW

As I am incredibly behind in reading this book, this review probably won’t tell you anything you haven’t heard before. But because it was such an incredibly good read I can’t really help myself to at least write something about it and show you what I loved so much about this book.

The way it is written. Those metaphors! Gosh, the words just seemed to flow. With every word I read the story seemed to come alive. I was absolutely absorbed in the story from beginning to end.

The characters. They’re real and relatable. Eleanor, a ‘big’ girl with flaming red hair, and Park, a thin (half) Korean boy. The point of view switches every chapter or so and it makes that you can identify with Eleanor, the way she feels so insecure about herself and her body, but also with Park, the way he looks up to his dad and feels like he isn’t meeting his expectations. Both are flawed in their own ways and it makes the story unmistakably real. Beautiful.

The setting. It’s 1986! Lot’s of movie and music references. I love music from the 80’s, or really older music in general, which made the story even more appealing to me.

The ending. The ending was a tiny bit frustrating and maybe a bit mean, I’ll give you that much, but in other ways it was beautiful. I love that the reader gets to use their own imagination to decide what happened to Eleanor & Park. View Spoiler » Everyone gets to give their own meaning to the ending and to me there’s an unmistakably beauty in that ability.

This book was absolutely beautiful. The story is adorable, but will wreck havoc on your feelings. All the feels! I’m in love with this story and the characters (and adore Rainbow Rowell for writing yet another beautiful book).