May 13, 2013

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher’s summary: 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.


My take: After hearing from so many people who loved this book and after reading John Green’s awesome review of Eleanor & Park, I was really looking forward to reading this book.

First of all, I am quite pissed off with the ending. There was something that I was waiting, and Waiting, and WAITING for that I thought would happen sometime throughout the entire book, and then something happens in the very end that only “implies” that this particular thing “might have” happened. BUT I wanted Rainbow Rowell to SPELL IT OUT!!!! I want to know what those three friggin’ words were on that dang post card. I have my hopes about what they mean but, based on this particular character, her actions are not always what you really expect or hope for.

OK…I have a lot of emotions over this book. I think I was a little guarded through a lot of the book because I was constantly bracing myself for something awful to happen. And yes, something awful does happen and, even though I was trying to prepare myself for the worst, I didn’t think it would happen like that…so I was all thrown off. You want to know if I cried? Yep!!! I cried…a lot. But it was all worth it…and it would be even more worth it if Rainbow would actually tell us what’s on that post card. *sigh*

What I loved most about this book is how well the characters were put together. First, there are Park’s totally hilarious parents who seem to be making out all the time in every corner of the book. And then there are the all-around horrific parents of Eleanor who make you want to climb right into the book and give Eleanor a giant hug. There’s also the change in Park’s personality from the beginning of the book to the end, and then there’s Eleanor who seems like she doesn’t care what people think about her on the outside but, on the inside, she’s ALL messed up. And last there are those characters that ended up surprising me at the end of the book! Loved it!

This is a very quick read that takes you through a lot of emotions, but the best part is the very fun, intense romance that seems like it should be totally awkward, but is OH!!! SO PERFECT!



Danny said...

Oh how I love when a book gets to you that you are so full of emotion. I haven't read it either and now I know I will be just as frustrated about not getting to know something… Still, I do want to read it so bad!

Alison Can Read said...

I really want to read this. I've read almost all good reviews. I'm curious what I'll think of the ending. Sometimes I like an open ending. Fab review!

Ivana said...

Oh, this was the cutest book I read in a while. And yes, that ending! Though I couldn't really imagine them having a typical HEA, sadly, because both of them deserve it so much.

Cash for Gold said...

This book looks really great. I wish there was less profanity, but I still think I'll pick it up. :) Thanks for the review!

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I'm an avid reader in my 30's and just discovered a love for books that are considered Young Adult Novels. Don't shy away from these books, even if you're an adult! I loved everything about this book. It's obvious that author Rainbow Rowell was once a teenager in love because she captures it perfectly in this book. And as an added bonus, it takes place in the 80's. I can't wait to read Rowell's other books.

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