Saturday, October 4, 2014

Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (in which I gush with no shame)

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Eleanor & Park
15745753by Rainbow Rowell
Release date: 4/12/12
How I got it - bought it
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Description -
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.

My Rating: Infinite Stars!

Review:  You see that puddle by my feet? It used to be my heart, then I read this book... 
So this book was...cute, adorable, lovely, heart breaking, humbling and basically everything I wanted it to be. So obviously I've heard so many good things about this book and I've read and loved Fangirl and I've had this on my shelf since I read Fangirl and I knew it was supposed to end...sadly? So I kept putting it off but when I finally picked it up...I feel in love with it from basically the first sentence and I no longer cared that it was most likely going to leave me crying and pissed at the author. So let's talk!

Let's Talk -

Park - Oh jeez. Can you say perfect book boyfriend? Because he's mine. Like he is everything I would want in a guy and I just love him so much. I literally can't think of a book boyfriend that even slightly compares to him... He's know?

Eleanor - So she had her problems, cried a little too often, sometimes pissed me off when she would get mad at Park for no reason, but I loved her. I felt for her and everything she was going through, I loved how different she was compared to most girls in contemporary books and I just loved her and I love this author so much for creating Eleanor, who is in no way your average YA character.

Diversity - So, Park is half Korean and worries that it makes him look too much like a girl and as some people have pointed out there were some stereo types here, but I loved the way the author wrote Park. I know it's a kind of weird favorite part to pick, but my favorite part was when Park wore the eyeliner for the first time...I just loved that part so much. And of course Eleanor is not your typical "I'm skinny and beautiful but I think I'm plain and ugly" female character. She's not fat(that's what I took away from it) but she is overweight and she is big boned and she does let this get to her sometimes and she does get bullied and that does hurt her, but she's so much more than that. I guess I really loved that for the most part while she was self conscious, she didn't necessarily want to change, you know, she wasn't completely happy with her body, but there were more important things to her and I loved that.

BEAUTIFUL writing - Of course, I was excepting this and the author does not disappoint. Pretty much every other page or so there was some quote that I wanted to mark in my book and was just so good, okay?

The Sad Stuff - Oh Eleanor...her parents are divorced and her mom remarried someone who hates Eleanor and her siblings, someone they are all afraid of...and oh Eleanor. I feel like these heavier issues were definitely done realistically and they were done in a way that made you care so much for these characters, for all of Eleanor's siblings and even her mom. I feel like you couldn't read this book and not feel something, it's impossible. Then you have Park, whose issues aren't quite on the same level as Eleanor's, but are important none the less, I really felt for Park too. He was in love with this girl who has a shitty home life and he can't do anything about it. He feels like his dad doesn't think of him the same way because he wants to wear eyeliner and all this stuff and all the feels!

The Ending(Possible Spoilers Ahead!) - So it was sad, I knew it was coming and I still had tears in my eyes for the last 30 pages, I didn't actually cry but I came as close as possible and I am not a crier. But the very end...the 3 words...they were I Love You...right? So it's not that sad...obviously they will find a way to be together again...right? RIGHT?

Overall - Umm....I kind of loved this book. You got, that right?

Would I Recommend This? Yes!
Who To? All the people!
Will I read more from this author? You're not serious right?

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  1. Ahhh this book was amazing!! I felt the same way about Park, he kind of became more him when he started wearing the eyeliner, difficult to explain :) It was hard to read knowing from the prologue that it was going to be sad - even so I just kept on rooting for them. There was so much more to Eleanor that you don't appreciate until the end of the story.

  2. One of my favorite Rainbow Rowell books! Great review!

  3. Great review! I read Fangirl back in July and didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would :/ But everyone says Eleanor and Park is better. I guess I'll have to read and see!

    1. Oh that sucks, I really loved Fangirl but...I would definitely say Eleanor and Park is better. =)

  4. I was a bit disappointed in this book actually. I guess my expectations were to high. I did really like it though, but I was not okay with that ending. :) But I'm glad you loved it, and what a great review! :)

    1. Thanks and I'm sorry that this one disappointed you! =)

  5. YES I LOVED THAT YOU LOVED THIS!!! I also loved Eleanor and Park!!!! And don't you just love Park! He was so awesome and such an individual and ughhhh. I wish that ending was more. Well. I guess had more closure hahah