Book Review: “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

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“Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

D E S C R I P T I O N 

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.”

Rose-Worthy Features

It’s finally happened, I read Eleanor and Park! I’ve heard so many great things about Rainbow Rowell and her amazing YA books, so I’m more than happy to jump on the Rainbow Rowell fan club. I’ve been trying to read this book for weeks! I put it on hold from the library, and when I went to go pick it up, I didn’t notice that it was in Spanish. So I didn’t get to read it until now. I will say though that this book is definitely worth the wait.

There are so many things I want to say! First off I LOVE Eleanor and Park as characters! They were both so different in many aspects but came together like a puzzle.  Eleanor was so dysfunctional and compelling, I can absolutely say that I’ve never read a character like her. She has such a tough family life but still manages to stay strong for younger siblings, not to mention her experience at a new school is at a rocky start. Now onto Park, wow did I love Park. Park was very simple and straightforward, but also kind of complex. He has a stable family and school life, but he just seems like he wants more. If you decided to read this book then I can guarantee you that you will adore the characters. They were both unique and fascinating to read about!

One thing that I’ve noticed while reading Rainbow Rowell’s books is that they don’t feel rushed. She takes her time as she builds a story into your head and you don’t even notice. Time just flew by as I read this book. Everything felt nice and smooth, while also keeping me intrigued. Each chapter had me wanting more and more. I liked how I got see both sides of Park and Eleanor’s lives, especially once they started dating. It made me feel the intensity of their relationship and made me realize how much I enjoyed reading about them.

Ohh, the relationship between Eleanor and Park. Wow, where do I start? For starters, I loved seeing how their relationship came together. It starts out slow but you get to see their relationship develop and grow and ah it was beautiful. Their relationship is so innocent and pure it had me smiling from page to page. 

Something that I loved while reading this book is just the refreshing vibe I got while I read it. It’s supposed to take place in 1986 and 1987 and I definitely felt that while I read the book. Everything about this book is just so interesting!

Now the writing of this was absolutely exquisite! There were moments where I would read a sentence and audibly gasp because of how beautiful it was. Rainbow Rosewell definitely has a way with words.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. “Eleanor and Park” is one of those books you never want to end. It’s breathtaking and beautifully written. The characters are unique and fascinating to read about. The book made me go through a rollercoaster of emotions, I would smile, laugh and cry all through the book. If you haven’t read it then you need to go get yourself a copy of Eleanor and Park. It’s definitely worth reading and deserves all the hype that it’s getting.



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