Eleanor & Park (Hardback)
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Description``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``Bono met his wife in high school,` Park says. ``So did Jerry Lee Lewis,` Eleanor answers. ``I'm not kidding,` he says. ``You should be,` she says, `we're 16.` ``What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead.` `I love you,` `Park says. ``Wherefore art thou, `Eleanor answers. ``I'm not kidding, ` he says. ``You should be.``Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love--and just how hard it pulled you under.
- Published: 26 February 2013
- Format: Hardback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781250012579 ISBN 10: 1250012570
- Sales rank: 741
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Reviews for Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park!
Favourite Quote: â??If she showed him how much she needed him, heâ??d run awayâ??
Iâ??ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Rainbow Rowell recently and knew I needed to check out her books! And Iâ??m glad I did, I really liked Eleanor & Park and give it a 4/5 stars!
I think Rainbow Rowell has a distinctive writing style and I enjoyed it. It made this book unique and stand out from other contemporary novels. As for the plot of the book, it was mainly the romance but the family issues raised were just realistic and done very well. Sometimes I felt the pace of the story was a little too slow for my liking and that affected my rating a little. The other thing that stopped this book being a 5/5 was the ending. For me, it was too open ended and although I see why the author decided on this, it still annoyed me because I like to have everything wrapped up and answered! None of my questions were answered so I had to take a star off!
The characters in this book are what make this book great. They are all so original and different! Park was my favourite, I just adored him. He was sweet, kind, gentle and loved comics! Then thereâ??s Eleanor who isnâ??t afraid to be who she is and I loved that about her! I felt for her through out this whole novel, she was a tortured soul! The two of them together was just beautiful â?? even though it was insta-love â?? their connection will each other was limitless! As for all the other characters, they played good roles in the novel and Ritchie was a great villain.
Overall I thought this was a great stand-alone and contemporary novel and would definitely recommend it to everyone! As for Rainbow Rowellâ??s other novels, I cannot wait to read them! by Moodyno1under review
- Top review
A guaranteed re-read and definite favorite
I find it that the hardest reviews to write are those for books that I loved most. It just feels that there are no words powerful enough to express how happy this novel made me. I formed a close connection to this book, and had I made a list of 2012 favorite reads, Eleanor and Park would be very high up on it. It felt personal, and it felt mine.
The story takes place in 1986, a year before I was born. I am old enough to remember making mix tapes, running out of batteries in walkmans and begging for privacy talking on the land-line phone because, well, what other options were there? 90s nostalgia aside, I highly enjoyed this novel for numerous reasons. Both Eleanor and Park are very-well rounded and multi-layered characters that you can't help but fall in love with from the word go. Since the story is told from two perspectives, we gain enough insight into their lifestyles which define who they are-Eleanor coming from a broken and unstable home, Park defined by his ethnicity. When they clash, surprise, it's not insta-love. I loved watching them slowly bonding over music, comic books and common misfit issues, and this is where the personal connections comes in. Some of the conversations between the two of them sounded like echoes of conversations that Darling and I had. I many ways Eleanor reminded me of myself, especially in her shortcomings. Just like Park does to Eleanor, my boyfriend introduced me to the awesomeness that is Watchmen (among others). So when I say that the characters were relatable, and their conversations and voices realistic, I mean it from the bottom of my heart.
The romance is not a typical love story, and there is no happy ending, just something that has to happen. My heart skipped a beat at the last page and reminded me what Eleanor and Park's story is all about-love against all odds, and finding yourself in spite of all obstacles.
Eleanor and Park was, in short, charming, witty, entertaining, emotional, a guaranteed re-read and definite favorite. by Ivana