Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”-John Green, The New York Times Book Review

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.

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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.

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This book is so powerful. I read it in a couple of hours and I couldn’t put it down. The two POVs, switching between Eleanor and Park, gave the readers more insight on what each side is feeling, thinking, and wishing. Something we don’t usually witness. These characters were layered, had flaws, faults, and a history that would bring the readers emotional pain, allow them to connect with the characters, and root for them to get together, stay together, and be whoever they wanted and needed to be.

After finishing this book I asked myself one simple question, “Why did I put myself through this emotional roller coaster!?” Literally, I was crying- sobbing- every other page.

Park was probably one of the sweetest character I have ever read. He was so kinda to Eleanor, and he really helped brighten her otherwise dark day. And it wasn’t just him but his whole family, I loved how they all tried to welcome Eleanor into their home and always tried to make sure she felt wanted.

I was completely able to relate to Eleanor’s character. I was the “fat girl” in school, and some of the insecurities Eleanor had, I had myself. Honestly I wish I had this book in high school, because it would have helped me so much.

About the Author:

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults. Sometimes she writes about teenagers. 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.

Book Details:

Title Eleanor & Park
Author Rainbow Rowell
Language English
Characters Park Sheridan, Eleanor Douglas
Publisher St. Martin’s Press
Year 2013
ISBN 9781250012579
Pages 328 pages
File Format PDF, EPUB

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