Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 328 pages
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Source: Personal Library, Bought
Rating: 4.5 Stars
ELEANOR AND PARK 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.
many feels. I was literally a bundle of emotions before I reached page 100. Now
that, my friends, is skill. The most amazing thing about this book is that I
immediately connected to the characters. I’m talking from page one. I just felt
such a deep, emotional connection to them. They felt like friends. Which made
me fall absolutely and hopelessly in love with this book.
strong, amazing girl. She has a horrible home life. I mean, truly awful. And as
if that’s not bad enough, she’s not exactly your “traditional-looking” girl.
She’s heavier, has bright red curly hair, and doesn’t exactly wear the latest
trends in fashion. But Eleanor had this shining inner strength that I wish I
had myself. Is she hurt by what the kids say? Yes. Is she hurt by her home
situation? Absolutely. But Eleanor survives and she pushes forward every single
day. I don’t know if I would be able to do that in her situation.
am in love. He is the first contemporary book boy that I have fallen head over
heels in love with. He was so…real. He has insecurities. He even has some
terrible thoughts about being seen with Eleanor. And that’s okay. Because he’s
human and he’s a teenage boy and he’s allowed to. What’s great about Park is
that he evolves and grows and Eleanor really helps him become the person that
he is, the one he’s been trying to hide. Park is so sweet, so protective, and
just so perfect. I loved everything about him.
stars? It was going so well. SO well. I was raving and fangirling over this
book in my head. Even after asking twitter if the book was going to break my
heart and getting an overwhelming “yes”. But that’s okay. I don’t mind crying.
And I didn’t mind what happened. (I mean obviously I wanted everything to be
rainbows and unicorns, but that’s not the way life works.) But the ending felt
incomplete to me. It was too open. I want to know what happened. I kind of felt
like I got dropped off the edge of the cliff. Am I the only one who feels this
The rest of the book was incredible. Absolutely stunning. Rainbow Rowell is two
for two so far for me. Now I need to get my hands on her adult book, Attachments and her new one Landline which is coming out this year.
She’s an auto-buy author for sure. She writes with such emotion and depth and I
just love everything about her writing. I seriously sticky-noted the crap out
of my copy of Eleanor & Park.
*sigh* So many amazing quotes. Anyway, you should all read this. If you like
contemporary, or even if you don’t, I recommend this book. Powerful characters.
A beautiful, slow-burning love story. I’m still swooning and trying to slow my
heart rate down over here. Happy reading all!